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Old 11-12-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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Hey Ya'll,
I am building my new shed. It is going to be 10x12. I do not plan on insulating it. I may occasionally have a heater in it to take the edge off. So here is my question... based on that I live in Lincoln, Nebraska where the temps hits the extremes, do I need a ridge vent? I am installing the rest of the roof panels tomorrow and want to know if I should cut the slot for the vent? If I should what size does it need to be, width wise? Thanks, Tony
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Old 11-12-2011, 10:52 PM   #2
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For my 12x20 in progress, I installed gable vents, one on each end.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:00 PM   #3
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Absolutely you need a ridge vent and eave vents. It is to remove heated air from inside the roof space.
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Old 11-12-2011, 11:22 PM   #4
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You need 'a' vent. It doesn't have to be a ridge vent. Just some way for moisture to escape instead of building up and rusting everything in the shed in the winter. As mentioned before, it also keeps the temps from building up in the summer.
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Old 11-13-2011, 12:24 AM   #5
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stay away from the ridge vents that look like a scotch brite pad in a roll, they tend to get clogged up with dust and dirt.
I would think that a couple of these
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with some eave vents would be fine for what your doing, but im sure that youll be told otherwise.

re-read your post, are you using metal roofing like pole barn metal? that vent wouldn't work for that, you'd need to use a ridge vent but not the mesh (cobra) vent, that stuff will clog up over time.
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Old 11-13-2011, 04:11 AM   #6
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I recommend the ridge vent.





I used this from lowes....

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Old 11-13-2011, 04:27 AM   #7
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I recommend the ridge vent.





I used this from lowes....

So..... how does it vent when its covered in a foot of snow??
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:15 AM   #8
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Ridge vent is a good idea but you need to set your rafters 16" oc.
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Old 11-13-2011, 08:23 AM   #9
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Definitely go for the ridge vent. I only had small gable vents on my open rafter shop and the hot air just hung up there. After having the ridge vent installed, even before ceiling insulation it made a huge difference in getting the heat out of the ceiling.
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:16 AM   #10
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Thanks Ya'll,
I put the rafters on sixteen centers, well sort of. The shed is coming along fine. I need to finish up the installation of the last roof panels. I have to go buy two more sheets of plywood for that. Hopefully I can get off my rear and get it at least tar papered today. I don't like cold and anything below 60 degrees is that for me. G-mo I saw those panels at the depot by me. I was going to use those. Thanks for all the help, Tony
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Old 11-13-2011, 11:21 AM   #11
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So..... how does it vent when its covered in a foot of snow??
It really shouldnt NEED to vent if it is covered in snow.



That said, Ive had 3+ feet of snow on my place, and the ridge vents were still clear. Just a slights breeze across the ridge is enough to keep snow from building up. On at least 1 side.
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Old 11-13-2011, 01:02 PM   #12
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The one and only storage shed I ever built I put ridge vent with vented soffits on it.

It's so nice on a hot summer day to have it not be 200* in there or smell like gas from the cans stored inside.

Made my roof 6/12 as well, it normally doesn't hold snow.

There was a guy that used to come in our shop that built storage sheds as a sideline. Of course everyone wanted them as cheap as possible so his normally had no venting at all. They don't last for shit. My theory is with hot and cold they condensate internally, plus typically they're sitting on skids in the dirt drawing moisture and it makes rot from the inside out.
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