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Old 02-21-2011, 04:33 PM   #1
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I'm putting together plans to replace the cheap aluminum shed in my backyard (which collapsed under the snow) with a real, 10'x13' stick built one. I've done research enough to know how to make the trusses, and framing the walls is a no-brainer.

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I'm thinking it might be nice to lower the expected ambient temperature in the shed. In the summer, the aluminum shed was a sauna, so I figured I'd put in some sort of minimalistic venting. The shed will not be insulated, it's just meant to store the mower, bikes, etc.

The roof I am planning is a 6/12 pitch, gable-type roof. I was thinking I'd put vented soffit in, and then, in the highest point of the "triangle" of the gable, put some sort of exhaust vent. I don't really want to deal with flashing around a vent in the roof. I've never done roofing, so I want to keep it simple.

The shed is 10 feet wide, so using the 6/12 pitch of the roof, that would place my vent about 2.5 feet above the soffit. would this get me enough air flow to make a little difference, or is this not going to do enough to bother going to the trouble?
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Old 02-21-2011, 04:55 PM   #2
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Incorporate a cupola and make it a cool looking shed....

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I forgot to mention, we're planning on paying off this house in a couple years and moving. it's a starter house, so I'm saving my fancy shed for the backyard of my dream home

Not to mention that a cupola defintely does not qualify as a simple, lay down some shingles, roof!
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Not to mention that a cupola defintely does not qualify as a simple, lay down some shingles, roof!
Sure it does...........
Cut your sheathing out
Shingle the whole roof minus the ridge cap
Install the cupola right over the shingles
Install the ridge caps

Done
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Another thought might be to put a small, screened, awning window in each of the gable ends. You could open them once in the spring, and close them again in the fall. If you want to dress it up a bit, you could use octagon ones.
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Personally, I would just install a full length ridge vent. They install easily and simply, just about like the cupola Cleve mentioned.
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Personally, I would just install a full length ridge vent. They install easily and simply, just about like the cupola Cleve mentioned.
Agreed ^. Being that it's a shed, there will be enough gaps to let air in for the ridge vent to draw out
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thanks for all the advice guys.
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