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How To Do Shed Roof Framing Yourself

How To Do Shed Roof Framing Yourself

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Learn how to build your own shed roof frame...

Anyone who has ever stood and watched professional carpenters frame in a house or roof has probably stood in awe of the “amazing” skills it takes to put all the pieces in place perfectly.

The reality is that shed roof framing is nowhere near as complicated as you might think. If you are like me, you probably have a reasonably good idea of how to build most of your shed. That is except for the crowning glory, the shed roof.

In truth framing in the foundation and the walls, adding doors and windows, these are all relatively straightforward, simple tasks. 

  • For many people, the idea of having to do the shed roof framing is a little bit on the scary side.
  • What gables, gambrel style roofs, how do you calculate the angle for the trusses, and what about the rafters?
  • Should you build a “stick frame” roof, make your own trusses, or buy them ready built?
  • What type of roof is going to provide the necessary strength?
  • How do stick built and truss style roofs differ?

The most important thing to remember is that if you can frame in the foundation and the walls of your shed, there is no reason why you can't also handle the shed roof framing.

To be sure using pre-built trusses is the easiest way to go, but with a little practice, you can create a jig that can be placed on the floor of your garage or your back deck that can be used to build a set of trusses for your shed that will be perfect.

It All Starts with the Right Tools and Equipment

No matter whether you are talking on baking a cake, changing the oil in your car, or shed roof framing, it all starts with having the right tools and equipment for the job. 

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In most cases, simple hand tools are good for most of the work, but there are going to be a few power tools that will either be necessary or will make the job much easier and go more quickly.

Let's take a look at the tools you are going to need:

Safety Equipment

  • Safety goggles or glasses for each person working on the project
  • Leather gloves to protect your hands
  • Ear plugs for use with power tools
  • Knee pads

Tools You MUST Have

There are just some tools you can't build anything without. This list is only to get you off to a good start, I am sure there are a few I haven't listed or you have your own favorites to add to the list.

The most important thing to remember is to use the tools you are most comfortable with as this will make the project go much more quickly.

  • Tape Measure
  • Clawhammer
  • 4 or 6-foot level
  • Circular saw
  • Power drill
  • Sawhorses (at least 2)
  • Nail set (punch)
  • Speed Square
  • Extension ladder
  • Step ladder
  • Heavy duty shears or scissors

Tools it Would be Nice to Have

While hand tools are all well and good, they are not the most efficient way to get the job done. It can take hours to hammer in all the nails needed to take care of all the foundation, wall, and shed roof framing, not to mention the number of blisters you are likely to end up with if you try.

You can pick up a small pancake compressor for under a hundred bucks from Amazon or your local discount home improvement store. Framing and roofing nail guns can be found for around the same price. 

If you are going to use pneumatic nail guns, be sure to read all of the safety warnings and instructions before using them. You should never use a pneumatic tool without the proper safety equipment (goggles or safety glasses) and take a little time to learn how it works on scrap wood before you try to take on your shed roof framing.

  • Air compressor
  • Air powered framing nail gun
  • Air powered roofing nail gun
  • Air powered staple gun
  • Electric miter saw

Materials You Will Need

While this might seem obvious, there are certain materials needed to build any kind of shed roof framing. For the most part, your shed plans should come with a list of the materials needed for each part of the shed from the foundation to the roof.

One of the most important things to consider when buying your lumber is to take a little extra time and check each piece for straightness, excessive knots, holes, chips out of the edges, and cracks that can and will have a detrimental effect on your finished roof.

Here is a short list of common materials you might use in building your roof:

  • 2 x 4
  • 2 x 6
  • Plywood or chipboard sheathing
  • Roofing felt
  • Shingles or metal roofing
  • Drip edging
  • Ridge or gable vents
  • Truss plates (used to connect the individual truss pieces together)
  • Hurricane tie-downs (metal plates designed to solidly connect the trussed to the walls)

Different Types of Roof

Beyond the standard flat roof or single sloped roof, the most common styles of shed roof are gable, gambrel, skillion, and salt box.

Each of these styles has their advantage both in design and construction. All of them make a good choice for your garden shed.

The Gable Style Roof

A gable style roof is considered to be the easiest type of shed roof framing to work with.

Essentially you will be building a series of triangular shaped trusses based on the pitch of your roof. You will need to build a number of trusses based on the length of your roof.

This roof style is similar to those seen on the average house with a single peak in the center and one slope on either side

The Gambrel Style Roof

The gambrel style roof is a lot like the old “barn” style roof. It has two slopes on each side of the peak.

The main idea behind this type of roof is that it provides you with a huge amount of storage space, especially when the walls are six feet tall.

It is one of my favorite roof styles and is also perfect for adding a cupola to for added ventilation and appearance.

The Saltbox Style Roof

The saltbox style roof is also a dual slope roof like the standard gable roof in that it only has two slopes. The big difference is that the front slope is shorter than the rear slope. It adds a lot of style and charm to your garden shed.

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The Skillion Style Roof

This is a single slope roof with a peak at either the front or rear of the shed. It is simple to construct and considered to be quite strong.

These are typically the easiest types of roof to build and take the least amount of materials and time. Watch a skillion roof being built here.

All of these common roof styles require some form of truss to be built in order to support the covering and any load such as snow weight.

The one good thing is that once you have decided on the roof pitch all you have to do is built the first truss and use it to create a jig you can use to build the rest of the trusses so that they all match.

The Basic Step-by-Step Construction Process

If you have never built a shed before, let alone worked with any type of shed roof framing, you might be surprised at just how easy it really is.

The first step is to determine the desired pitch of your shed roof. As complicated as this might seem and as many places that will try to tell you that you need to fully understand complex geometry, the reality is much simpler.

Roof Pitch

Roof pitch is the angle of slope of your roof based on the amount of rise versus the distance from the edge of the roof to the center.

Your roof must have a minimum pitch of at least 3-12. What this means is that for every 12 inches of horizontal run your roof needs to rise at least 3 inches.

You can use a roof pitch calculator to determine your pitch and make the necessary adjustments to your design.

Bear in mind the steeper the pitch the more likely your shed roof will be able to shed rain and snow.

Build the Trusses

Now that you have the roof pitch calculated, it's time to measure the lumber and build your first truss.

This is where you need to understand basic trigonometry in that in an equilateral triangle there are 3 sides, let's call them a, b, and c. Basic Pythagorean theory states that the length of a² + b² = c². Thus, if side a is 3 feet and side b is 4 feet then the length of c should be 5 feet.

You can substitute any numbers into this equation and figure out the length of side c which is the longest run.

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Once you have created the basic truss pattern, you can cut and lay out the first truss, which you will use as a pattern to build the rest.

There are two ways to connect the pieces together, the first is to overlap the boards and either screw or nail them together. The other is to use metal plates available at most hardware stores and home improvement stores to join them in a single flat truss.

Both methods will get the job done, however, the metal plate butt joint method tends to be stronger and is better suited to areas with a lot of snow or high winds.

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This cool video will show you how to build gable style shed roof framing.

How the Weight is Supported

The way in which the weight of the roof itself and any rain or snow load is supported varies based on the design of your roof and trusses.

In a skillion style roof, the lumber provides most of the support with the use of spacers placed between the long run of roof beam and the rafters. These roofs are relatively strong and inexpensive to build.

In a standard two slope roof, the weight can be distributed in a couple of ways. For the most part the weight is supported by the triangular shape, however, one the ends there are supports running from the beams or rafters up to the top angled board of the truss.

The same can be said of the gambrel style roof. But the skillion style used supports like this across the entire structure, making it exceptionally strong.

Understanding Snow Load

According to roofing experts, snow load is the amount of additional force or weight of the snow and ice that is pressing down on the roof. There are several factors that must be taken into consideration when trying to calculate snow load, including:

  • Density
  • Accumulation
  • Variations in temperature
  • Mixed moisture

Bear in mind that a single inch of snow can weigh from 1/4 lb. to 3/4 lbs. per square foot. A single inch of ice comes in at just under 5 pounds per square foot, this is approximately 5 times the average weight of the same amount of snow.

Doing the calculations can be extremely confusing unless you are an expert in the field. The person doing the calculation has several factors to consider:

  • Recent ground snow information provided by the National Weather Service
  • The shape of the building including the roof and any obstructions on the roof
  • How much wind the roof is exposed to
  • The application of the building and how many occupants it has
  • The thermal values of the building

You should use a snow load calculator to help you get in the ballpark and ensure your shed roof framing is going to be strong enough to take on your worst winter weather.

Installing the Trusses

All roof trusses must be properly installed, but don't worry this is not as difficult as it seems. In this video, we see standard gable roof trusses being installed.

The most important thing to remember is that all trusses must be installed perfectly vertical for them to be effective.

Installing the Sheathing

Once the trusses are built and in place, the next step is to install the sheathing.

This is done by installing a number of sheets of either plywood or particle board over the top of the trusses. Not only does this give you somewhere to attach the roofing felt and shingles, it also adds to the structural integrity of your shed roof.

Follow the steps in this video to learn more about installing the sheathing.

Finally, the Shingles

Now you are ready to finish your shed roof using standard asphalt roofing shingles.  The shingles will keep rain and snow at bay, help to reflect the sun's UV rays, and put the finishing touch on your garden shed.

In this video, we see how to install the roof felt, the drip edge, and the shingles to create a complete roof that will last you for many years.

To Top It Off

I hope you have enjoyed this brief tutorial on shed roof framing and that you have learned something from it.

The most important things to remember are that you need to follow your shed plans to the letter, everything needs to be square, use plenty of nails or screws, and most of all be confident in your ability to get the job done.

You don't have to be an expert carpenter to build roof trusses or install a solid functional roof for your shed, just have the patience to take your time and get the job done.

I have tried to give you the information I found useful during the construction of my garden shed, much of which I wish I had had when I started to build my shed. Some of which I learned by trial and error.

The good news is that in the end this information along with the videos can help you build a garden shed that can stand up to years of rain and snow and will serve you well.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this and it has helped you learn how to build the best possible shed roof framing for your shed.

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Shed Roof Pitch

Everything You Need To Know About Working Out Your Shed Roof Pitch

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What you need to know before you start putting together your shed roof

So,by now you may or may not have figured out that framing in a wood shed is not as hard as you though it was. At least with regard to the floor and walls, but if you are like me, the idea of putting the roof together is more than just a little scary.

While a flat roof is relatively easy, when it comes to a sloped roof, you must understand what shed roof pitch is and how to calculate it before getting started or your efforts could end in disaster.

Follow along as we go through everything you need to know about shed roof pitch and your roof is sure to turn out just fine in the end. Don't worry, if I can build a shed roof, anyone can!

Shed Roof Pitch Info ( Just Before You Start ... )

Let's get started by stating the obvious, shed roof pitch is the amount of slope your shed roof has. It is measured by the amount of rise in the roof compared to the run of the roof.  Here is a simple diagram that explains this term:

 

Shed Roof Pitch - Rise over Run

How important is having the right shed roof pitch? This depends in part on where you live, in part on what the weather in your area does, and in part what your personal tastes and building skills happen to be.

Bear in mind there is significantly more work involved in building a pitched roof than in building a flat one.

The weather plays a very large part in the amount of pitch your shed roof is likely to need. Areas where it tends to rain or snow may need a much steeper pitch than in areas with little to no rain or snow.

You should also take into consideration that flat roofs hold up much better in strong winds than those with a steep pitch. One quick way to see what type of shed roof pitch might be best for where you live is to look at your home, your neighbors' homes, and sheds in your local area.

Planning Your Shed Roof - Easy Does It!

In this section, we are going to take a good look at the basics of shed roof pitch, which is one of the most important aspects of building the roof for your shed.

We are also going to go over several other vital pieces of information that will prove to be invaluable in designed and building your shed roof.

What Type of Roof Do You Want to Build?

Long before you start to worry about your shed roof pitch, you must decide on what type of shed roof you are going to cap all of your hard work with. 

Obviously, if you are going to install a flat roof on your shed, you won't have to worry about any amount of shed roof pitch as a flat roof has a pitch or 0/0, in other words, it rises zero inches for every zero inches of run.

Beyond this there are several different styles worth considering, including:

  • Barn or Gambrel style roof
  • Gable style roof
  • Hip style roof
  • Pyramid style roof
  • Salt Box style roof
  • Standard pitched roof

Each of these styles of shed roof has one or more slopes to them. This means that you must be ready to calculate both the shed roof pitch and any snow load in your area if you are going to build any of these roofs.

However, you should also figure in your own construction abilities as you look the different types of roof. Take a more detailed look at the different types of shed roofs here.

Does Your Permit/Local County or Jurisdiction Require a Particular Pitch?

Remember when you had to go to your local authority to see if you needed a building permit to build your shed in the first place? Did you stop to see if they had any rules or regulations in place regarding shed roof pitch?

 While not all local authorities have requirements regarding roof pitch, the last thing you want is to stand proudly back looking at your finished shed, only to have a building inspector tap you on the shoulder and say, “I am sorry, but your shed roof pitch is not within the standards established, or “Where is your permit?You don't have one?You're shed roof has to be taken down.”

The best thing is to have the right answers before you get started. Click hereto find out if your local county or city has shed roof pitch requirements.

It is far better to know in advance what you are facing than to build first and then find out you were in error.

What are Low Pitched Roofs?

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Low pitched roofs are described as those with a pitch of 3/12 or less. Having such a low pitch makes walking on your roof much easier and safer.

Low pitched roofs typically cost less to build and require much less in the way of maintenance.

What are Mid Pitched Roofs?

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A medium pitched roof is one that has a pitch of between 3/12 and 7/12. This range makes up the bulk of new roofs being built on homes and outbuildings in the U.S.

Personally unless you live in an area of extreme snow load, I would recommend you incorporate a shed roof pitch of between 4/12 and 6/12 for optimum results.

What are Steep Pitched Roofs?

Steep pitched roofs are those with a pitch of greater than 7/12. These roofs require you to have special equipment to walk on them safely. Because these roofs shed snow/ice and rain more easily, they tend to last longer than low pitch roofs.

Calculate Snow Loads

Does it snow where you live? How much? In all reality, if you live anywhere that enjoys snowy winters, you must calcite the snow load your roof will be able to handle before you cut the first board. The snow load on a roof is measured in pounds per square inch, this method uses the ground snow load as its basis.

Whenever you are building any type of commercial, residential, or storage structure in an area that receives snow in the winter, you must consider snow load when choosing the materials you plan to use for your roof and the shed roof pitch needed.

While there is a set of exceptionally complex mathematical formulae you can use to determine the snow load in your area, this involves a lot of research and hard work.

For those of you who are like me, a little on the mathematically lazy side, I recommend you use an online snow load calculator. You will need to obtain certain information such as your local “ground snow load”, you can wait for winter and measure it, or better yet look it up in your local or state building codes.

Be sure to follow the instructions very carefully with any online snow load calculator you plan to use.

One thing to keep in mind is that one foot of fresh snow can weigh anywhere from 3 pounds per square foot all the way up to 21 pounds per square inch, depending on whether you are dealing with light fluffy snow or heavy wet snow.

At the same time, you should also be aware that a single inch of ice weighs in at slightly under 5 pounds, a square foot of inch of ice this thick weighs about 57 pounds.

Here is some detailed snow load information put out by FEMA for you to browse when you have a spare hour or two.

Ventilation

No one could blame you for thinking that keeping the roof of your shed sealed up tight would be better during the winter months. There are a couple of very important reasons why this thought is completely opposite to the truth. Keep in mind that if your roof is not vented, the surface is going to stay warmer than the outside air.

If your shed roof's surface is warm, when you get a healthy covering of snow, the space between the surface of the roof and the snow stays above freezing. This lets the snow that is actually in contact with the roof melt, reducing your risk of ice dams building up.

 If your roof is not vented and is heavily insulated, the surface will not stay as warm. As snow hits the roof, some of it might melt, most of it won't. That part that does melt will quickly freeze forming ice dams that trap snow on the roof, rapidly increasing the amount of snow load your shed roof must bear.

How to Measure/Determine Shed Roof Pitch

In the simplest possible terms, shed roof pitch is defined as the amount of rise per foot of run.  It is expressed as X/Y, where X = rise and Y = run, for example, 4/12 or 5/12, and so on.

Worth noting is that the higher the first number in the equation is, the steeper the pitch of your shed roof will be. So a roof with a 5/12 pitch is steeper than one with a 4/12 pitch.

roof_pitch_chartImage Courtesy of Carpentry Pro Farmer

This simple diagram will help give you a better idea of how shed roof pitch or for that matter, any other type of roof pitch works.

A couple of points worth noting are that the steeper you make the roof, the more it will cost to build due to an increase in the amount of materials needs, but the steeper the roof is, the longer the roofing materials are likely to last.

Shed Roof Pitch Calculators

The best way to calculate the pitch of your new shed roof is to use an online pitch calculator such as this one here or this one. The only thing you need to know to use these pitch calculator is at least two of the following, run, rise, or angle. Once you enter the appropriate information, the calculator does all of the work.

The calculators will give you whatever piece of information you are missing, you can then use the results to help you determine the best shed roof pitch and ensure you have enough materials to build your roof.

In Conclusion

My guess is that you probably never realized that there would be so much to determining how steep your shed roof should be. In reality, having the right shed roof pitch is vital not only to the structural integrity of your shed, but also its ability to withstand high winds, heavy rains, and heavy snow loads.

One last reminder to check your local codes before getting started or you may find all of your hard work turns out to be for naught when your local inspector tells you to tear it all down.

I hope the information I have pulled together here for you has helped you to gain a better understanding of shed roof pitch, how to calculate it, and why having the right pitch is so important to your shed.

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The 9 Most Common Roof Styles for Your Shed

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Decide and choose your shed roof style ...

One of the toughest parts of building your garden shed is deciding what type of roof it should have. You might think that the simple gable style roof is your only option, but in reality, there are several different shed roof styles for you to choose from, all of which can be used with equal success in most instances.

Just like house roofs, your shed roof must be able to withstand rain, snow, sun, heat, and cold while continuing to protect your shed and everything in it. The good news is that no matter which shed roof style you choose;most are relatively easy to build.

Top Roof Styles In Use Today

There are fifteen different roof styles in common use today, most of which can be used on your garden shed. However, if you look at the images below, you can see that several of them are not exactly practical for use on your backyard shed.

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Top Rated Shed Roof Styles

So, let’s take a closer look at 9 of the most common shed roof styles in use today, along with their good points and bad points.

Gable Style Roof

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The gable style roof is one of the most common styles of roof in use today in residential, commercial, shed, and garage construction. This shed roof style is also known as a peaked gable or pitched roof and is easy to recognize by its triangular shape.

While relatively easy to build, even for beginners, you will need to know how to calculate the correct pitch and snow load to ensure your new roof will provide you with years of service. This type of roof can be covered with a wood sheathing, felt paper, and shingles or made with sheets of metal.

Pros

                                             Cons

Sheds rain, snow, ice easily

May not be best suited to areas where high winds and hurricanes occur

Offers more space for an attic

Poor construction or inadequate framing can lead to the roof collapsing

Simple and less expensive to build than many other shed roof styles

High winds can cause the shingles, felt, or sheet metal to peel away

Hip Style Roof

The hip style roof is one that includes slopes on each of the four sides of your shed. All four sides of the roof should be equal in length such that they come together at the top of the peak forming a ridge. This ridge is often used in houses, garages, and shed for a vent to help keep the inside cooler during the summer months and to help ventilate fumes.

The hip roof is slightly more difficult to build than a gable roof.

Pros

Cons

Excellent for areas of high wind and snow

More expensive than a gable roof to build

Offer space for an attic

Requires more building materials than a gable roof

More stable than a gable roof

Added seams may result in more leaks

Flat Style Roof

The flat roof is probably the most common form of commercial or industrial and as the name suggests, this shed roof style is perfectly flat. But worth noting is that even though this type of roof is perfectly flat, it does have a slight pitch designed to help with drainage and water run-off.

The good news is that they are one of the least expensive types of roof and can be used in areas with high or low rainfall with equal success.

Pros

Cons

If you build it strong enough can be used as a patio

Low pitch makes flat roofs susceptible to leakage

Good place to install solar panels

Not recommended for areas with high snow or rainfall

Easy to build requiring fewer materials

Higher overall maintenance costs

The Barn or Gambrel Style Roof

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If you go out in the countryside and look at many of the older barns, especially for those of you who live in the northeastern part of the U.S. You will see many of them sport this double slope style of roof.

The lower slope tends to be almost, but not quite, vertical. The upper section of the roof has a much lower slope.

These roofs are seen on homes, barns, log cabins, and of course, garden sheds. They are considered to be very aesthetically pleasing.

Pros

Cons

This style of roof offers plenty of extra space for storage without added expense

Not recommended for areas of high wind or those with heavy snowfall

Simple construction with two roof beams and a series of gusset joints

If not constructed properly tend to be structurally weak

Fewer materials mean lowered construction costs

Need to be waterproofed at the ridges to prevent leaks regularly

The Pyramid Style Roof

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Just the name says these roofs look a lot like the Great Pyramids in Egypt in which all four sides of the roof meet in a point at the top of the roof. Each of the four sides has a single slope.

With this particular style of roof there are no gables or vertical sides. They are a good choice for smaller sheds or any other type of auxiliary structure.

Most designs feature overhanging eaves that help to reduce energy costs. Bear in mind this type of roof can be challenging to build.

Pros

Cons

Good choice for use in areas with high winds

Requires more building experience

Extra space adds more storage

Higher costs due to complex design

High slopes are good for areas with heavy rain and snowfall

Top may be too high for certain building code restrictions

The Saltbox Style Roof

The salt box style roof offers a slightly different take on the pitched roof in that one slope typically has a steeper pitch than the other and is shorter. This roof design features gables at each end.

This roof style originates back in the early Colonial days and came from the need for people to add more room to their homes without having to invest significantly in more materials.

Although mainly used in homes, the saltbox roof can be an excellent choice for larger sheds and garages as it can turn a single-story building into one that is either one and a half or two stories high.

Pros

Cons

The dual slopes let water run off easily, perfect for areas with heavy rains

The design itself if rather tricky

More durable than the standard gable roof

If you build a loft It will have sloping walls

Can be built to handle moderate to heavy snow loads

May be expensive due to the number of trusses and supports needed

The Skillion Style Roof

The skillion style of roof is often referred to as a lean-to or shed style roof. This shed roof style offers a single slope roof with one end often attached to the wall of a taller building such as the side of your house or garage.

In many ways, it looks just like one-half of a pitched roof. In most cases, these shed roof styles are reserved for use in home additions, porches, and of course, sheds.

They are among the simplest and in many cases the least expensive roofs to build.  Most are covered with sheet metal, an EPDM sheet, or rubber membrane.

Depending on which way the slope of the roof points, a skillion roof can be the perfect place to install PV solar panels.

Pros

Cons

Very easy to build

The ceiling can end up being very low depending on the pitch of the roof

Steeper pitch lets snow and rain run off easily

May not be best suited for areas where high winds are common

Less expensive to build due to the need for fewer materials

May not be the most aesthetically pleasing roof

The Jerkinhead Style Roof

This style of roof looks very much like the standard gable roof in that it retains a central ridge with sloping sides. The big difference is that the ends of the roof have similar features to those found in hip style shed roofs. In other words, the roof looks just like a gable roof that has had both ends “hipped” or cut short and then folded down.  

This style of roof is also described as an English hip roof or a clipped gable roof. No matter how you describe it, the roof looks like a little like a milk carton that someone has pressed the ends down on.

Pros

Cons

These roofs are more stable that the standard gable roof

They are far more complex than a gable roof

These roofs are far more stable in high winds

Complex design makes the cost higher

Higher pitch adds more interior space

Requires a higher level of building skill

The Bonnet Style Roof

Bonnet style roofs are also referred to as a kick-eave roof are very similar in design to hip roofs, but add on an extended lower pitched eave that goes around the perimeter. This overhang can provide you with a place to relax out of the sun and help to keep rain and snow from getting in the doors.

While not one of the most commonly used shed roof styles, they do still have their advantages as well as being extremely aesthetically pleasing.

Pros

Cons

The upper slope can be used to create more storage space

Complex design requires more materials to build

Overhanging eaves offer shade and protect the walls from water damage

Expensive to construct due to need for more materials

Rain and snow run off the slopes easily

Water can pool in the valleys where the two slopes meet, extra waterproofing must be used

Topping It All Off

As you can see, there are many different shed roof styles for you to choose from. Those listed above are the most commonly used and for the most part among the easiest to build. While you are considering which one of these roofs is likely to be the best choice for your shed, keep in mind your construction skills.

There is no point in choosing a particular style of shed roof, falling in love with it, and then as you get started building it, finding out that you have to hire a contractor as your skills are simply not up finishing what you have started.

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How To Keep Your Shed Weatherproof With Shed Roof Felt

How To Keep Your Shed Weatherproof With Shed Roof Felt

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Here is what you need to know about roofing felt...

While a wood garden shed might be the most aesthetically appealing and one of the more durable designs, even the best of sheds is only as good as the roof.

Roofing felt can be a good way to keep the inside of your shed dry, it is relatively easy to apply and requires very little in the way of tools or experience to install.

However, there are a few things I feel you should know before you rush out to your local home improvement superstore and plunk down a wad of cash on several rolls of shed roof felt or you could end up doing the whole job all over again.

Top Things You Should Know about Roofing Felt

Before we get too far into this, you should know that while shed roof felt is an economical and easy to install way to protect your wood shed roof, it is subject to blistering and cracking that can lead to leaks.

Depending on the climate where you live, you may find that using nothing but shed roof felt is not going to be enough to effectively seal and protect your shed’s roof and everything you have stored inside from rain, snow, and ice.

This being said, roofing felt can be a good way to seal your shed roof, but you may want to add a layer of shingles over the felt to create a more effective and longer lasting roof if you have room in your budget. At the same time, there are different types of shed roof felt to choose from, each of which has its problems and advantages.

Roofing felt is typically attached to the wood sheathing or clapboards using nails, this in and of itself creates a risk of water intrusion over time as the nails pull out under high winds or are pushed out as the wood expands and contracts with changes in temperature.

Roofing felt can also tear or be damaged for several reasons, including:

  • High winds
  • Ice buildup
  • Tree branches
  • Extremes in temperature
  • Toys hitting the roof
  • People climbing on the roof

Yet despite these potential issues with shed roof felt, it still makes an excellent way to waterproof your wood shed roof when you are working on a budget.

On top of this, it is one of the simplest forms of roofing to install as anyone who can use a few basic hand tools can replace the entire roof of their shed in a few short hours.

Different Types of Shed Roofing Felt

In the early days, roofing felt was typically made from rolls of paper that were impregnated with tar or bitumen that may or may not have been embedded with various minerals to help reduce the damaging effects of solar radiation.

This type of roof felt was considered to be relatively effective, but because it was made with a paper base, was prone to tearing under high winds. 

Today most shed roof felt is made using either a fiberglass fleece or polyester base material as both of these materials are significantly stronger than paper.

Fiberglass Fleece

Shed roof felt made with a fiberglass fleece base are considered to be among the strongest and longest lasting in the industry. These roofing felts are known for their ability to withstand tearing and to hold up under extremes in weather.

The fiberglass fleece is impregnated with a tar-like substance called bitumen that makes the fleece waterproof.

Polyester Fibers

In recent years a new type of roofing felt has been developed using polyester fibers as the base material.

Much like fiberglass based felt, polyester based felts have a high resistance to tearing and is capable of handling extremes in weather. It is also impregnated with bitumen that makes it waterproof.  

This type of shed roof felt does not last as long as the fiberglass variety.

An Organic Option

The final option that may be available in your area is completely organic roofing felt. This type of roofing felt is made from fibers of rags. The base material is then soaked in asphalt to make it waterproof while still retaining the organic qualities, the reason why so many people choose this option.

Much like the polyester based felt, this type of felt does not currently have the same durability and lifespan of fiberglass.

Recent Improvements in Roofing Felt

As with just about everything today, even roofing felt is going high-tech. Today’s roofing felts have been designed to be better at sealing around the nails used to secure them to your roof.

Many of the new materials weigh less than their traditional counterparts and are offered in sheets that are up to 36-inches wide. Some of these improvements have increased the cost of roofing felt, but their durability and the reduction in the number of seams you end up with are well worth the added cost.

Many rolls of roofing felt now come with lines marked on them to speed up the overlapping process and help you keep everything straight, which is vital to not only doing a professional installation job but also in making your roof as tight and waterproof as possible.

One thing to keep in mind as you look at the different types of roof felt for your shed is that if you are not adding shingles on top of the felt, you need to choose felt that has a mineral-based surface.

A Word about Weight and Warranties

All types of roofing felt, including shed roof felt are listed and sold by their “weight”, which is in effect the manufacturer’s way of describing its thickness. Roofing felts are sold in a number of weights with 15 lb. or 30 lb. weights being the most common.

30-lb. felt is thicker than 15 lb. You should base your choice on the size of your shed roof and the climate you live in. Bear in mind that the thicker felt will last far longer and be able to withstand extremes in both heat and cold.

Each manufacturer offers its own range of warranties based on the type of felt you are buying, its thickness, any coatings, and numerous other factors. Be sure to read the warranty on any shed roof felt you are thinking about buying.

While there is a number of inexpensive “shed roof” felts on the market, you will be much better off buying roofing felt that is made for use on houses as it is much stronger. The difference in cost is easily offset by their durability longevity.

How Much Shed Roof Felt Do You Need?

Now that you have a good idea of the different types of shed roof felt available, it is time to look at how much you need to buy. This is a relatively easy process that starts by measuring the full size of your roof.

You will need enough felt to run the entire length of your roof plus an extra 2-3 inches at each end for the overlap.

You will also need an additional length for the crown of your roof, bear in mind that in order to effectively seal your roof, the felt must be laid perfectly flat and in overlapping layers.

Roof felt is sold in rolls, most of which are now 36 inches wide and come in a variety of lengths. Choose rolls that allow you to cut the maximum possible number of single sheets out of the roll with minimal waste.

Which One Should I Buy?

With so many different brands on the market, it can be hard to know which one you should buy.

The one thing that most professional roofers will tell you up front, is that you should avoid those so-called “shed” felts as they are literally “paper thin” and while inexpensive, they do not stand up well, especially in high winds and because of this are not considered to be worth the money.  

Here are some of the best ones I could find for you to consider.

Tamko Roof Felt

Lightweight, Inexpensive Underlayment Roof felt

This is an organic felt that is saturated in asphalt that measures a full 36 inches wide by 144 inches long. It is 15 lb. felt that is black in color. Worth noting is that this is asphalt saturated organic mat, but it does not have a mineral coating to help make it more weather resistant.

Each roll contains enough felt to cover 4 squares of roof or 432 sq. feet. According to the manufacturer, this roofing felt is intended for use as an underlayment, meaning you should plan to cover it with shingles for optimum performance.

Pros

Cons

Very inexpensive

15 lb. weight is thin, will rip easily

Large rolls

Has no mineral coating for protection from the weather

Easy to install and work with

Not made for use without shingles

Orgill Roofing Felt 15RF

Top of the Line 15 lb. Roofing Felt

Although this roofing felt may be more expensive than the same weight of felt from Tamko, the asphalt saturated felt is made from highly flexible organic fibers that make it much easier to install, but very strong at the same time.  

By virtue of its design, this shed roof felt is more resistant to tearing during installation or in moderate winds. It comes in rolls that are 36 inches wide by 12 feet long. Once again this felt is intended to be used as an underlayment rather than as the final covering for your shed roof.

Pros

Cons

Strong organic mat construction

Relatively expensive for 15 lb. felt

Rip resistant

Must have a layer of shingles for maximum protection

336 x 144-inch rolls

Has no mineral coating for protection from the weather

American Saturated Felt Mineral Surface Roofing Felt

All the Way at the Other End of the Spectrum

If 15 lb. shed roof felt is at the bottom end of the scale when it comes to roofing felt, then 90 lb. felt is surely at the top. This particular felt from American Saturated is made from asphalt impregnated organic materials.

What makes the difference is that this felt is mineral coated, making it a good choice for anyone who is looking for a felt that can be used as a final roofing rather than one that should be used solely as an underlayment. Rolls measure 36 by 144 inches.

Pros

Cons

90 lb. weight is much better for overall protection

90 lb. weight can be challenging to work with

Mineral coating is ideal for maximum weatherproofing

Rolls weigh 72 pounds making them very heavy to move around

36 x 144 rolls provide plenty of coverage

Rolls are somewhat expensive as is shipping

BlueHawk Sand Finish Roof Felt 5m

Sand finish for Added Traction and Protection

This felt from BlueHawk is designed specifically for use on shed roofs and comes in rolls that are 5 meters long and 1 meter wide. It is manufactured in the U.K. to withstand typical British weather, making it ideal for use in rainy areas of the U.S.  

The felt itself uses an organic recycled rag fiber with an oxidized bitumen coating that is infused with sand. This felt is a 15 lb. (7 kg.) thickness which is easy to handle and install.

Pros

Cons

Sand finish for better weather resistance

15 lb. weight not ideal for high winds

15 lb. weight is easy to handle

Higher initial cost per roll

Low shipping costs

Designed to be an outer layer or underlayment

How Do You Attach the Shed Roof Felt to Your Shed?

Attaching the shed roof felt to your shed is relatively easy and the average shed roof can be covered in a couple of hours or so with the most basic of hand tools and a little patience.

Tools and Materials Needed

Like every other aspect of building your shed, there are a number of materials and tools needed to install shed roof felt.  So here is a good basic list of the tools and materials you are going to need:

  • Roofing felt
  • Roofing nails short and long
  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Box knife with hook blade (you can use a straight blade, but a hooked blade is easier to work with)
  • Straight edge (a 36-inch long steel ruler or level works best)

There really isn’t that much to installing felt roofing, but the job still takes a certain amount of skill and dedication to the job at hand.

One note on the hook style blade. A hook blade will not cut into the surface you have the felt laid out on for cutting, whereas a straight blade will. Most expert roofers also say that using a hook blade makes cutting roofing felt much easier.

Step by Step Shed Roof Felt Installation

Here is a basic step by step covering how to install your shed roof felt and achieve the best results along with a video that you can see here covering installing your shed roof felt.

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  1. Measure the length and width of your roof and calculate the total area. (the average roll covers 432 square feet. Hint: area of a rectangle is length x width.
  2. Clean the wood surface of the roof, removing any debris, nails that are sticking out, or anything else that will damage the new felt.
  3. Be sure the entire surface is dry, you should never apply new felt on a wet wood surface as this can cause the wood to warp, crack, or rot.
  4. If your shed roof has any damaged or rotted wood, now is the time to replace it.
  5. Cut lengths of shed roof felt to match the long side of the roof, be sure to add 2 to 3 inches to the length at each end. This extra length will be folded over and nailed to the battens so that any water will drip off the edge without getting the wood wet.
  6. Tack one end of the felt in place so that it remains in place as you roll it out.
  7. Roll the full length out and pull it tight without ripping it while at the same time making sure it is perfectly flat.
  8. Nail the felt using roofing nails. You should use short nails that are not going to puncture the wood for the surface and longer nails for the drip edge to help hold it more firmly in place. You should place nails at 2-inch intervals on the surface and 3-inch intervals on the drip edges.
  9. Pull the edges over tight and nail in place, fold the corners to help maintain the watertight seal.
  10. Whether you are installing just a crown piece or need to add extra runs of felt, you should use a quality cement between the layers to add a better seal.
  11. You may want to cover the nail heads with mastic or roofing tar for a better seal.
  12. Stand back and enjoy your new roof.

Related Products

If your shed roof is already covered with roofing felt that is not quite ready for replacement, but showing signs of leakage, you may be able to make it last a little longer with a special type of paint such as this one:

Gardner-Gibson 6025-9-34 3.6QT NF Roof Coating

Highly Durable Roof and Foundation Coating

This is a non-fibered refined asphalt base coating that is perfect for adding a protective coating for many types of roofing felt. It can also be used to seal metal roofs and wood surfaces. By using this paint, you can add months or even years to the life of your shed roof felt.

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Pros

Cons

Saves you from replacing your shed roof felt

Messy to work with

Very inexpensive

Long dry time

Can be used on multiple surfaces

Only comes in black

If you would like more information on the various different types of shed roof materials, take a look here where we have already done most of the research for you.

Topping It All Off

I hope you have enjoyed reading the information we have assembled for you here on shed roof felt. Finding the right felt might seem like a major challenge, but the information here would have made my first attempt at replacing my shed roof much simpler, so I hope it does for you.

Be sure to watch the video as it contains lots of very helpful tips.

If you liked what I have put together for you here, please let me know.

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How To Build a Shed Roof

Everything You Need to Know to Put a Strong and Durable Top on Your Shed

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There are many questions when it comes to putting up a roof, below are the answers 

BUILDING A SHED roof is not as complicated as you might think.

The simple reality is that if you have reached the point in building your shed when it is time to build the roof, you have probably already mastered most if not all the skills you need to frame in and complete your shed roof.

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OK, so maybe this seems rather easy for me to say, but what about calculating pitch, how do you build the trusses, and what style of roof is likely to work the best for your shed?

So Many Questions…

The biggest part of building a shed roof is making sure you have all the many questions running through your mind answered before you get started. For example:

  • What is a stick frame roof?
  • What is a truss roof?
  • Gable, gambrel, salt box, skillion, which of these styles is likely to be your best choice?
  • What materials should you use?
  • Do you need permits?

Roof Designs and Ideas

This is Your Best Starting Point

Until you know what you want your finished shed and roof to look like, it is going to be very hard to understand the style of roof and how much work it will take to build it.

To give you a better idea of the different shed roof styles from around the country and around the world, take a look. You can also see a list of shed roof ideas here where I have put together a wide range of images depicting everything from grass and palm tree branch roofs to sheet metal and shingle roofs.

These images cover gable styles, gambrel, salt box, flat, skillion, round, square, rectangular, and just about every style of shed roof you can imagine.

There are several important things you need to keep in mind while choosing the design or style of your roof is that it must meet several needs such as snow load, ability to shed water, aesthetics, and of course any regulations your local authority may have in place.

The roof you choose to put on top of your shed is more than just capping off the finished product, it is perhaps one of its most important features. Each of the different styles has a lot to offer, take your time and choose the best one to fit your needs.

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Shed Roof Materials

What is Your Shed Roof Really Made Of?

After you make your decision regarding what type of shed roof would look best on top of your shed and get the job done right, it is time to start thinking about the materials you will need to get the job done. 

Bear in mind that any materials you choose need to be able to withstand any extremes in weather your area experiences. This includes extreme heat in the summer or cold in the winter, heavy snow loads, excessive amounts of rain, large amounts of ice, and or high winds.

Another important issue to keep in mind as you search for the right shed roof materials is that you, your family, your friends, and most importantly of all, your neighbors are going to have to look at your final choice for a very long time.

There are several materials to choose from, including wood and metal framing, asphalt shingles, tar/felt paper, sheet metal, terracotta tiles, and several others. Each of these different materials has its own advantages and disadvantages.

You can see my in depth comparison on shed roof materials here. I've also gone into more information on shed roof felt, because it is the most popular choice here

Here again, your local codes may have something to say in your final choice, so be sure to check them out before spending any money.

Shed Roof Pitch

You Can't Afford to Strike Out Here

Okay, so all puns aside, the pitch or angle of your shed roof has a very important role to play in how successful your entire garden shed is going to be.

Depending on where you live, it is quite possible that a flat roof on your shed will be quite capable of getting the job done. But the reality is that in most parts of the country, your roof will need at least a decent pitch if it is going to score a home run.

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Shed roof pitch is simply the amount of rise in the roof divided by the distance traveled. In simple terms, if your roof goes up 4 inches for every 12 inches of distance from the edge traveled, the shed roof pitch is described as 4:12.

  • Points to consider when deciding the pitch of your shed roof include:
  • How much rain/snow/ice your area gets in an average to above average year
  • How high the winds are likely to get in your area
  • Your personal tastes
  • Any local regulations or building codes, click here to be taken to your local building codes

You can use an online snow load calculator like this one to determine the snow load expectations in your region. When it comes to snow and ice, you should be aware that snow can weigh in at anywhere from 3 pounds per square inch (psi) to 21 psi.

Ice is even worse ranging from 5 psi all the way up to 27 psi, you are going to need a very strong roof to hold this kind of weight and one with a steep pitch to help both snow and ice to slide off rather than gather in place.

If you want to know more about the pitch of shed roofs then here is my detailed guide

Shed Roof Framing

I've Been Framed or at Least Your Shed Roof has…

If you are going to build any type of pitched roof for your shed, it will have a network or wooden or metal frames that must be able to support the weight of the structure itself and the covering you choose.

In essence, there are two basic styles of wooden roof frames in use today. These are the trussed roof and the cut roof. You will find that both styles of roof frame can be used to support the weight of the most commonly used roof coverings such as sheet metal and asphalt shingles.

You can see more detail about framing a shed roof yourself here

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Image courtesy of DIY Network of a typical truss or "A" frame style roof

The Trussed Frame

Most of us call this type of frame an “A” frame because of its shape. In many cases, these trusses or frames are built off-site in a factory or by a company that specializes in them.

The combination of rafters, jacks, and joists creates an extremely strong structure. This type of frame makes use of thinner boards while providing excellent strength, thereby reducing cost and environmental damage as they require less total wood to complete.

Pre-made roofing trusses come in an almost endless selection of sizes and shapes to suit virtually any type of roof. You can even order trusses that have been designed to create a large open space in the roof that can be used for storage or to create a room if your shed is large enough.

The Cut Roof Style Frame

This type of roof is made using rafters and other pieces that are cut on site by the carpenter who is building the roof.

These types of roof are typically used today to cover larger spans by using interior load bearing walls. But at the same time, if you have the appropriate skills, there is no reason why you couldn't technically build your own trusses from scratch or any other type of roof support.

Other Roof Truss Styles

The reality is that trusses are not one particular style or shape, they are built based on the needs of the particular structure being constructed. Here are some of the more common types of roof truss used in construction today:

  • Triple Howe: Used for exceptionally wide spans ranging from 54 to 80 feet
  • Room-in-Attic: Add living space to the attic in your shed
  • Scissor: Used in homes and other buildings to create a vaulted ceiling
  • Clerestory: Used in buildings with high walls that feature a row of narrow windows along the top

Shed Roof Construction

Getting the job done  

Now that you have a basic idea of what type of roof you want for your shed, what materials you will need, and what pitch is likely to be best, it is time to start thinking about the actual shed roof construction process.

If you have never built any type of roof, you should start out by taking the time to watch a few roof construction videos such as these: Shed Roof Framing

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and

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Here is one that covers building two different types of shed roof:

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No matter whether you choose to buy your trusses pre-made or build your entire roof on-site, be sure you take the time to study the various construction techniques such as those in the videos along with the information provided here codes to be sure the roof you are building meets these codes and standards.

One thing you can count on is the fact that if your roof does not meet local building codes, you will be tearing it down and starting all over.

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Roof Cladding

Keeping Mother Nature at Bay

The best way to describe roof cladding is to say that it is the outer waterproof layer of your shed roof. It is a protective layer intended to keep moisture from reaching the wooden structural components of your roof.

The best materials for use as roof cladding are those that are affordable, fireproof, weatherproof, low maintenance, able to insulate against changes in temperature and noise levels, and yet at the same time able to remain aesthetically pleasing to everyone, including that pain in the neck neighbor.

  • Your location: The climate in your location plays a major role in your choice of materials.
  • Weight: Different types of cladding weigh more or less
  • Style: The style of your shed will also play a role in what type of cladding you choose.
  • Color: You may choose to go with one cladding over another based on the colors available.
  • Maintenance: Here again some choices of cladding require more maintenance than others.

The cladding is typically the last layer to be installed on the roof of your shed. It is installed over the waterproof membrane or final layer of shed roofing felt.

Here is a more detailed guide into the most popular shed roofing materials

Repairs and Maintenance

Installing a new shed roof is only the beginning of your shed ownership journey. No matter what type of roof you choose to install on your shed, at some point in time, it is going to require some form of repair or maintenance.

However, just because the wind blew a shingle or two off or your metal roof ended up with a hole in it, all is not lost.

In most cases, you can handle your own roof repairs and maintenance whether you built the roof or bought your shed ready to go. One of the most important things you can do to maximize the lifespan of your shed roof is to keep it clean (sweep or hose debris off and keep people off it).

The next step in caring for your roof is to repair any damage as soon as you notice it or you could easily find yourself being left with no choice but to tear the roof apart and rebuilding it from scratch.

Here is a quick roof maintenance video courtesy of Central Insurance for you to watch:

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Topping It All Off

So, if you are like me, you probably started reading this feeling a little intimidated by the idea of building a shed roof.

Despite the fact building a roof can be a little complicated, if you take your time and read through the information above, review the videos and the rest of the information by following the links, you should be well on your way to putting the perfect lid on your new garden shed.

I truly hope the information above helps you build and install the roof on your shed relatively worry free. I have enjoyed putting it all together for you.

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18 Websites with Spectacular Weathervanes for Sheds

Weathervanes for sheds

Below are the best weathervanes for sheds and homes available on the internet

YOUR GARDEN SHED AND HOW YOU CHOOSE TO DECORATE IT can say a lot about you from your tastes to what your favorite hobbies happen to be.

No matter what style of shed you buy or build, you want finishing touches like a weathervane that draw attention to all of your hard work.

If you are like most people who have built their own shed, you probably take a lot of pride in your work and workmanship. What better way to cap off all that hard work than to add a custom weathervane to the top of the roof ridge or cupola?

Here are 18 of the best places in the country that offer over 1000 custom weathervanes for you to consider.

Trendir Copper Weathervanes

Unique Weathervanes from Around the Country

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Trendir offers a wide range of custom made copper weathervanes from Outdoor FurniturePlus.

Copper weathervanes are easy to care for and will last virtually forever.

Trendir, via Outdoor Furniture Plus, offers a huge selection of weathervanes ranging from$50 and up making them a bit on the expensive side.

Trendir is not a vendor, however, the site will direct you to their handpicked vendors. Visit Trendir.com here

West Coast Weathervanes

Every Imaginable Weathervane Under the Sun

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West Coast has just about any kind of weathervane you can imagine.

Their offerings cover animals, sports, hobbies, transportation, special occasions, the natural world and more…

They have a seemingly endless list of weathervanes to choose from.

You choose between small, medium, and large versions of each weathervane.

The only real drawback is the cost as these weathervanes tend to cost in the thousands of dollars. Visit westcoastweathervanes.com here

Greens Weathervanes

Greens Turns Fine Art into Amazing Weathervanes (UK)

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Greens champions the 2,000 plus years of weathervanes by creating fine art in copper to puton your shed.

All weathervanes are hand-made by true artisans.

Weathervanes are offered in copper, brass, bronze covered with 231/2K gold.

Incredible range of designs ranging from the Victorian era to the Alice in Wonderland. You can commission your own designs. Just a note, they can be very expensive running with prices in the thousands of dollars.

There is typically a waiting list for their weathervanes. Pepared to wait, check them out here

Cottage Surroundings Weathervanes

Small Selection - Big Prices

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​Cottage Surroundings offers a number of rustic products to decorate the inside and outsideof your home.

They are not focused solely on weathervanes. They do, however, offer four delightful designs to choose from, Loon, Moose, Fisherman,and Bear.

Prices are all under $500, which is quite reasonable for top quality copper weathervanes. The copper weathervanes are mounted on steel rods, which could cause corrosion issues.

Great site if you are looking to decorate your home with a rustic look. Want more? check here

Wayfair Weathervane

More than a Weathervane Site

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​Wayfair is a lot like Amazon in that this site sells a very diverse range of products. They offer a diverse range of weathervanes from many manufacturers around the globe.

Wayfair offers a full range of prices starting at under $100. You get free shipping on most orders.

You can order cupolas complete with weathervanes and have them delivered to your home. Wayfair is noted as having slow shipping problems but has excellent customer service. Go there here

Weather Factory Weathervanes

Custom In-House Weathervane Designs from Maine

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Most of their weathervanes are not only designed in-house but are also crafted right on site.

All weathervanes are made from copper for a long life. Copper weathers beautifully acquiring a beautiful green patina.

Cast aluminum weathervanes for added durability. Huge selection of styles including transportation, animals, arrows, and commercial.

Prices here are very reasonable averaging under $500. Want more info, go here

Weathervanes Sculpture

Amazing Hand-Sculpted Weathervanes Since 1989

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Edwin B. Waskiewicz has been handcrafting his weathervanes for over 25 years. All weathervanes are hand-hammered from copper or brass. Each one is crafted with a meticulous eye for detail.

Each is unique. If you can imagine your design, Edwin can make it for you.

Very, very expensive, his weathervanes run from $500 to over $10,000, they are not for the faint of heart or wallet. Still interested, go here

Jankowski Weathervanes & Garden Art

Custom Made to Order Weathervane Art

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Each weathervane is handmade to your order. Weathervanes are made of copper or brass.

They are mounted on a stainless steel post for minimum corrosion. Turn your hobby, lifestyle, dreams into a weathervane.

Turn your hobby, lifestyle, dreams into a weathervane.

The biggest problem is that because each piece is custom made, you can't get an idea of pricing on the website, not a very good way to sell weathervanes in our opinion. But if you want more, it's here

​Paul Margetts Weathervanes

Amazing Hand Crafted Wind Sculptures from the U.K.

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Offers a wide range of traditional style weathervanes as well as fun and whimsical designs. Paul Margetts designs his weathervanes from your description.

You can adjust the size of your weathervane to fit your shed or building. Come with custom mounting brackets to suit your needs. Made from galvanized steel rather than copper or brass, which may corrode faster.

U.K. pricing is average starting at ₤290 which can make them quite expensive if ordering for U.S.delivery. Shipping from U.K. might be slower than expected. Want more? Go here.

Amazon - Weathervanes

If You Can't Find One Here You Haven't Looked Hard Enough

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Amazon is the world's largest online merchandise retailer and that also extends to weathervanes.

Weathervane selection is huge. Prices on most weathervanes are very reasonable. No custom orders, you have to choose from their catalog.

Weathervanes come from all over the world. Amazon does offer a money back guarantee and many items are listed as Amazon Prime for free shipping. See more here

Backyard and Beyond Weathervanes

Amazing Craftsmanship, Fantastic Selection

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This site offers exceptionally high-quality weathervanes and finials for the top of your cupola or shed. Offers weathervanes in three sizes, Estate (large), Standard (fit most sheds and cupolas), Garden(small).

Most weathervanes are made from copper for long life and beauty. They have a wide range of designs including animals, marine life, hobbies, lifestyles, and traditional.

All weathervanes come with a mounting rod, spacer balls, and directional set. You do have to contact the company for a price quote since they don't show prices on their website. Want more info, go here

The Original Weathervane Cupola Shoppe

Fine Selection of Copper, Aluminum, and Steel Weathervanes

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All weathervanes are crafted in the U.S. by a company who has been in business since 1985. Amazing selection ranging from military to sports and from animals to traditional weathervanes.

Great range of prices starting at under $258 and going up to $1,240. You can order a custom made weathervane direct from the site starting with a price quote.

It only takes a few days to a few weeks for them to complete your custom order. Shipping does cost, but you can choose either UPS ground or expedited service. More info here

AA Statuary & Weathervane Co.

Affordable Selection Including Many Popular Themes

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Very affordable pricing starting at $89.95. They carry aluminum, brass, and copper weathervanes.

Many weathervanes are offered painted for better visibility or in multiple metals for added aesthetics.They also offer weathervane repair services, simply fill out the online form for a price quote.

They offer a ten-day full refund guarantee on weathervanes. There is, however, a 15% fee for shipping and handling charges. Want more info, go here

Etsy - Weathervanes

More bespoke options - Can be hit and miss

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A great place to buy one off and custom made weathervanes. Many products sold here are made by local craftsmen seeking a market for their wares.

If you see one you like, you should grab it while you can. There is no guarantee the same weathervane will still be listed if you wait and come back.

Pricing varies based on the individual seller. Etsy is the middleman in the sale, not the retailer. See more here

Good Directions Weathervanes

Designed and Crafted by American Craftsmen

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They offer three different sizes of weathervane, Garden (small), Standard, and Estate (large). Most of their weathervanes are made from durable, beautiful copper. Prices vary greatly based on size and style, making it easy to find a weathervane in your budget.

They use their own patented Single Point Contact™ mounting system that lets the weathervane spin freely. 

You will need to buy the mount separately based on where you are planning to locate your weathervane. See more here

Weathervanes of Maine

Real unique pieces, great selection

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Huge selection of truly unique weathervanes to choose from. Weathervanes are offered in copper and steel.

The site offers information on how to size a weathervane. They also offer hand hammered copper weather vanes. They can also custom craft a weathervane for you based on your design.

Prices are very reasonable starting at under $200.00 for copper weathervanes. Larger weathervanes are shipped via motor carrier, which makes for a longer delivery time.

You can pay more for expedited shipping on most weathervanes. See more here

Ebay - Weathervanes

Good Range to Choose from Can Find Some One Offs Here

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You can find virtually any type of weathervane here. Not only can you buy new weathervanes, but there are plenty of used ones as well.

A great place to search for vintage or antique weathervanes. You do have to be careful when buying from private sellers.

EBay does, however, guarantee your sale and will offers buyer protection to reduce the risk of getting ripped off. Prices vary from one seller to another and whether you are buying new, used or antique. See more here

Home Depot Weathervanes

Great Place to Find Budget-Friendly Weathervanes

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No weathervanes over $100 at Americans favorite discount hardware warehouse superstore. Sell a number of well-known brands.

You can pick up many of the available models in the store. They also offer free ship to store and ship to home shipping services. They also offer free ship to store and ship to home shipping services.

Quality may not be the best, but for the price you can't beat the offerings. They also offer a selection of weathervane mounts that can be used with your choice of weathervanes. See them here

In Summary...

Finding just the right weathervane for your garden shed or home can be challenging. There are literally thousands of them available from dozens of suppliers.

The hardest part for most people is deciding what they want their weathervane to look like. We hope you have enjoyed reading all about the weathervanes available from these top suppliers.

If you know of any other good ones, please contact us via our contact page.

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The 3 Most Popular Shed Skylight Options – Reviewed

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​This guy wen't a little overboard with the skylights. You won't need this many

NOTHING IS WORSE THAN trying to work in a damp, dark shed. If this is what you are dealing with, it's no wonder you never spend any time working in your shed.

Most sheds are lucky to have a door and maybe a single window. When this is all you have to deal with, your shed spends most of its time in the dark.

One easy way to remedy this problem, create more light, better airflow, and keep the temperature more stable in your shed, is to install one (or more) skylights. This simple addition can be relatively inexpensive, easy to install and help you reap 5 big benefits in your shed

The 5 Things A Skylight WILL Do For You 

There are so many reasons to add a skylight or two to your shed, it can be hard to know where to start. So let's start with the basics and move on from there.

Light

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Obviously installing one or more skylights in your shed is going to let in more light than a solid roof. This extra light will make it much easier to see what you are doing, without the need to turn on the lights.

More importantly, natural light is far better than electric light for a range of projects from painting to growing plants. Nothing beats natural light, especially for anyone who is an artist.

Electricity

Now that you have more than your fair share of natural light, go ahead and turn off the overhead lights and leave them off until you absolutely no choice but to turn them on. Installing one or more skylights in your shed can significantly reduce your annual electricity bill.

Added Heat

While most of us know skylights let in plenty of light from the sun, how many of you know they also help to keep your shed warmer during the colder months. Even during the winter, the sun's rays contain a certain amount of heat.

The skylights will let this heat in, along with the added light, helping to further reduce your energy bill and keeping your shed a little warmer all winter long.

Reduce Mold/Mildew

If your shed has been left in the dark for a long time, chances are good it has a buildup of mold and mildew. This is often caused by a lack of airflow just as much as it is a lack of natural light. By opening the skylight and letting fresh air and light in, you can eliminate this problem once and for all.

Remove Stale Air

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Stale air may not be something you have given much thought to.

Your shed can be full of fumes from your last project or worse yet full of mold and mildew spores that are definitely bad for your health. Adding one or two skylights can help to quickly dissipate stale air, leaving behind a much fresher smelling environment to work in.

As you can see, there are many reasons why installing one or more skylights in your shed, barn, or garage can make it a far friendlier place to hang out and get things done, all year long.

The 3 Main Skylight Options

While there are a number of different styles of skylight such as dome, flat, tinted, glass, Perspex, and more, there are only three main types of skylight, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages. These are fixed, ventilating, and tubular. Let's take a closer look at each of these and what they have to offer.

Fixed Skylights

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In essence, fixed skylights are those that are not designed to be opened. They are installed in your shed's roof as a way to let in more light. They can be made of glass or Perspex and come in clear or with variable levels of tint to restrict just how much light comes in.

Fixed skylights are among the most popular for use in houses as most people don't need the extra ventilation offered by skylights that can be opened in their homes. These are typically the least expensive types of skylights.

In most cases installation of this type of skylight requires little more than cutting the appropriate size hole in your roof and then following the instructions that came with the skylight you have chosen. While some brands require the construction of a frame, others come complete and ready to mount directly to the roof.

This video shows you how to prepare your roof and then how to install your skylight. Be sure to use the appropriate safety gear at all times when using power tools. Follow all instructions included with the skylight to ensure your installation is completed properly and that your skylight will not leak.

Installation video courtesy YouTube via Great Canadian Roofing & Siding

Ventilating Skylights

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Obviously, these are skylights that can be opened to let damp air out and to let in the fresh air your shed needs to stay cool and dry all summer long.

You can also open them on those sunny winter days to bring in a little welcome heat. They come in both manual and automatic versions.

Powered skylights can be operated in several ways:

  • A wall mounted switch
  • A remote control unit
  • A timer set to open and close them at set times of the day
  • A thermostat set to ventilate your shed when the temperature reaches a preset point

Tubular Skylights

The tubular skylight is the latest design on the market and typically consists of a smaller circular skylight that is mounted on the exterior of the roof.

Attached to this is a tube that runs from the roof down through the attic or crawlspace and then through the ceiling.

You can, of course, use this type of skylight, even if your shed does not have a ceiling, to provide localized natural lighting such as you might want in an area where you have plants growing or where you plan to work.

This type of skylight is popular among artist for use over their work table or easel as it can provide a significant amount of natural lighting.

The light comes in via the skylight and is directed through a tube that is typically 10 to 14 inches in diameter to the room below. This particular design provides a concentrated "beam" of light that is focused on a particular area rather than being spread out over the entire room.

Because tubular skylights provide directed lighting, you may not find them a good fit for use in your shed.

Follow along as these professionals show you how to install a tubular skylight on your roof.

Installation video courtesy YouTube via Brennan Morrow.

Materials Used for Skylights

There are a number of different materials used to create skylights, each offers a varying level of performance, cost, energy efficiency, and light transmission.

Among the many things to consider when choosing the best material for your skylight are the need for visibility (will you be able to see through your skylight clearly) and the amount of light transmission needed for your particular application.

The most common materials used are glass, acrylic plastic, polycarbonate, copolyester plastic, and fiberglass.

Glass

Glass is the original material used to construct skylights and has a lot to offer.

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  • Durability

  • Long life

  • Scratch resistant

  • Can be coated with a range of light diffusing materials to vary the type and amount of light allowed through

  • Multiple layers of glass with a barrier in between can be very energy efficient

  • Heavy
  • Hard to form into different shapes
  • Single layers, not energy efficient
  • Can be expensive

Plexiglass (Acrylic Plastic)

First developed in 1929, acrylic plastic is one of the most common materials used in today's skylights.

(Plexiglass is a common brand name for acrylic. So for this purpose we have classified them the same)

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PROS

CONS

  • Lightweight

  • Easy to mold into shape

  • Easy to cut

  • High impact performance

  • Available in transparent or translucent versions

  • Can crack after extended exposure to UV light
  • May scratch easily

Polycarbonate

First produced in 1953, this "space age" materials was first used in the military for a variety of purposes. It typically comes in corrugated sheets which makes it good for doing large areas

PROS

CONS

  • Lightweight

  • High impact performance

  • Available in transparent or translucent versions

  • Harder to form
  • Harder to cut
  • Uses more energy to form

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is hard to find as a material used for skylights and isn't commonly used. It generally is translucent and a very strong option for use in skylights

PROS

CONS

  • Lightweight

  • Easy to cut

  • High impact performance

  • Offers excellent light diffusion

  • Can crack after extended exposure to UV radiation

  • Not easily formed

  • Translucent only (not clear)

Final Thoughts

In the end, you need to carefully consider what you use your shed, barn, or garage for and how much light or ventilation it requires. Each of the different types of skylight has a lot to offer. Another important aspect you need to take into consideration is your local climate.

If you live in a hot humid region, you will most likely be better off with skylights that can be opened to provide your shed with adequate ventilation.

When you get right down to it, only you can make the right choice, but bear in mind that cost should be one of the last things factored into your decision. Your best bet is to read a number of reviews and see how the different types of skylights worked for others, this can help you make the right choice.

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