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Shed-Roof Question

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I'm building a shed this summer at my hunting cabin, 8' wide by 10' long.

I only have limited time to build it and I would like it to go up as quickly as possible. Should I put a flat (slanted) roof on it, so the high side is on the front where the door will be located or is it much extra work to put a peaked roof on it? (Sorry if I have those roof terms wrong.)

If I go with a flat roof with metal roofing, what pitch is necessary to get the snow to slide off?

Steve

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all sheds are NOT created equal. How tall is it going to be? If it is just going to be a storage type then I'd go with a lean-to roof (slanted)with a corrigated steel roof on 24 inch on center secured with rubber washered self tapping screws (barn screws). I'd think a foot drop from high to low points would be plenty for run-off. I'd go with 2 foot overhangs all the way around it.

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I wouldn't worry about snow load on an 8' span but I'd say you want minimum of 8/12 pitch if you want snow to slide. To achieve that your shed roof will be out of proportion and so will a gable roof.

A shed(lean-to)roof will be the easiest for you.

3/12 pitch is pretty standard, that'll mean on an 8' wide shed, one wall will be 2' higher. That'll be the wall with the door. Figure the height so that 8' plywood covers the top plate and sill plate.

Rafters will be 2x6 with 2 birds mouths to set on the top plate.

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I'd think he could go with either the bird mouths or with joist hangers. But, with the joist hangers is no worry about the voids between the top plate and the rafter height above the top plate and no need for soffits or facia.

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