Mold and an insulated shed roof

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Sheds are used for all sorts of things nowadays. Many of these uses would make insulated sheds a necessity. Certain things, like electronics and specialty tools, store better when protected from extreme temperature changes. Some people are converting them into barns and even homes. Yep, some people are turning those cute little garden sheds into micro homes.

I have to tell you right up front, it’s not recommended to turn cheap metal or plastic sheds into insulated sheds. They’re just not designed for it. You should use a sturdy homemade or prefab shed for this type of project.

What to Consider for Insulated Sheds:

1. Your Goals

2. Your Climate Requirements

3. Insulating Walls

4. Insulating the Roof

5. Insulating the Floor

6. Evaluate Doors and Windows

7. Checking Air Tightness

Before you dive into the project, you’ll have to consider the 7 things above to determine what you’ll need, if it’s...

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Imagine it is October in the Northern hemisphere, the evenings are getting cooler and some mornings it is getting a little bit frosty.

What is your first reaction as to the clothes you wear?

Right, it is to put on a jumper or a thicker coat. As the season progresses and the weather gets even colder you also might add a woolly bobble hat and a pair of insulated boots.

Insulating a shed is bit like adding some extra layers of clothing

Not all sheds are suitable to be insulated. If you have a small plastic or metal shed then their initial construction does not really suit the process that I am about to discuss. If you have a shed like this you would be better off changing the shed for a more robust type of shed that can more easily accept the additional insulating materials. But if you have a fairly standard type of timber shed, using a minimum of 3x2 timbers there is a fair amount that you can do to help it retain the heat better in the colder...

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A shed is indispensable outbuilding on a farm and in a garden area. Seasonal storage of tools and materials can be left here for a short-term. Advanced gardeners equip in sheds even a comfortable bathroom and shower stall. In short, with a shed existence, the use of it in any case can be found. The purpose of this construction is strictly utilitarian, so the outward appearance does not need many requirements, the main thing - ease of use and building. So, let’s talk about how to build a slanted shed roof without a lot of effort.

Required tools

This covering type requires a minimum number of construction materials and it is still the simplest method for execution. This design, like other types of coatings, should be made with the use of wood as the basic material. It is taken as a basis for rafters and beams and other necessary elements. The coating material for a slanted shed roof can be varied: slate, metal tiles, shingle, and others.

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Mold growth in the attic is a relatively common occurrence in climates with cool, damp winters, such as the Pacific Northwest.

First, the good news. Mold growth in an attic rarely impacts the indoor air quality.

The bad news… Mold growth in an attic can be a difficult problem to solve. We regularly encounter attics with ventilation far in excess of code, and yet they are covered in mold. And yet other attics we inspect have terrible ventilation and remain completely mold free. Confusing. Let’s examine the factors that cause mold growth to occur in an attic.

Diagnosing attic issues. Is it really mold?

Attic mold growth comes in a wide variety of colors and growth patterns, some of which are often misdiagnosed. Fuzzy / 3 dimensional mold growth is nearly always identified correctly. When the growth pattern is very flat and appears like staining, it can cause confusion.

Low profile mold staining

Uniform black mold growth on attic...

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Chances are the floor in your shed is earth. There is a tremendous amount of moisture which comes out of the ground. Place a vapor barrier down such as heavy plactic or pour a concrete floor and problem will likely evaporate.
The shed has a wooden floor and the whole shed is suspended above the ground, which is earth. This problem only arises in the summer during hot weather, there is no condensation problem in the Winter
Would a dehumidifier solve the problem? There is several litres of water dripping onto the floor on a hot day, but no problems in Winter or on cold wet Summer days
you need to vent your shed on both sides at the top small vent will work.

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By: Lucy Debenham BA (hons) - Updated: 1 Dec 2012|*Discuss

A green roof is a fantastic way to transform a dull, functional space into something that’s living, breathing and aesthetically pleasing. Green roofs have been growing in popularity over the past decade, not least because they expand your gardening space by adding a beneficial and interesting feature to your garden.

Why Build a Green Roof?

A green roof is basically a roof that supports the growth of grass or plants. Green roofs are most commonly planted onto shed roofs, and prove to be beneficial in a number of ways. Firstly, a green roof will provide an extra growing space, which will provide additional colour and texture to your garden, as well as providing an additional space for wildlife. A green roof can help an uninteresting and plain roof area blend into a landscape. Green roofs may also help in a small but significant way to reducing carbon emissions.

A green roof will also provide sound and...

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Many builders add one or more layers of rigid foam insulation to the outside of a house to lower heat losses. Rigid insulation has an R-valueMeasure of resistance to heat flow; the higher the R-value, the lower the heat loss. The inverse of U-factor. of up to 6.5 per inch, but it also can be an effective vapor retarder.

Ed Welch touched off an extended discussion in the Green Building Advisor's Q&A section when he asked whether the foam would trap moisture inside walls, creating mold as well as the potential for structural decay.

His concerns seem well placed. In a cold climate during the heating season, moisture vapor inside a building is driven outward into exterior walls. When it reaches a surface that's below the dew point, the vapor condenses into a liquid. That surface is typically the back side of the exterior sheathingMaterial, usually plywood or oriented strand board (OSB), but sometimes wooden boards, installed on the exterior of wall studs, rafters, or...

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Interpreting the results of mold sampling is no easy task. That’s why many mold inspectors merely hand off some unintelligible lab report and run for it. Why is it that so many people email me through this blog asking for help to interpret mold test results? The reason is a failure on the part of the mold inspector to properly understand what they are doing.

You, dear homeowner, deserve more from a mold inspection.

In the comments section of this blog post, feel free to post your question related to mold testing. However, here are the rules:

1. The more information you provide, the better I can answer your question. Note, all the information you provide will be publicly displayed, along with your name. However, your email address is not publicly displayed.

2. Historically, it takes me three weeks or more to reply to your question. I try to respond as quickly as possible, but please understand I have a full plate at work and three kids at home that keep...

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When it comes to Tiny Houses, they come in all shapes and sizes. Even the definition of a Tiny House isn’t all that definitive. People who live in tiny houses live in areas that are urban to the most remote areas of the earth and everything in between. Diversity of what Tiny is, is in itself, part of what makes it so fascinating to me. As people take these ideals we share in the Tiny House Movement and manifest itself in so many forms, we find creative ways to live in small homes.

This richness of various forms allows us to rethink traditional housing in so many great ways. I have toyed with building a Tiny Home a la Jay Schaffer, which I would venture is one of the most popular approaches today. The other option I have considered is a prefab shed. Today I was able to go see a model that I have been toying with the idea of purchasing and putting in the middle of a plot of land.

There are issues with this approach of course. Like all other Tiny Home making this legal...

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For those new to earthbag building, please read my Step-by-Step Earthbag Building Instructable . Also, my new Earthbag Building Guide and Earthbag Building DVD are now available.

Energy performance on most buildings can be improved with insulation, including those made of earth such as adobe and earthbag structures. Although most earthen structures are located in hot, dry climates, there is increasing demand for low-cost, eco-friendly earth building techniques in cold climates. This article explores four innovative methods for insulating earthbag buildings, which extends their building range to cold regions.

Most earthbag buildings use polypropylene grain bags or mesh bags filled with soil. Bags or tubes can be used. We demonstrate bags, because they’re often available recycled for very low cost. The bags or tubes are filled in level courses and then tamped solid. There are typically two strands of barbed wire between courses to bond the bags to each other and...

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