Do Sheds Need Venting or Ventilation?

Ventilation is important for any enclosed space, especially if you’ll be spending extended periods of time inside it. Sheds are no different. They should be adequately ventilated to ensure the health and comfort of any people or animals that enter them. In this article we will cover the basics of shed ventilation and tips to help you get yours right.

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The importance of ventilation

Ventilation is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, it helps prevent the build up of stale, moist air which can lead to moisture and mould problems. Not only is this unhealthy to inhale, it could damage materials in the shed structure. If you store chemicals in your shed such as paint or gasoline, fumes can build up to dangerous levels without adequate ventilation.

Another reason why ventilation is important in sheds is that it helps get rid of excess heat during summer. Sheds in Perth or other warm places are subject to intense sun and the roof of a shed will tend to absorb a lot of that heat. This can make temperatures inside the shed uncomfortably hot and may even cause damage to some materials in the shed. Ventilation provides an escape route for hot air, helping keep temperatures down.

What shed ventilation options are there?

There are a number of ways to ventilate a shed and each can be classified as either passive or active ventilation. Passive ventilation refers to methods that occur naturally as hot air rises, or as wind blows. Active ventilation methods usually require a fan to blow air out of the shed.

The simplest way to ventilate a shed is to have adequate entry ways and windows that can be easily left open to allow fresh air to circulate. However, this is not always possible, especially during winter when temperatures are colder and rain occurs more often. More sophisticated forms to ventilation include:

  1. Vents – From simple wall vents to more complex ridge and gable vents, vents work passively to circulate air inside a shed.
  2. Turbines or Whirlybirds – Turbines are usually installed on the roof of a shed and work actively to replace stale or toxic air with fresh air.
  3. Fans – Fans come in a wide variety of types and sizes and should be chosen according to the size and requirements of your specific shed.

Am I required to ventilate my shed?

Adequate ventilation is really important for all types of residential and commercial sheds. Not only will it help preserve the life of your shed, it is crucial for the health and safety of any people or animals that may spend prolonged time inside of it, particularly if you are storing hazardous chemicals or products.

However, currently there are no regulations for shed ventilation required by law, but many shed owners prefer to have ventilated sheds for safety & shed longevity.

For more information about how to effectively ventilate your shed, our team at Spinifex Sheds would be happy to assist. We have extensive experience with ventilation for all types of sheds in Perth and surrounding areas. We can help ensure you meet all building codes and council regulations, while maximising your comfort and safety so you can get the most out of your shed. Speak with one of our friendly staff today.