In many parts of the U.S., a shed can get unbearably hot in the summer unless you take steps to ventilate it and prevent the sun's radiant energy from penetrating. Too much heat in a shed is a bad thing, as it can damage liquids like paint or chemicals, sensitive equipment and items affected by humidity.
“We recommend several LP® Outdoor Building Solutions® products that can help to keep sheds cooler in the summer,” says Lenny Stahl, general manager of Dakota Storage Buildings in Milbank, South Dakota. “Both LP ProStruct® roof sheathing and walls made with LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding feature SilverTech®, a finish-grade radiant barrier that reduces the amount of radiant energy that enters the shed.”
Radiant barriers reflect radiant heat rather than absorbing it, which helps keep internal temperatures down. These product videos will help you learn more about how radiant barriers are made and how they work.
Stahl adds that it's important to properly ventilate the shed with doors, windows and venting options to keep fresh air moving in and allow harmful things like gasoline fumes to escape. "We recommend either gable vents or ridge vents for ventilation," he says.
First-time shed buyers are often surprised by the breadth of choices in shed windows and doors. Some of these can be just as stylish as those found on a home.
Here are some other tips for keeping sheds cooler and more comfortable in the summer:
If you spend a lot of summer time working in the shed or store heat-sensitive items in it, these tips will make it a cooler spot.
The popular Lifetime Channel remodeling show Designing Spaces likes to document the home improvement journey to show that it can indeed be a manageable experience. The program recently shared the story of James and Stella, a professional couple in Wilmington, North Carolina, who did a re-siding project that went smoothly from start to finish.Continue Reading
If you own a home in a historic district, you can forget about replacing the existing siding with vinyl. Most historic districts require replacement siding to closely match the original, hence wood (or engineered wood) and brick. Understanding home building regulations based on historic overlays can help eliminate the headache during renovations, so it's important to stay in the know before embarking on the project.
With fall just around the corner, it's time to plan how you will ensure your home's exterior is ready for the cooler temperatures while also keeping up with the latest seasonal trends. Not sure where to start? We break down the top four home exterior tips for fall for a little inspiration.
Ranch-style home designs are known for low and wide single-story profiles, large picture windows, sliding glass doors and attached front garages. These close-to-the-ground homes were first built in the U.S. in the 1920s, but they didn't gain widespread popularity until the post-World War II era into the 1970s. As suburbia spread, the ranch-style house became one of America's favorites. The popularity of ranch-style homes waned in the '80s and '90s, but it's making a comeback as younger homebuyers rediscover the ranch's charm-much like they did with bungalows.