# What size rafters do I need for a shed?

## What size rafters do I need for a shed?

For most sheds less than 20 feet wide with a 3/12 gable roof, 2×6 at 16-inch centers works, and that’s with a 40-pound live load. If your rafter length is less than 5-feet, use a 2×4 at 16-inch centers. The 4’x8′ lean-to example could use 2×4 rafters at 16” centers since they are less than 5-feet long.

### How much plywood do I need for a 8×8 shed?

How to Build a 8×8 Shed Roof

1. F – 10 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 66″ long, 5 pieces – 96″ long, 5 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 7″x10 1/2″ long RAFTERS.
2. G – 4 pieces of 2×4 lumber – 66″ long, 14 pieces – 4″ long 2xOVERHANG.
3. H – 4 pieces of 3/4″ plywood – 48″x64″ long, 4 pieces – 7 1/2″x64″ long ROOF.

Can I use 2×4 for shed roof?

You can use either 2×6 or 2×4 rafters for roofs with a 3/12 pitch or greater, but it depends on the overall size of your shed. For roofs that won’t experience heavy snow loads, a gable roof can span up to 22′ with 2×4 rafters.

What is the best roof pitch for a shed?

I always recommend at least a minimum pitch of 1 in 40. This translates into a fall of just under 2.5″ on an 8 foot roof.

## Is an 8×8 shed big enough?

Categorized as a small shed, an 8’x8′ storage shed is a size that will fit smaller yards, or if you have a larger property, you can place an 8×8 shed almost anywhere in your yard. However, if you only need to store yard equipment and a push mower, or a couple bikes this can be a good size.

### How many 2×4 do I need for a 12×12 room?

A 12-foot-by-12-foot room requires 28. Buy a few in addition in case you discover flaws in one of the lengths of lumber. The ceiling and floor joists should be 12-foot-long 2-foot by 4-foot lengths. Twenty will do the job.

Can a 2×6 span 12 feet?

The maximum distance a 2×6 can span, according to the 2018 IRC, for a floor joist, is 12′-6”, ceiling joist 20′-8”, rafter 18′-0”, deck board 24”, deck joist 9′-11”, deck beam 8′-3”, and 6′-1” as for header. Always check the codes for determining factors or consult a Structural Engineer.

How do you build a roof rafter for a shed?

The first step in building the roof rafters is to cut one rafter board to length with the ends angled properly and then to mark and cut the birds mouth and seat on the rafter. The ridge end of the rafter, and often the eve end, will need to be cut to the angle of the roof slope.

## Which is better 2×4 or 2×6 rafters for shed roof?

If you have a simple gable shed roof, then using 2×4 rafters makes more sense unless you have a very large shed. If you have a single sloped shed roof, then using 2×6 rafters is a better bet because the price differential won’t be huge and your shed roof will have a much greater load capacity.

### How big of a shed do I need with SYP rafters?

An SYP rafter can span 8’. While the heavy load span specs for a 2×4 rafter are much less than a light load, they would allow you to have a shed width of over 14’ with a gable roof. It will make less sense to use 2×4 rafters on a single slope shed roof if you live an area with heavy snowfall.

How to build a gable roof for an 8×8 shed?

Insert the screws every 8″, along the rafters. Fit 1×4 trims to the end of the rafters. Use 6d nails to lock the trims into place tightly.