Roof Condensation, Shop Insulation question

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Topic by SteveKorz posted 02-13-2012 03:31 AM 4094 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-13-2012 03:31 AM

Topic tags/keywords: roof insulation gable vent fiberglass moisture condensation sofit spray foam

Hey All,

I am in the middle of redesigning my shop. I’m drawing out the electric and studs, planning for insulation, etc. The shop will be heated and cooled. I’m writing this post in hopes to solve a potential condensation issue.

The issue that I’m running into is the roof. I want a vaulted ceiling in my shop. I would like to insulate between the rafter perlins that hold the metal roof on, but I’m afraid of putting fiberglass batting right against the roof. There will be a metal roof, 2×4 perlins with insulation, and then alluminum sheeting on the inside of the shop.

I am afraid that this method will not be adequate enough, and it will eventually draw condensation on the inside of the shop, under the metal roof, and soak the insulation (then drawing more condensation due to lack of effective or wet insulation, etc).

Would it be better for me to drop below the bottom of the perlins, and stud in 2×6 rafters that will hold the 2×6 fiberglass batting? It would be the metal roofing, 6” of air void, 6” of insulation, then the alluminium sheeting for the interior finish.

Will this be enough for air to move if I vent it on the ridge, and on the gables through vented sofit to avoid any condensation? The drip edge has no vent.

I am really perplexed by this… I would really like to plan and begin rough design of the interior, but I don’t know where to begin with this roof.

I have thought about having a professional use spray foam, but I still don’t know if it would be enough (and I’m having trouble finding someone in my area). The last thing that I want is to have a moisture issue in the shop after I’ve worked so hard to prevent it. Since the ceiling is vaulted, I don’t think that loose, blown in insulation won’t be an option because I think it would settle to the bottom over the years, creating condensation at the peak.

Putting a flat ceiling in my shop isn’t really an option for me, I need the working height that the vaulted ceiling provides, or that would be an obvious answer for me. A flat ceiling would give me less than 7’6”.


Thank you all in advance for ANY help or thoughts that you can provide….


-- --Steve

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02-13-2012 08:07 PM

I feel like you will get several responses on this and will get better advice from someone that builds in your area. I have been there but I am not familiar with all the techniques used there. I like plenty of ventilation in an attic. Soffit vents and ridge vents are my favorites. I think you need some space between the roof and the insulation for air to flow. You will want some kind of venting system to allow air to go between the insulation at the sidewall. In my part of the country they are referred to as air chutes. They usually fasten to the underside of the roof or decking. They are ribbed and air flows between the chutes and the roof. These chutes also keep insulation from going into the soffits. air flow usually takes care of many problems. Rafters inside would be nice but a lot of expense. When I read that I thought someone up there has that figured out and they will respond. Let’s give them the opportunity.

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01-03-2017 04:50 PM

Insulation is probably the most important and difficult part in a construction project. For that reason you better ask a professional for help. In the mean time, you can buy more supplies, like the caster wheels, to use in your project. If you have everything prepared, your project will be completed right on time.

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05-08-2023 09:09 AM

Roof condensation occurs when warm, moist air from inside a building comes into contact with a cold surface, such as the roof, and the moisture in the air condenses into droplets. This can lead to a variety of issues, including water damage, mold growth, and reduced energy efficiency. There International Travel are several factors that can contribute to roof condensation, including inadequate ventilation, high humidity levels, and poorly insulated roofs. If you are experiencing roof condensation, it is recommended to consult with a professional roofing contractor or building inspector to determine the best solution for your specific situation.

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