8x12 Shed Rafter/Truss Questions


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Old 05-08-21, 08:31 PM
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8x12 Shed Rafter/Truss Questions

Hello all,

I am in the process of planning out a shed build for this summer, and I can't seem to find straightforward information on what type of rafters or trusses I need. Hoping someone here can help me. First and foremost, the shed is going to be 8'x12' with a gable roof. I am in Quebec, Canada, so snow is definitely a thing.

Here are my questions:
  • With a 1' overhang, this gives me a 5' run (8' shed + 1' on each end = 10'/2 = 5' run) Do I need full on trusses, or can I get away with just doing rafters?
  • If so, and taking snow load into consideration, will a 2x6 rafter secured with hurricane clips at 16'" OC be enough?
  • What would be a typical pitch for this? I am thinking either 6/12 or 9/12, but I am wondering what the best move is here.

Than you so much in advance, friends!
Nic
 

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Old 05-08-21, 10:43 PM
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When I built my 10x15 shed 2 summers ago I was also debating the roof question, found simple trusses at Menards for like $40 each (bet they are not that cheap today) and for me it was the right choice since I built the shed myself and could manage a 12 truss.

The pitch is personal choice but big pitches make it a more difficult to deck and shingle so something to consider.
 
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How much pitch to have can also depend on the type of roofing used. Snow will slide off a metal roof easier than it will off of asphalt shingles.
Back in the late 70's I built a 8x12 shed and made my own trusses. 2x4s should be fine for trusses although a 2x6 is probably better if you go with a ridge beam and rafters.
 
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Thanks alof for your answers guys!
I think I''ve landed on 2x6 rafters.
Assuming I am using asphalt shingles would a 6/12 pitch make sense?
 
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Old 05-13-21, 02:39 AM
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While we get snow, we don't get a lot or for extended periods but I'd think a 6/12 pitch would be fine. What is the norm for roof pitch in your locale?
 
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Old 05-13-21, 04:19 AM
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The pitch is more aesthetic than functional, once you get past the min pitch requirements for a shingled structure they all work!
 
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