The Importance of Ventilation in a Workshop Shed

DATE POSTED: Feb 28, 2017 12:53:04 PM
POSTED BY: Wheatbelt Steel

Ventilation in your workshop shed is very important when it comes to the health and safety of you, your family and your employees.

Having condensation in your workshop shed is not desirable, it can lead to dampness, mold health issues and low energy efficiency.

Some people overlook ventilation when designing their dream workshop but the consequences can be unseemly.

The idea of owning a workshop is to have somewhere to protect your assets and to work comfortably.

The roof absorbs a lot of heat as it is in the sun’s direct firing line all day, this causes the workshop to reach high temperatures. So high it can melt plastic and warp timber that may be stored in the workshop.

In winter, dampness is caused by the moisture in the air. Dampness in your workshop shed can be disastrous. It can cause a build up of mould and mildew and can cause rotting of any timber materials you may have and can rust tools, machinery and steel stored in the workshop.


Ridge vents are a long term quick fix solution to keeping your workshop shed well ventilated.

The ridge vent is built into the roof of the workshop and they work particularly well on high peaked roofs.

The vent allows you to exchange the air in the workshop on a continual basis with the lightest of breezes, typically replacing the entire volume of air in the shed a few times an hour. You can compare this to parking your car in the summer with the windows up, compared to having the windows down.

A well designed workshop with adequate ridge venting can reduce the inside temperature by as much as 10 degrees.

The beauty of ridge vents is that, unlike “whirly birds”, there are no moving parts to wear out and squeak, and they move a much higher volume of air than as well.

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