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What type of plywood for roofing do I use?

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I was planning on Corrugated roofing but changed my mind when I realized how much sun my run is going to get for half the day.  I found a huge stack of shingles (asphalt?) in our shed, I'm thinking it would be much cooler under a more solid roof.   I'm thinking of leaving a few feet on the end in the corrugated to allow the sun in to warm them on colder days.  What type of plywood should I get.  Thickness?  I'm sure they would help me a Lowes but I wanted to do some pricing ahead of time and a second opinion is always a good idea wink.  Thanks smile

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post #2 of 20

Whatever you have on hand.

I used an old plywood ping pong table that I pulled out of the trash.

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Good answer!   Unfortunately I don't have enough laying around, but at least I can just add to what I have and not be so worried about it.  Thanks big_smile

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I used 1/2inch c/d ply. I used 3/4 inch exterior a/c ply for the floor.

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Perfect I have two pieces of 1/2" already and one 3/4" (?) from old bunk beds.  I'll stick with the 1/2" since I have more of it (I'm assuming I can't mix).  I wasn't sure if it was thick enough.  Good to know it is.

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post #6 of 20

I wouldn't mix just to make sure the roof can go on flat.

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post #7 of 20
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Originally Posted by Haunted Chicken 

Perfect I have two pieces of 1/2" already and one 3/4" (?) from old bunk beds.  I'll stick with the 1/2" since I have more of it (I'm assuming I can't mix).  I wasn't sure if it was thick enough.  Good to know it is.


The strength comes from the rafters.  Mine are 1/2" plywood on 2x4 rafters 18" on center with 0.5 slope.  It carries only the weight of the asphalt shingles and snow.  Use of collar beams would increase the strength if desired.

post #8 of 20

If you have to buy and you want to keep it on the cheap side then check out 7/16" OSB (also called chip board).  This is usually the cheapest plywood you can buy for doing a roof like that.  As long as it's covered and shingled properly you will not have any issues with it.  In my area it cost $6.77 a sheet.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_12212-99999-LBR12212_4294815999+5003695+5003696_4294937087_?productId=3176631&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_10%2B15_4294815999%2B5003695%2B5003696_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=$5%20-%20$10|$10%20-$15

post #9 of 20

I used teh tinted corrugated to build my whole coop. Works good for me.

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Originally Posted by moetrout 

If you have to buy and you want to keep it on the cheap side then check out 7/16" OSB (also called chip board).  This is usually the cheapest plywood you can buy for doing a roof like that.  As long as it's covered and shingled properly you will not have any issues with it.  In my area it cost $6.77 a sheet.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_12212-99999-LBR12212_4294815999+5003695+5003696_4294937087_?productId=3176631&Ns=p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_dollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_10%2B15_4294815999%2B5003695%2B5003696_4294937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr%7C0%7C%7Cp_product_qty_sales_dollar%7C1&facetInfo=$5%20-%20$10|$10%20-$15


I just saw some OSB at Lowes last night and was going to ask if I could use it!!  Thanks ya  It's $7.17 here, not bad, not bad at all big_smile

I still think I'll leave the last little section covered in tinted corrugated to let let in a little sun on days they can't get out to free range.

DH and I are NOT good at building things and thought we had a contractor friend helping us, but just found out we're on our own (scary thought lol) So I really appreciate the good advice given here.   Thanks!!!

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