A Tin roof... Yeah or Nay???

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by TeenaMarie, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. TeenaMarie

    TeenaMarie New Egg

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    My coop and run together measures 10 x 20 and stands approx. 8 feet tall at its highest point going downward (lean-to style roof) to 6 ft. Sadly, my chickens will not be able to free-range due to my dogs (all 8 of them) but I am hoping the coop/run will be nice enough for a healthy living style. I am kind of stuck has far as the roofing for the run and coop though.... I had planned on using tin for my roofing, but was told this may be too hot for them over the summer months and not allow enough warmth during the winter... Any ideas or opinions from anyone on this would be greatly appreciated. Here are some pics of the coop/run thus far... Again, I welcome any ideas and opinions as I am a newbie at this <3 tyty...
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  2. bigmrg74

    bigmrg74 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I wouldn't worry too much about the tin roof idea, as long as you have enough head room on the roosts so that they wouldn't have their combs right up against it. I've got one roost on my coop that I had to take some cardboard to cover/block out that space between the tin and the bottom of the 2x4's under the tin. Helped to keep my girls from getting frostbite on their combs.
     
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  3. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    use galvanized or a light painted color metal roof. Leave plenty of ventilation, you won't have any trouble with using a metal roof.

    I've put metal roof on the last 2 coops, and already have it installed now on the coop I'm currently building. Haven't had any problems, Don't expect to have any with this one either....
     
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  4. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    although you could use the corrugated plastic roofing, it comes in all colors as well as clear.....it goes on just like metal roofing
     
  5. chynasparks

    chynasparks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great pics. It looks like you've got some shade trees around so maybe direct sun all day won't be an issue. I lost all but 2 of my little flock to predators in about a 3 week period because I developed a false sense of security and let them free range during the day. Locked them in ant night as soon as they went inside. Gave my Roo to my neighbor who covered her run. I hated it but I hear his crow daily, he lives and has girls to ..... I just got new chicks, starting over. Using chain link dog kennels and covering with chain link for the run. Their coop we built is very solid thanks to my husband. Chain link will cover the run. Good luck
     
  6. TeenaMarie

    TeenaMarie New Egg

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    Chynasparks - Yes I do have a couple of shade trees around the helps block the coop from direct sunlight, that is why I was hoping the tin roof idea would be ok :) Thank you for the replies, it helps me feel a little more comfortable going that direction. I believe I will try PapaChaz's idea making sure it is a light color and definitely remembering the ventilation [​IMG] Thanks again for your thoughts... So sorry to hear of the loss on your flock Cynasparks, I have quite a few different predators my way as well so I am trying to make sure everything is covered from ground up. I still have a ways to go on the construction of my coop/run... But I'll get there :) Best of luck to you on your new flock hun!
     
  7. henless

    henless Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a tin roof on my coop. I haven't had a problem with it, even with the Texas heat. Just be sure and fill in the gaps so that nothing can crawl in.
     
  8. CrazyTalk

    CrazyTalk Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Galvenized roof here - no problems. It doesn't get hot - it's way too reflective for that.
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What is your climate? Putting your location in your profile will help folks give more viable suggestions/answers.

    Metal roofs can radiate a lot of heat and cold...and form condensation....but it depends on lot of factors:
    Ventilation, coop wall/window construction, prevailing winds in relation to ventilation, shade and time of day shade exists.

    Might not know until you get it up and experience the different weather conditions thruout the year.
    You could always put up and insulative barrier on the bottom side of rafters under the metal roofing, either now or later.

    Making your ventilation adjustable, like top hinged windows that can be opened in varying degrees or panels that can be put up in winter and taken down in summer can help you manage climate better.
     
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  10. PapaChaz

    PapaChaz Overrun With Chickens

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    I was coming back to suggest galvanized. You can get it at most of the big box stores, but it will be precut to a certain length.

    TeenaMarie - Google 'metal roofing" in your area, and find out if you have a dealer close by (odds are you do). You can call them and they'll cut it the length you want it, you can get the screws from them as well. Order "galvalume" it'll be about .40 a foot cheaper than painted
     

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