Aluminet shade cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lovemy6hens, May 21, 2016.

  1. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Any advice on using aluminet shade cloth over the run? I've only found a couple of posts that mention it & they're several years old. If it works for anyone, please post.

    We have a run that is a 10x10 dog run covered with the standard black shade top. We've covered that with tan colored shade cloth. It's not enough. I would like to replace both layers with aluminet. I found a very expensive "desert festival" shadecloth that is 50% white with a layer of 50% aluminet on top. I could make something like that out of remnants. Would that work?

    What percentage shade should I look for? We don't have any trees, so I need something that will provide a significant amount of shade over the top.
     
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  2. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm ordering some silver ChromatiNet with 80% shade. It's less expensive, so I'm trying it first. If anyone has advice on that, please post.
     
  3. BruceAZ

    BruceAZ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use shade screen above the coop/run + foam insulation sheet

    my coop/run is only 4 ft tall.. so.. on the roof i put some sheets of foam insulation i have lying around to help reflect the sun rays

    and at 8-9 ft level i have a 6'x8' shade screen

    so 2 layer of cover

    it's pretty dang hot here 111-113 in the next few days

    if i can reduce the heat gain through the roof it will help
     
  4. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How well did that work? I am wondering what to order also.
     
  5. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm looking forward to letting you know. I just received the notice that my order has shipped. It took longer because I ordered a custom 10'x10' with tape & grommets. The total including shipping was about $80.
     
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  6. limited25

    limited25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thats the size we are wanting also, and a pretty good price. Can you tell me where you ordered it, or send me a PM? Would like to get one too.
     
  7. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Of course! I bought it from Gothic Arch Greenhouses. I emailed them for a quote and then called them to order it over the phone. They were very nice and helpful.

    Here is the link: https://www.gothicarchgreenhouses.com/chromatinet-grey-shade-cloth.htm
     
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  8. kohchicks

    kohchicks Just Hatched

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    I'm also curious about the Aluminet shade cloth, let us know! Its going to get to 108 this week, and my little nuggets are afraid of everything (misters, wind, fans, etc).
     
  9. lovemy6hens

    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The ChromatiNet shade cloth arrived and is now on top of the run. I am surprised by the amount of light that comes through; I expected more shade. There has been a breeze the past couple of days, so it's hard to tell if it's making a difference with the heat. I am thinking about adding a layer of white shade cloth under it. What do you think?

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    lovemy6hens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I decided against the Aluminet because it is designed to regulate temperature over a 24-hour period in addition to shading an area. I don't know how much of a difference that would make with an open-sided run. It's too expensive for me to experiment with. Advice welcome.
     

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