Coop roofing material

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PurpleChicken, May 25, 2007.

  1. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    A lot of the coop pics on this site show different types of roofing materials. Some of it looks like metal and/or fiberglass.

    Please post your favorite roofing material and a source for it.

    Thanks!!! [​IMG]
  2. lolozigzag

    lolozigzag Hatching

    May 16, 2007
    Zig Zag, Oregon
    Our roof is metal - 3x8 sheets from Home Depot. We live in a wet area (80 - 120 inches of precip per year), so we find metal the longest lasting. Also, our climate is not too hot, it always cools down here at night, so we don't have to worry that metal roofs hold heat more than other roof types. We also like metal because it is quick and easy to install unless you have to cut it.
  3. hencackle

    hencackle Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Cedar shakes or wood shingles. They help the coop stay a little cooler.

    Lowes or Home Depot may have these, but we buy our shingles from local roofing material suppliers. Whatever material you choose, sometimes Lowes or Home Depot are not cheaper because if the item isn't kept in stock, you have to pay extra for special order. Look in the yellow pages under "Roofing Materials"...these suppliers have a wide range of stock and have better prices.
    My DH is a roofing contractor.
  4. jessupfamily

    jessupfamily Songster

    May 14, 2007
    SW Indiana
    We have a city coop and used cedar shake shingles on it (cooler and smell good). They were seconds from a local lumber yard.
    We used metal on our farm (it houses goats and chickens needs to be longer lasting and more durable). We got it from a metal business (it's cheaper that way and they cut it specifically to size).
    Amy J.
  5. PurpleChicken

    PurpleChicken Tolerated.....Mostly

    Apr 6, 2007
    Thanks for the replies. [​IMG]
  6. pharr389

    pharr389 Songster

    May 10, 2007
    southeast georgia
    i've used the fiberglass covering that they greenhouses
    (the greensheets not the clear) makes it not so dark in the coop. i purchased my from the local lumber supply store.
    lowes carried plastic roof covering like this but it was to expensive.
  7. MTchick

    MTchick Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    Western Montana
    We used corrugated tin. It will get hot in the summer, but it is durable and very cheap here.

    To cut corrugated tin, you take your oldest, dullest heavy duty circular saw (skil saw) blade and you mount it back onto the saw with the teeth facing backwards. It cuts through the metal like butter, although it leaves a wicked burr and is painfully loud. That is how we cut all of ours- very easy, actually, and you can make surprisingly precise cuts.

  8. countrygirl4513

    countrygirl4513 Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    Portland TN
    I have a metal roof. It reflects that ole'mean sun. Keeps the chickens cooler in my opinion.

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