Coop Roofing Materials

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by LAguy, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. LAguy

    LAguy New Egg

    Mar 9, 2012
    SE Louisiana
    I have pretty much everything designed for my coop and run except for the roofing materials so advice is requested please -

    I live in southern Louisiana - warm, rainy summers - cold, rainy winters. The roof will be a flat slanted roof, slanting to the rear of the coop - facing north.

    Available materials -

    Roof shingles

    Corrugated Tin

    Corrugated colored plastic / ?

    What are your thoughts and suggestions.


  2. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    I have a corrugated metal roof, whatever was cheapest.

    Good at preventing sunlight and shedding water
  3. gapeach717

    gapeach717 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 9, 2012
    North, ga
    My husband wants to do tin, but it is pricey for us, I think we will do sealer rolled plywood. For now and add shingles later. :)
  4. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 24, 2010
    I would go with white plastic sheet (not clear) that let light enter through the roof. I bought and use for patio for 10 years and no sign of damage. It works great. Your chickens will lay more eggs during the winter month. It also save $ without buying plywood for the roof. The water also safe for chicken if you wish to run to your automatic nipple water system. The water from shingle roof material is toxic for chicken.
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2012
  5. CSWolffe

    CSWolffe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 2, 2011
    Salt Lake City
    Corrugated tin will be a much cheaper(and better) choice in the long run. Exposed ply, even sealed, WILL de-laminate, leak, and grow mold. Ply is NOT meant to be exposed to the weather, it is engineered to be covered by a weather proof product. If you try to cheap out now, you will just end up replacing the roof in a few months, maybe a year.
    Believe me, I understand now money can be tight, but please, try to find a way to justify the tin. You will be much happier in the long run.
    If hot summer sun is an issue, you can do what I did. I started with a ply roof, then built up an airway with 1x2s before I installed the tin. This gives space for air to flow underneath and cool the tin, rather than directly heating the coop below.
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  6. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    if you use metal or plastic roof use light color roofing. How cold does it really get in the winter. Cold winter is relative. For me cold is -25F with several foot of snow and winds blowing , but for you it might be 32F and flurries. If you are concerned about your chickens getting cold you could build a soda can (yes, beer cans work too lol) solar heater.
  7. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    If you are doing plywood you need the shingles now.

    I'm in North FL it snows every approx 100 years -

    I'm worried about heat but with the metal roof reflective up- and 8 feet high heat transfer is not an issue

    here's mine:

    that's 1/4 inch welded wire (as thick as I could afford) and on the covered part metal.
  8. wilbilt

    wilbilt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2012
    Nor Cal
    I like the corrugated, galvanized metal roofing. It is inexpensive and maintenance free. It also has a look that goes well with "chicken coop".
  9. crumptz

    crumptz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2012
    Mountain View, CA
    Hey, I just called a roofing company and asked if they had shingles available for a kids project. I told them I only needed enough for 4X5 area and they are giving them to us for free! Can't beat that price!
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  10. wilbilt

    wilbilt Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 20, 2012
    Nor Cal
    Free is always good. :)

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