Horizontal Snow--Need Advice

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Superior Chicks, Feb 26, 2009.

  1. Superior Chicks

    Superior Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a brand new coop that came fully built with a nmetal roof. Great ventilation at the top and roof vents.


    When we get horizontal snow (like now [​IMG]) it actually blows up the "ribs" of the metal roof and into the coop!

    What can I do to remedy this? It is a great coop and solidly built. We only had a storm like this once before in December, but unless I do something this will always be problematic. The snow is coming straight in and entering the coop at the top of the coop.

    Help! Someone here I know will have an answer for this. Right now I have used pieces of stryofoam to block the snow on the inside. (The coop is uninhabited, peeps coming in May.)

    Presently we are working on insulation installation. We've hit a dead end for now because of this challenge.


  2. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    You need corrugated roof molding. Click on this link http://www.naturalhandyman.com/iip/infxtra/infcorroofpanels.html scroll down to the pictures (just past step 6) see the wavy things on the 2x4’s? That’s the corrugated roof molding. They should have it in the molding section in your local hardware store. It has a flat side to go against the ceiling joist/header/2x4 and then the wavy part goes against the corrugated roofing. Clear as mud? Hope this helps. Good luck![​IMG]
  3. Superior Chicks

    Superior Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Clear as mud???[​IMG] LOL!

    Bear with me...... won't that cut off the ventilation? Is there anything that can be used on the OUTside of the coop? Are you refering to the closer strips or end wall flashing?


  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Ideally you would have installed a profile strip (that matches the corrugations under your particular metal roofing) when you put the roofing on, to prevent this. (e.t.a. - this is the same thing Renee is talking about, profile strips, closure strips,whatever [​IMG]) It is usually possible to pull the lowest screws and add the profile strip in later (like, now), if you want to purchase the profile strips. In a perfect world you would replace at least some of those screws with longer ones, although if you don't get humongously terrible winds you can probably go without, and if wind *is* an issue, you can always add an additional screw a few inches behind the original one.

    However personally I dunno as I'd spend the money on profile strips at this point when you could much more easily jam sections of old feed sacks in there to achieve the same goal for free [​IMG] Seriously.

    For ventilation it would be best to have purpose-built openings, with a flap or slider to close them off, high on all or several walls. Then you can close the upwind ones on those sideways-blizzard days. They will also offer a lot *more* ventilation than just relying on what comes up the ribs of the roofing; and you will be able to insulate the underside of the metal roofing if you are having condensation or frost there (which is really common in wintery climates).

    Good luck, have fun,

    Last edited: Feb 26, 2009
  5. Renee'

    Renee' Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
    I was referring to the closure strips and the other email posted calls them profile strips. Don't know about the ventilation issue though, sorry.
  6. Superior Chicks

    Superior Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks Pat, I WAS thinking of doing the jamming feed sacks for free thing myself but wondered if it would be ok!

    Since we did not build the coop I had no control on certain issues mentioned. BTW, we do have 2 double hung windows, and a ventilation (flaped) window high up in the coop that runs the whole length of the coop that can be opened and regulated accordingly. This ventilation window is on the leeward side of the coop.

    We are currently in the process of insulating the metal roof for the condensation frost problem that we anticipate when the coop is occupied.

    Thanks so very much!

    I'm off with the sacks to do some serious stuffing![​IMG]

  7. big greg barker

    big greg barker Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2008
    central maine
    You didn't say how big your coop is, but if it is big enough to walk in, I would go to the hardware store and get a can of "Great Stuff" foam insulation in a can, and fill the holes you speak of. Don't put too much in the holes, as it expands by about 50%. After it sets up hard, take a utility knife and cut out the excess that the chickens might be able to peck at. That would be easier than trying to unscrew the edges and adding the profile strips. Then, as sugested in another reply, put in a couple vents that you can close manually.
    Another thing you might try if the coop is smaller is to turn it so the wind doesn't hit those holes. Good luck...........

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