Making corrugated metal roofing safe?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by beergnome, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. beergnome

    beergnome Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2010
    Austin, Texas

    I am planning to use corrugated metal roofing on my coop, but that stuff is so sharp. And it's at face level. How do you blunt the edges so no one loses an eye or head?

    Thanks peeps.
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Put it above head level.

    I mean, you do want to be able to walk into your coop without stooping over, right??
  3. fancbrd4me02

    fancbrd4me02 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes, put it above eye level. You can also choose to end the roofing behind or just at the edge of a support. That way the metal isn't just sticking out. I have corrugated metal roofing on my pen. Love it. Keeps the critters out. Also sounds cool when it rains. [​IMG]

    here's a pic of the top of my goose pen:
  4. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would attach 1" X 2" wood facing along the edge to prevent facial damage, cuz I know I'd ALWAYS be running into it. [​IMG]
    The metal roofing is what I was going to use on my coop that is 4' high and that is what I had planned to do to make it safe. Then someone gave me a spa cover that was just the right size. It's 5" thick hard foam rubber with a tough vinyl cover, I never hurt myself on that and it's waterproof and good insulation from our hot summers.
  5. beergnome

    beergnome Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2010
    Austin, Texas
    THanks all! My coop is 4-5 feet high, and I need some overhang for shade in the brutal Texas summer, though the coop will have some tree shade on it. I was kinda hoping to attach some rubber or something to blunt the edges.

    Thanks Tammy, I may go with the 1x2 wood facing that you suggest, if I can make that work.
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I use a lot of corrugated tin and those edges can be sharp.

    It doesn't look very pretty but I bend all of the corners over so they do not present a sharp edge should someone brush against it.

    Never had a problem with the straight edges. It's the corners that are dangerous.

  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Another option, if it HAS to be at head level, is to get angle or 'j' molding, like steel flashing but bent in an L or squared-out J shape, and screw that on to cover the exposed edge. Bend in the poky-out-y corners of the molding.

    Good luck, have fun,

  8. beergnome

    beergnome Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 4, 2010
    Austin, Texas
    Thanks, Pat! I think that's a great idea, I am definitely going to try that.
  9. harvster

    harvster Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 19, 2011
    SE PA
    You could run a bead of silicon along the edge or wear a helmet. Although I really didn't think about the final roof height of my coop it ended up at about 5'8" (I'm 5' 9" [​IMG])
  10. suburbanite

    suburbanite Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 20, 2011
    dont put Jchannel at the edges of the metal roof. that will hold water, which in turn will allow the metal to start rusting at the one place it is most vulnerable, the edge, especially a cut edge.

    here's 2 ideas for the edge
    1, build a small plant ahnger or shelf bracket or something at each corner of the building
    2, pay attention to what you are doing when walking near the building

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