Newbie roof construction question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Todd510, Jan 15, 2016.

  1. Todd510

    Todd510 New Egg

    Jan 15, 2016

    I'm working on planning my first chicken coop/run and am confused about the best way to construct & attach roofing rafters. The coop design working as my inspiration is the Wichita coop, and it looks like with this design the rafters are just screwed into the sides of the top of the wall studs. Here is an example of what I'm talking about from Sam3's build:

    I've always seen rafters attached using a top plate and notches or hanger ties, something like this:

    The first example seems a lot easier to pull off. Is there any major structural disadvantage?

  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi Todd, Welcome to BYC!

    I'm sorry you haven't gotten an answer yet! Unfortunately I'm not the builder! I did go out to my coop today to take a picture of our coop roof for you. My husband and daughter built the roof (the structure didn't have one). This was the first roof they ever put on too!




    Hopefully you'll get some other responses too!
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Doesn't the Wichita Coop have plastic panels for roofing?
    In that case, the first example should be adequate support.
  4. Kirbzilla

    Kirbzilla Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 25, 2015
    Ashburnham, MA
    My Coop
    Our coop porch has a similar design... Looks like we did similar to your first example.


    With our roof ( different style ) we used hurricane ties for extra support. - you can see them in the picture below. they were like .60 a piece and figured they couldnt hurt!
    chickachickayea likes this.

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