pvc panels - clear vs. solar grey?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dftkarin, Nov 6, 2009.

  1. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    Does anyone have pvc panels roofing their coop with solar grey color instead of clear? If so, why did you choose the grey? Does it still let in light but as much heat? I'm wondering if it lets in a lot of light without making the coop heat up horribly when under direct sunlight.
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I haven't used the grey tinted, but I have white translucent Suntuf (I think the mfr's name is something irrelevant like 'opal', but it's just translucent white). It is installed as a run roof, not on an enclosed building, and slopes to the east which would minimize solar heat gain; however, that said, there is no indication of heat building up under it even in midsummer, whereas from past experience with other structures I would say there *would* be if it were clear. So it really does seem to be a substantial improvement on clear from the standpoint of avoiding heat gain.

    Good lcuk, have fun,

  3. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    I used the grey on my summer coop, hoping to make it cooler. It certainly lets in plenty of light, but it's harder to say whether it's cooler (it's so frickin' hot here in the summer).

    I'm using the clear on my winter coop, hoping to make it warmer!

    Here's what the manufacturer's claim about their product:

  4. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just a thought, but I used clear & smoked panels on my first two coops, and then got cheap and started using the metal corrugated roofing.. looks the same as the TufTex but it's metal... anyway it's SO MUCH BETTER I wish I could replace the other roofs. It's SO MUCH COOLER in the direct sun, and gives them lots of shade.. I haven't been through a winter yet, but when the plastic is covered in snow it makes a solid dark ceiling anyway so I don't see it being much different, other than stronger and won't crack.
  5. dftkarin

    dftkarin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2008
    What are the metal corregated roof panels called? Are they easy to install?
  6. DawnSuiter

    DawnSuiter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Well.. I don't know sorry to say... in my Lowe's they are located right with the PVC ones on the bottom of the rack.
    Corrugated Metal Sheets? it's the cheapest roofing they have...
  7. lauriruth

    lauriruth Chillin' With My Peeps

    I used solar grey over my deck and it seemed hotter under it than it did out in the sun!!!! Couldn't believe i paid extra for it! will use white next time.
  8. imtc

    imtc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2008
    we just installed the smoke grey on our run and I really like it so far. It lets plenty of light in and partially shades them and in Texas that's must. I didn't want to use metal for fear that it would shade too much or the clear since I've noticed a tendency for it to yellow over time.
  9. BRAD1215

    BRAD1215 New Egg

    Nov 6, 2009
    Winder, GA
    I used white and the summer was not to bad. I have yet to go thru a winter with this roof so we will see. I have vents near the top to allow circulation so heat in the summer has a place to go.
  10. Sammimom

    Sammimom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 29, 2009
    We went with dark green because someone on another post from Alaska said the clear ones WAAAAY overheated their coop. The dark green covers our coop and run, and worked great this summer keeping both well shaded. I guess I would worry more about them getting too hot then not having enough light, especially if they are out during the day.

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