Reflective paint corrugated roof necessary?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Sakmeht, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    Hi, so we have more or less finished our coop (YAY!) and just have the metal corrugated roof to put on over the 3/4inch compressed plywood roof that's currently on it.
    Right now, it's about 5 degrees warmer in the coop than outside and that's with all of the vents/windows open. And we have the roof painted white at this time.
    So, do you think it's necessary to paint the corrugated metal with a reflective paint? Or will it reflect pretty well on it's own? I'm curious to see how much warmer (or cooler) the coop becomes when the roof is finished. For those of you who used the reflective paint, did you find it dropped the temp in the coop significantly? Or not so much?
    Obviously, we're just wondering whether we should go to the bother.

    According to our several thermometers it's 87 degrees in the shade and 92 in the coop. And it's 1:30pm so past the time when hens would be laying eggs, I'm guessing. I can imagine they won't hang out in a hot coop later in the afternoon when it warms up. My run is filled with sand and I've wetted down the shaded part and they're looking pretty comfortable there. [​IMG]

    Here's a pic of our coop:

    we have large windows on opposite sides and high ventilation on all four sides - plus a lower down poop door that my husband cut way too narrow so it will be turned into summer ventilation.


    Edited to add link to a pic of our coop
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    It would do more good to insulate the ceiling than to paint the roof

    Adding more ventilation would help too
  3. Sakmeht

    Sakmeht Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2011
    Here's a couple pics from the side and back...

    My husband cut the window and 'poop door' before consulting me so unfortunately the windows are not as big as I would have liked.
    We are probably going to cut two round windows in the front door of the coop, helping with ventilation. That's probably as much as
    we'll be able to do.

    Is there a spray type of insulation that can go between the roof and the corrugation?

    Edit: same link twice
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011

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