Roofing felt alternative??

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by New2Peeps, Jul 7, 2008.

  1. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have managed to build a small coop and it has a 4 x 4 shed roof.

    I have asphalt roll roofing, asphalt shingles, flashing and nails etc.----but I have no roofing felt [​IMG]

    I have been looking for scraps at construction sites etc, but so far no luck.

    Is there anything that I can put under the shingles or roll roofing instead of the roofing felt?
     
  2. TEXASSuperCHICKEN

    TEXASSuperCHICKEN Out Of The Brooder

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    I wouldn't put shingles over just plywood...I bought felt and it was only $15.00 for a pretty good sized roll. You could always ask for the general contractor to see if you could get some scrap- or call a local roofing company and see if you can have some or buy just what you need. The felt will help protect the plywood from moisture and rot. You could just put shingles over plywood, but you run the risk of replacing your roof and any damage to the structure that may accur.
     
  3. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just hate to buy a whole roll for a 4x4 roof. I was thinking that maybe some sort of plastic might work? If not I guess I will keep looking in the scrap piles.
     
  4. LoneCowboy

    LoneCowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got some small rolls at my local Habitat for Humanity thrift store, it's call Restore. Anyway, see if you have one around you and check out there.

    The roofing felt is what makes the roof waterproof, not the shingles, so don't go without it.
     
  5. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the reply [​IMG] I will check that out, and also just posted a "wanted" on freecycle. I'm sure I'll find a piece somewhere [​IMG]
     
  6. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Maybe you can find some scraps of Grace water and ice shield - the peel-and-stick stuff. It's hard to work with so there tend to be a lot of scraps at construction sites, and it's better than roofing felt.
     
  7. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I heard from a roofer a few years ago that the roofing felt acutally traps the humidity and doesn't let the roof breathe. On a 4x4 foot roof, I would skip it.
     
  8. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    paint the plywood and after it's cured roof over it.
     
  9. New2Peeps

    New2Peeps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just painting it will work? I already gave it a coat of Kilz exterior primer and one coat of exterior paint---about 3 weeks ago. Is that waterproof enough?? If so------

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  10. countryboy

    countryboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 31, 2007
    another coat wont hurt, as long as it's cured it will do the job, I like felt personally but have done the paint method before, it's old hat.
     

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