Roofing ideas please!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rnbnc1, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. rnbnc1

    rnbnc1 New Egg

    Oct 25, 2008
    I am in need of ideas for a covering on the top of my chicken coop. I live in SE North Carolina & it gets pretty darned hot in the summer. The current roof is plastic chicken wire & the sides are metal chicken wire. I am thinking I need to put some sort of cover on top of the existing wire so the ladies won't get baked by the summer sun. Maybe some sort of parachute type material or something? Does anyone else have a cloth roof? Any ideas would be very appreciated!
    I tried a couple of tarps, I also tried some shower curtains lol but they ripped, blew off and so forth.
  2. Zahboo

    Zahboo Simply Stated

    Feb 3, 2009
    Hope Mills, NC
    Home Depot has shade cloth that works very well
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    I recommend shade cloth. You can use two thicknesses if necessary, esp. on the west side. It is less apt to rip off in the wind or cause your whole coop/run to go sailing through the air (note: LESS apt, not totally immune from the problem!) than a tarp would be.

    If home depot (etc) doesn't carry it, try large garden centers and nurseries, tho it will be pricier there.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. rnbnc1

    rnbnc1 New Egg

    Oct 25, 2008
    Thank you so very much! [​IMG] I would never had thought of shade cloth and that they might sell it at HD! I was looking at all these crazy websites at SHADE SAILS that are very expensive and triangular which would be useless! lol
  5. Silverduck

    Silverduck Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2007
    Walker County, Alabama
    We bought shade cloth last year at Walmart, in the garden center. It wasn't very expensive. You might check there, they probably will be a little cheaper.
  6. mygor

    mygor Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 2, 2009
    Mount Perry , Ohio
    Check in your phone book for semi trailer repair shops. I get chemlite ( roofing material for semi trailers) for free from my local shop. sometimes you need to patch some holes but it is flexible enough to suit your needs. I have them try to save it in one piece. It will roll up to an 8' long roll to fit in a pickup bed. when you unroll it its about 50' long. They will probably give it to you for hauling it off. Then they don't have to pay to send it to the landfill. You may have to ask them to save it as one piece, they usually break it down to fit the dumpster.
  7. cyrixlord

    cyrixlord Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2008
    Monroe, wa
    Quote:try lowes, since they dont pay their CEO 34 million dollars after they fire him [​IMG]

    have you considered corrugated plastic roofing? it would arc over your metal and you could secure it down. it would be a bit more involved to get it on, but i bet it would stay [​IMG] its the stuff they make some awnings out of.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2009
  8. Dr.Doorlock

    Dr.Doorlock Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 21, 2008
    Garland, Texas
    One more idea, very much more wind resistance. Take a look at You can buy it at Lowes for about $30 for a 7' x 4' piece.
  9. fpscabs

    fpscabs Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2009
    Glendora, CA
    Since shade is a premium here in So. Cal., I am going to cover my run with corrigated panels. I will have them met at the center rib and have an opening for air release. The crown will be raised above that to allow more air release. Just have not been able to get material to finish this part yet.

    Just waiting to be covered.

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