roofing the coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by stretchc1, Feb 15, 2009.

  1. stretchc1

    stretchc1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2008
    I'm building my first coop. It will be small (4'x4') with a shed roof framed and covered with plywood. I got some asphalt shingles from freecycle, but wonder what kind of material--if anything--I should use underneath them. I think I read somewhere that the felt-like roofing paper was a mite magnet and thus bad news for chickens.

    I'm also wondering whether asphalt shingles are such a good idea anyway. The shed roof has to slant down toward the run area because the coop will be attached to another small outbuilding. I can put a little gutter on the edge to redirect run off, but should I worry about those little rubber specks that tend to wash off of shingles?

    It seems too cold here (in CT) to use the corrugated vinyl roofing unless it was on top of the plywood. If asphalt isn't a good idea, what about cedar shingles? Same questions about what to put underneath.

    Any advice welcome!
  2. Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Hangin Wit My Peeps

    Apr 20, 2008
    Birnamwood, Wisconsin
    We have shingles on our roof and so far so good. I don't see much run off of anything coming off our roof.
  3. SussexInSeattle

    SussexInSeattle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 6, 2008
    I definitely used the roofing felt and there was another question very similar in regard to the roofing felt and everyone replied that you really need it to protect the wood of your roof. Mites are going to live anywhere they can find a crack in the wood so don't omit the obvious protection in the fear of mites.

    Just keep up with regular exams on your birds and mite dusting when necessary. You can not stop wild birds from flying into your yard so you will just have to deal with pests when they occur! Build your coop right the first time and it will last you for years to come.

    I also used asphalt shingles and don't notice anything falling off the shingles during rain or snow, only when people are walking on the roof. If you are routing the water elsewhere, even if some of the gravel did fall off the shingles, why does that matter? The stuff can not hurt your garden. If you are intending for this to be your chickens sole source for water, I don't think you will get enough water at all times.
  4. bluey

    bluey thootp veteran

    Apr 10, 2008
    Washington, PA
    I agree with Sussex. I used asphalt shingles and roofing felt. No mite issue after a year. Also, no dust or particles from the roof.

    Th only downside I see to the asphalt roof to this point is the weight it adds. It makes moving the coop around a little more challenging.
  5. Chickenfortress

    Chickenfortress Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 8, 2008
    The particals you are talking about aren't rubber, they are asphalt. They are much sharper than most other sands. They are also just about inert in a biological sense. They are made from a very low solvent asphalt so it can be crushed into those granules and not paste up. You won't see many reach the ground anyway on such a small roof. If you are still a bit worried about them, dilute them. Spread a bag of sand on the ground around the area, and your chickens will not pick up many granules while trying to get grit.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    You'll NEED that gutter to route water away from the run anyway, so that will catch any particles off the roof, end of *any* worry there might have been [​IMG]

    I have seen exhortations not to use roofing felt *inside* coops like to cover the insides of drafty walls; but I can't imagine anything is going to live in it *on the roof*. Even under the shingles there, it gets pretty darn hot [​IMG]

    Remember the nail points will protrude thru the plywood if you shingle. Make sure this will not be a problem for your head or that of the chickens. Otherwise it is *fine*, though.

    Good luck, have fun,

  7. stretchc1

    stretchc1 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2008
    Thanks, everybody!

    I'm going ahead with the shingles, and I'll be extra careful about installing a decent gutter system.
  8. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    And again...I Just learned something new on BYC!! [​IMG]

    Gotta put a gutter up on the run side of my coop!! Or all that water will spill into the run ! [​IMG]
    And I just happen to have some leftover guttering somewhere.......[​IMG] now...where is my toolbelt....[​IMG]

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