SO. MUCH. MUD. Thinking of putting a metal roof on run....

BBHF1775

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I can't take it anymore.... the snow, the mud, the rain, the wet feed, the geese looking like they've applied a mud pack from Sephora.... We're thinking of pulling the black rafters, putting in some cross beans and putting on a metal roof (flat seam panels such as those at Home Depot et al). It will be a flat roof and we are in lower NY so we will have some snow load. Anyone have any advice they'd like to share? The run currently looks like this with HWC and rafters. And mud because its been raining for two days... Thanks BYC community!

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CoopDeVille1973

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What are the dimensions of the run? 4/12 pitch minimum so you don't have to worry about extra butyl taping of seams (water will find its way in). Make sure you put rigid foam insulation or at least plywood down before the steel to mitigate condensation at certain temps and humidity levels. Frame needs to be beefed up with some 4x4s and top/crown plates and I'd use 2x6 rafters with a ridge beam and collar ties. Make sure to have eave overhang all the way around at least a foot.
 
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Coopscraft

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Putting a roof on the run is a good idea if it’s not to large to be affordable. In my area it rains 50” within a six month period. It tends to rain in all directions simultaneously so even places under cover get soaked. I control mud by constantly adding wood chips to the run and walkways. I get them for free because the arborists have more than they can get rid of. As luck would have it, hundred foot trees around here are a weed.
 

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I can't take it anymore.... the snow, the mud, the rain, the wet feed, the geese looking like they've applied a mud pack from Sephora.... We're thinking of pulling the black rafters, putting in some cross beans and putting on a metal roof (flat seam panels such as those at Home Depot et al). It will be a flat roof and we are in lower NY so we will have some snow load. Anyone have any advice they'd like to share? The run currently looks like this with HWC and rafters. And mud because its been raining for two days... Thanks BYC community!

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a roof before, It just caused us a whole lot of problems, Good thing we still have some funds to spare to replace it, You should do the same my friend..
 

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Based on my research you need at least a 4 in 12 pitch for shed style metal roof to properly shed snow, rain, etc. Unless you buy special low slope metal roofing, like ice rinks and warehouses sometimes. And like DobieLover says you will need to be sure the rafters can handle the snow loads.
Not just the rafters. The wall construction of the run was not designed to carry a lot of load. The spacing between studs is not sufficient to support the top plate with rafters and roofing with a high live load. If the spacing is maintained then the top plate needs a beam and the 2x4's need to be doubled up. And the load needs to be carried to firm ground that will not heave during the winter freeze/thaw cycle. That means footers dug to below the area frost depth. The OP is in Southern NY. I am in Southern NY. My code depth is 42".
The bare minimum pitch for solid metal roof 2/12. More is better as it will hasten the drainage of rain and snow from the roof.
 

aart

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Listen to @DobieLover about framing.

Meanwhile a good load of wood chippings
(from a tree trimmer or large untreated mulch)
would help with the mud,
after you take care of trenching to drain any standing water.

Pics of current conditions might help us help you.

Oh, and.....Welcome to BYC! @BBHF1775
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