Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Metal Roofing

I was on the phone today with our local roofing supplier ABC Supply.  The salesman explained to me that I do not have the correct product name on the plans.  The metal roofing is properly known as ridge roofing and not standing metal seam.  The ridge roofing is a less expensive product that does not need underlayment and can be installed over the coop frame.

I was out at our local big box home improvements store today and found that ridge roofing is now available as a special order product.  It is offered in 10 different colors and has all the trim materials.  The store can order the panels precut to the inch at a very attractive price. One tip is to first choose the roofing and then make the roof length fit the width of the panels.  The panels I saw today are 38 inches wide.  Three panels would give you 104 inches. If you don't want to have to cut the panels to make the 8 foot as called for in the plans, consider building the coop to fit the 104 inches.  Alternatively, the metal panels can be cut easily with tin snips or aviator snips.

The matching screws sold with this roofing product are also expensive. You can substitute a generic screw with a rubber washer available at the home improvement stores.  Here in Madison we have Home Depot and Menards.  I have not checked to see what Lowe's has to offer.

Again if you find the metal roofing too pricey, consider using an asphalt corrugated roofing material.  It won't look quite as finished, but the chickens will surely not complain.

Happy Building


Minh said...

Thank you for posting, this is very helpful especially I am building a "club house" for my son, much smaller though (6'x5'). Question, who is the manuf. of the metal roof and was it at Home Depot you ordered it from?
Thanks again,

Karen said...

We built your Playhouse coop a year ago, but it has remained unfinished and I am determined to finish it this summer. One of the attractions I had to your plan was the roof. Fortunately I found scrap pieces through a sheet metal shop for free. However, they did not have the top cap ridge and it was going to be expensive to have them create it so we have a gap at the top. I have been trying to find this piece (only need 8ft) but can't find anything at Home Depot or Lowes. I was wondering if you have any suggestions?
Thanks, Karen

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