Tips To Help You Install Two Types Of Chicken Coop Roofing

Providing protection via a coop for your flock of chickens is an important part of being a responsible chicken owner. Many varieties of chicken breeds can withstand low winter temperatures, as long as they have protection from wet weather and cold winds. So, a chicken coop with a dry roof and adequate ventilation will give your flock of chickens the happy environment they need to lay you an abundance of eggs. Here are some tips to help you install the right type of coop roof on your chicken's home.

Metal Roof

One of the benefits of installing a metal roof onto your chicken coop is that it can be installed onto a chicken coop with a lower slope or pitch. The metal roofing material helps increase the runoff of moisture from the roof, even on a roof that has slope as little as 1/4:12. (A roof with a slope of 1/4:12 is one-fourth of an inch in rise for every 12 inches of span on your roof.) Experts recommend installing your metal roofing panels onto a coop roof with at least a slope of 2 1/2:12, or two and a half inches of rise on 12 inches of span.

But if your chicken coop roof has been built with little to nearly no slope, you can use metal roofing and not have to worry about pooling water, which can lead to leaks in your coop roof. A leaking coop roof can lead to mold and mildew growth and cause respiratory problems and even death in your flock.

Most coop roofs are built in lean-to style with only one side to roof, so this makes your roof install more simple. Begin the install by applying a layer of roofing paper using roofing nails with plastic cap heads. The plastic cap heads help seal the hold the nail creates in the roofing felt to help prevent leaks. Apply additional layers of roofing felt, overlapping each layer by four inches.

Next, begin installing the metal roofing on one end of the roof with the panels running vertically along the slope of your roof and overlapping the edge of the roof four inches. This will help rain water drain down the ridges from the roof's slope. Use roofing nails to attach the metal panels to the roof, spacing them every eight inches. Be sure you insert each nail into the metal tightly, but without causing the metal to pucker.

Place the next metal panel overlapping the first and lining up one ridge on each of the overlapping panels. Insert the roofing nails to attach each additional panel.

Asphalt Shingled Roof

If you decide to install asphalt shingles on your coop roof, be sure that the pitch of the roof is at least 4:12 with an absolute minimum pitch of 2:12. Asphalt shingle manufacturers recommend this as the minimum slope because the surface of asphalt shingles do not allow water runoff as easily as metal roofing. A low pitched roof with asphalt shingles can allow water to seep into the roofing layers and leak into your coop. So, if your coop roof has a slope less than 4:12, you may want to install metal roofing to ensure the dryness of your coop.

Line the bottom edge of the roofing deck with metal drip edging and attach with roofing nails. Cover the roofing deck and overlap the drip edge with roofing felt. Install each layer of roofing felt lengths overlapping each other four inches. Attach the roofing felt using roofing nails with plastic cap heads, spaced every 12 inches on the edge of the roof and every 24 inches in the center of the roof. Then, install metal drip edging on the sides of the roof.

Begin laying shingles on the bottom edge of the roof, allowing them to overhang the roof's edge by 3/8-inch, and attaching each shingle with four roofing nails. Continue laying each additional row of shingles, overlapping and offsetting the previous row. At the top of the roof, apply a roof ridge layer of shingles. Use a utility knife the cut any shingles that are overlapping the sides of the roof to make each row of shingles even.

Use these tips to help you install asphalt shingles or metal roofing on your chicken coop. If you need any additional help with installing a roof on your chicken coop or other small shed, talk with professional roofing contractors.