I am making a rabbit hutch for a friend and to avoid nails through the
plywood roof, I was thinking of using roofing cement to adhere the 3
tab shingles to the wood instead of nails.
Will the roofing cement suffice in windy/stormy weather once it has
dried/cured? This is not a high tech/demanding project, just want
something trouble free.
Can't get much more trouble free than nailing. What's the problem w/
that? If think there's any problem w/ the bunnies getting scratched,
clinch them when done, but can't imagine it could be a real issue unless
the roof is too low to start with...
Then go with metal and use short screws. You can put metal on
plywood to keep the heat down. Use the techshield decking and
you will further enhance the cool underside of the roof.
If you try to glue shingles down, are you going to first glue
down the felt and then glue the shingles to the felt? You are
not thinking about eliminating the felt are you?
Nails are a good thing as you know. You could cut a piece of styrofoam
and just press it to the ceiling having the exposed nails hold it. Much
easier to "reroof" of course.
You could use maybe polyurethane caulk tubes. Depending on the size of
the hutch, could get expensive. They do make the contractor size tubes
which may cut the cost. You would need a special caulking gun for it of
course. "reroofing" nightmare probably.
It would help answer the OP's question if he would give us a little
more background. How big is the hutch? How tall? If it is small
enough to glue the shingles down without having to crawl around, it
would probably be fine to glue them with roofing cement. On something
that small, I don't think felt is necessary. I don't think they'd
take much abuse, however, like walking on them, large amounts of snow
and ice, etc. Perhaps as someone suggested a urethane caulk would be
better. You might want to experiment. Having said that, I still think
you'd be better off with some type of nail, though itdepends on the
project. What are the consequences if a shingle falls off? If it's
no big deal, then go for it. If the owner is going to sue your ass
for emotional damages because their bunnies got wet, then better nail
down with 5 nails per, two layers of ice and water, tar every shingle,
Roofing cement is the way to go. It is typically a black tarry stuff and
works very well.
I used it on a real house a few years ago and not a shingle has blown
off despite several storms.
No staples, thank you.
OK, I did it with roofing cement. The metal roof would have been an
alternative, but i had a bunch of shingles already. I cemented them
all down and let it sit for a week. Then I loaded it in the back of
my truck with the bottoms of the shingles facing into the wind driving
(it was above my rooftop of the cab). They stayed on at 55MPH for 5
miles, so I think they will hold OK! Thanks for the replies.
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