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What's the simplest (flat) roof I can throw on a 12'x12' shed?

What's the simplest (flat) roof I can throw on a 12'x12' shed?

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Old 09-14-04, 06:51 AM
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Red face What's the simplest (flat) roof I can throw on a 12'x12' shed?

Here's a picture of a shed I'm building:
http://houseofchang.tripod.com/3110shed1-3.jpg

For the roof, I had planned on getting a 12' x 12' sheet of plexiglass and just nailing it on there. Much to my chagrin, I've found that plexiglass doesn't come in that large a size and the smaller sheets (6' x 12') are like $300 each, ouch!

So now my question is:
What is the cheapest and fastest way/material that I can just throw on top that will keep out rain/light snow?

While I'm at it I might as well ask the same question about the sides of the shed since plywood's getting expensive as well and after doing the floor I'm just tired of nailing together all these small pieces, but this time instead of a 12' x 12' floor I'm looking at 4 8' x 12' walls.

Any ideas?

-MC
 
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Old 09-15-04, 09:13 AM
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I can't see the pic, but look into corrugated roofing. Hell of a lot cheaper than plexiglass. Lowes carries it. Mind ya, you are not going to get a 12 sq ft sheet, but I forget the standard size they come in, something like 4 x 6 (?)

For the sides.. there's exterior grade drywall. But you'll have to brace the walls diagonally on the inside as drywall is not as rigid as plywood and may not keep everything straight.
 
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Old 09-15-04, 04:12 PM
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Corragated, either metal or fiberglass. Comes in panels that are 2' wide and whatever length you want. (Using metal will last longer, but you could pur in a couple of fiberglass panels for lite.)
 
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Old 09-16-04, 08:47 AM
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corrugated roofing is the answer, thanks guys, but ...

now the question is, how do I nail metal or fiberglass to the wood frame?

Could I just use regular screws?

-MC
 
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Old 09-16-04, 11:21 AM
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Nails

Special ring shank nails with plastic washers shaped to fit the ridges of corrugated (fiberglass) roofing. You'll also need the corrugated nailing strips under the material. It all adds up... Point is, there's no real cheap way to construct a decent roof
 
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Old 09-16-04, 04:08 PM
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Corrugated (metal or fiberglass) goes up with spiral nails that have neoprene washers, and you install the closers under it before you install it. (Put the nails on the ridge, NOT in the valley of the corrugation!!) Nails run about $3/lb., and the closers are fairly cheap, and you only need a run of them every 3 or 4 feet as you work your way up the roof. Still a lot less expensive than Plexiglas would be.
 
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Old 09-27-04, 06:14 AM
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thanks for all your suggestions

I did the roof out of corrugated pvc using those special screw and the bracket strip.

thanks,

-MC
 
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