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    Default Alternative roofing materials?

    Are you using something other than galvanized sheet metal to cover your hive? I'm looking for ideas on how to effectively weatherproof my homemade garden top covers.

    I've tried aluminum and it splits too easily, copper is easy to bend and good looking but so expensive and sheets of galvanized metal are ok but hard for me to bend and I'd like to try something else.
    Ben M.

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    Default Re: Alternative roofing materials?

    How about cedar shake?
    Dan Hayden 4 Years. 9 hives. Tx Free. USDA Zone 5b.

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    Default Re: Alternative roofing materials?

    I have used cedar shingles. Some of the college students made a top bar hive with asphalt shingles. I use exterior latex paint most of the time.
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    Default Re: Alternative roofing materials?

    You could try mobile home roof coating available at Home Depot, etc. We just paint ours and have had no problems.

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    Default Re: Alternative roofing materials?

    I like thw 20" wide rolls of flashing. Bends easy never split on me as it is softer metal because it in made to form to shape when installed. Lowes or HD.
    Old Guy in Alabama

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    Default Re: Alternative roofing materials?

    I'm going to try some roll asphalt roofing. I know that many will say that heat will be an issue, but I'm going to try...

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    Default Re: Alternative roofing materials?

    Rubber roofing. Locate a commercial roofer & buy some of his scraps. 50 yr remedy. lauan, 1/2" insulation board, luaun covered w/rubber. make certain to ventilate against moisture buildup.
    Rmns 1:16/Prv.3:5,6/ Beegan BK May 09/ Zone 5b
    I have NOT failed. I have only found many many ways that do not work!

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    Question Question on the painting approach

    Those of you who use paint (fishstix, AmericasBeekeeper), what material do you use for your tops? Exterior sheeting - 3/4", 1/2", or 3/8"?

    And, when you paint it, what do you use there? One coat primer, and two coats exterior latex paint?

    I presently use the 20" aluminum flashing, and have had no problems, but I might be tempted to just paint the tops if it holds up sufficiently.

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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    See your other thread above.

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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    All my tops are either full inch thick cypress or 3/4 exterior plywood, either with a coat of primer and 2 coats of exterior latex.
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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    A popular flat cover around here is a few wood shingles on each side of a piece of roll roofing or 30# felt and nailed together.

    I suppose roll roofing would work for a cover. I've used scraps of rubber roofing.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    I us, used printing plates from local printers.... they come in many sizes... works great, and are cheap.... mostly free...

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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    I use marine epoxy fiberglass resin.

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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/v...rmBox007-1.jpg

    I think it is called fire and ice. I used for the cover on this hive and have been using it for the wrap on my first hive below.

    http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/v...eb14-11005.jpg

    It is about 1/8 thick and has a dimpled surface. I figured heat was a good thing up here and I can always prop the cover if I see bearding.
    Brian Cardinal
    Zone 5a, Practicing non-intervention beekeeping

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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    I collect election signs (by permission!) and use them as the top of the hive. Corrugated plastic is pretty nice stuff for lids. The signs where the cells run top to bottom (usually with H frame legs) I prefer. A piece of OSB and a slat of sign is a pretty good cheap lid.
    http://www.voiceofthehive.com - Tales of Beekeeping and Honeybees

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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    Quote Originally Posted by tchekote View Post
    I us, used printing plates from local printers.... they come in many sizes... works great, and are cheap.... mostly free...
    What kind of printing plates do you mean? Are they sheets of copper? I'm only familiar with lead or rubber printing plates.

    Thanks for all the ideas everybody.
    Ben M.

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    Default Re: Question on the painting approach

    Quote Originally Posted by tben View Post
    What kind of printing plates do you mean? Are they sheets of copper? I'm only familiar with lead or rubber printing plates.

    Thanks for all the ideas everybody.
    They are made of aluminium wit a special coating for the image. I get mine from the shop I work for. Check local printers, they may even give you some...

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