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    Default Roofing on Migratory Covers

    Any suggestions for water proofing migratory covers? I just patched some with torch down roofing which worked pretty well. Is there another material that would follow the contours and be easy to apply?

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    This may sound silly, but what about wood glue or liquid nails?
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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    Quote Originally Posted by TalonRedding View Post
    This may sound silly, but what about wood glue or liquid nails?
    Wait......are you sealing cracks, or weather proofing the boards?
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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    I have used a peel and stick foundation waterproofing membrane called bituthene which is kind of like torch down roofing, except you don't need to torch it. You do need to staple the edges though. It works great, but it's not cheap. Easy to apply though.
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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    I want to seal the whole top. How about roofing paint?

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Henry-4-7...871/100051140#

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    I like the elasticity of the snow roof. I'd say either one will work fine. Lol... I'd go with the cheapest.
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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    Ice shield, it's pill and stick pull it over the edge and staple. The down side it is black.

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    I get my tops dipped in wax paraffin resin mixture

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    I use what a lot of folks use for their telescoping covers, aluminium coil stock. Pretty cheap and easy and very long lasting. Takes me about 10 minutes to cut, fold, and tack in place. I've done about a dozen from a partial roll I picked up free.

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    Quote Originally Posted by odfrank View Post
    I want to seal the whole top. How about roofing paint?

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Henry-4-7...871/100051140#
    Has anyone used this roofing paint on lids??
    If so how durable is it?
    Is it posion ous to bees?
    Mike
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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    I use white 45 mil TPO roofing. Comes in rolls and it's very flexible. I fold the edges over and staple it to the sides leaving a little overhang. Cost about 50 cents a square foot, lasts 20 years. Doesn't get as cold or hot as metal.



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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    I have been using a white non fibered elasto-meric on my lids over 15 years DON'T go cheap use the good stuff!
    David
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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    David-
    Are you talking about the EDPM rubber or TPO like Mr. Semple above? Or something else??

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    It's a liquid elastomeric that comes in 5gallon bucket. I buy mine a lowes. I get the 10 year.
    David
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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    David I've been considering using liquid elastomeric on a few hives to try it. Do you apply directly to bare wood or do you paint them first?

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    Quote Originally Posted by davidsbees View Post
    It's a liquid elastomeric that comes in 5gallon bucket. I buy mine a lowes. I get the 10 year.
    Big price difference in different kinds. Can you give us an exact spec?

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    I dip all my boxes in hot (200+) linseed oil and pine rosin so moisture won't push through and bubble under the top coat. image.jpg
    David
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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    Back when two of my sons were doing rubber roofing, I used the scraps. They were nice, but expensive if you have to buy them. You might find them in the dumpster where you see a big roofing project on a flat roof, though.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Roofing on Migratory Covers

    A piece of unfinished 3/4" plywood will last almost indefinitely on top of a hive in this area.

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