Tar paper

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  1. suelandress

    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    Is tar paper water proof? They sell it under roofing stuff....we actually want to use it as siding on a chick coop.....
     
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    MELOC Master Of My Domain

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    there is the under-layment tar paper and grit paper. i would use grit paper as the tar paper seems rather flimsy these days. the wind would probably rip it apart.
     

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    suelandress Windy Island Acres Supporter

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    Is the grit paper water proof?
     
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    TNHermit Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Look for 90lb felt or roll roofing. 15lb and 30lb felt won't last long as siding for chicken coop. Its to flimsy to be left on its own.
     
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    buy busted bundles of roofing shingles, start at the bottom and shingle like a roof. our roof supply place sells busted bundles for 5 bucks.100 sq. for 15 bucks, thirty year warranty to boot.
     
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    Well really the tar paper is what is the water proof stuff on roofs. The shingles are there to protect the tar paper from wind and other things in nature.
    If you just used tar paper on your coop it would not last all that long before it started to break down. It is really called felt by the way instead of paper. Anyway I suggest that you use the granule-covered roofing felt. That has little rocks on it like a gravel roof that protects the felt from the elements and should last a long time. And like someone always said make sure to use a roofing style nail instead of just any nail. You can tell them apart from other nails by their extra large head on them.
    When your nailing it up do not drive the nails in to hard that they tear into the felt. Just snug them up good and tight so that they press the felt to what ever it is your putting it in. If they tear into the felt not only can it leak but the felt will just tear threw and leave a hole.