Plastic roofing

Hi,

We have a small enclosed attachment on the side of our house which is covered with a plastic corrugated roof supported by wooden beams. It’s in poor condition so needs to be replaced.

Besides the corrugated plastic, does anyone know what other kinds of economical roofing material would be suitable for this?

Must haves include:

  • transparent to let more light in
  • able to support snow and ice in the winter (and possibly someone walking on top)

Nice to have:

  • some way to ventilate it in summer (instead of trapping heat like a greenhouse)
  • insulate in winter
  • scratch-resistant

Thanks for any advice or suggestions!

Helen

[quote=“helen33”]Hi,

We have a small enclosed attachment on the side of our house which is covered with a plastic corrugated roof supported by wooden beams. It’s in poor condition so needs to be replaced.

Besides the corrugated plastic, does anyone know what other kinds of economical roofing material would be suitable for this?

Must haves include:

  • transparent to let more light in
  • able to support snow and ice in the winter (and possibly someone walking on top)

Nice to have:

  • some way to ventilate it in summer (instead of trapping heat like a greenhouse)
  • insulate in winter
  • scratch-resistant

Thanks for any advice or suggestions!

Helen[/quote]

I don’t know of any quality roofing products that fit within those parameters.

I suppose it is asking for too much. Well the main point is for it to let light in and be able to support ice and snow. What decent options are there?

Could plexiglass be an option? Or is it too heavy, bendable, or scratable?

Could ventilation be built into the structure somehow, perhaps through gaps on the side like a soffit? Or are there roof vents that would be appropriate here? Has anyone done this before?

Its the home depot way axiom. Tear off charge for a real roof that meets code. enough said.

Is it big enough to shingle and put a skylight?

Well based on first message what you have will not fit the bill. it will not insulate. since your in a snow belt since you said snow, an r value of r-49 is needed to properly insulate the room. 2 plastic has zero of the above specs.

1 thing is you get what you pay for. I would have it framed so you can insulate it and put in a bubble skylight or 2.

Do it right our your going to have to do it again. You can not have what you are asking to meet building code. What you have is home depot idiots selling you stuff thats why they are there. Shingle it and add 2 bubble skylights, insulate and you can even use a drop ceiling to cover the weight of the insulation and go around your bubble skylights they are anywhere from 400 to 800 installed depending on level of difficulty and setup.

Maybe I should have mentioned that the enclosed space is more for exterior use. It contains a set of stairs leading down to the basement entrance, and also the walls (between the enclosure and interior) have a door to the ground floor (like back door) and two windows (that’s why we need it to let in sunlight).

The exterior wall has a door and a panel of windows spanning the wall up to the roof.

The floor is concrete.

What kind of roof treatment is best here?

got a pic?