A roof for the tree house can mean your children get to play in it even in wet weather. Good tree-house roofs are as inexpensive as possible while maintaining safety, keep the elements off and are as lightweight as you can make them. A corrugated plastic cover for the roof of your tree house fits all of these requirements, with the added benefit of creating a dramatic drumming noise when the rain falls heavily.
Things You'll Need
- Filtering face mask
- Safety goggles
- Measuring tape
- Corrugated plastic
- Power saw
- Power drill with screwdriver bits
- Wood screws, 2 inches long
Measure the length and width of the open top of your tree house. If the tree house has an angled top, measure each side individually and follow these instructions twice -- once for each side of the roof.
Cut a corrugated plastic sheet to match the dimensions of the open top of your tree house, plus 1 or 2 inches on each side. This overlap will help protect the walls, windows and doorway. Wear a face mask and safety goggles during this step -- the sawdust from corrugated plastic can be pretty nasty.
Set the plastic sheet on top of the tree house, overlapping it evenly on each side.
Screw the corners of the corrugated plastic onto the top corners of the tree house using wood screws.
Reinforce your roof mounting with a line of wood screws along the top of each wall. Space the screws about 6 inches apart, adjusting spacing if the wall structure is irregular.
Tips & Warnings
- If you're using two corrugated sheets for a peaked roof, you'll need to seal the gap between them at the top. Expanding foam caulk is an inexpensive, if not very attractive, option.
- Exercise all due caution and common sense when working on a tree house that's mounted up in a tree. Use a ladder and, if possible, a safety harness.
- "Step by Step Basic Carpentry"; Ben Allen; 1997
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