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Thread: Dog Run / Containment System Roof???

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    Default Dog Run / Containment System Roof???

    I was wondering if anyone on here has a dog run or similar that they have put a roof on? And if so what type of roof?

    I have 2 6 x 12 runs and a 6 x 6 run, all have the proper wire roof. I have put different types of tarps up as a weather protector on the roof (even a $260 boat tarp) and the rain still gets through. This is very troublesome as both my dogs are escape artists so cannot be let out of the run unless I am home, but if I am not home and it rains then they only have the dog house as cover. I did think about putting a shed in there but it will take up to much leg space.

    So if anyone can think of how to fix this, PLEASE help. ALL suggestions will be considered!

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    Hi Cate. It depends a little on the frame structure of your existing pen. If it is strong enough I'd recommend a proper roof - colourbond or similar on a timber frame.

    If your run isn't strong enough to hold up a heavier roof like this maybe you can build an extra frame - similar to a carport - and suspend the roof over the top of the run.

    Otherwise a cheaper alternative is the plastic igloo type kennels. But the dogs will still get wet when they go out to toilet etc.

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    I did think of the colourbond and will go that way ........but hoping for something a hell of a lot cheaper! Thanks Nattylou.

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    Cate, if you have any salvage yards around where you live, they usually sell corrugated iron (coloured too) at a much more discounted rate than buying new from roofing centres or hardware stores. Perhaps check in your local yellow pages?

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    alot of people, when they redo their house roofs or take down sheds will have their iron and give/sell ...
    we have adopted iron this way, you'd have to ask around...

    i find those large blue plastic car tarps work really well for us though, i use that for our outside dogs....much to my dads disgust in the morning when the dog will run off with it across the yard X
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    Please excuse a total DIY disaster person - but how would I attach the iron the the roof?

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    You would still need a timber or steel frame to bolt it into. Don't use nails to secure iron or it will lift off in strong wind.
    A frame doesn't have to be hugely heavy but it also has to withstand wind. The last thing you want is a piece of iron blowing down on your dogs! The edges are sharp!

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    Totally agree with not wanting it to blow off!!!

    I really am tying to get away from a permanent structure (only to be painful of course!). I really am looking for something that can be attached easily and taken off if needed and be reattached when needed.

    But of course will go with either the iron or colourbond (or carport, which was my other idea) if there are no other options.

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    we had one of those carports that can be taken down.
    we had to put it together
    .. bought one from supercheap, it was made up from poles that can be taken of eachother and the top/cover could easily be taken off the poles..was attached with those string pull elastic thingos with the bobs on the end with the push in button to tighten loosen....im sure they have a real name ,.. .was really good......

    til it got a leaaaak . .
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    The leak part is what worries me .

    Was it any good in the wind?

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