Seal the roof on a tree house

The sealing fulfills two essential functions for a tree house. It protects both the ground, the interior walls and in the house items as well as users against acute weather conditions such as rain and sunshine. We thoroughly and expensive the roof must be sealed depends heavily on the type of use.

What should the roof protect how strong?

Tree houses range from extended and open play houses to closed constructions with the opportunity to live in them. Accordingly, the bandwidth is entitled to a dense roof. While the roof of a playhouse is only supposed to keep out rain and sunshine, the tree house has additional insulating properties for living.

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To a certain extent, the materials can be planned from purely natural building materials. For many tree house builders, it is important to consistently avoid oily products such as bitumen and plastics such as foils and sealants. Some tips and tricks can be copied from other building culture groups who have experience with natural sealants.

Natural materials and metal

Roofing can be in the form of panels, with shingles or strips. Wood and sheet metal are suitable as materials. Sheet metal makes loud noises when it rains, which can disturb both the tree house owner and neighbors.

Wood has the disadvantage that it can rot. In general, the following factors help to construct a rainproof roof using only natural materials:

  • A high angle of inclination or gradient influences the running speed
  • Joints between roof battens are covered and countered with halved round timber
  • Slats or shingles are generously placed at right angles, overlapping downwards

Artificial sealants and materials

Bitumen is also suitable as a paint to seal and seal wood and joints. Foils can be stretched from the outside as well as from the inside and are fixed with narrow strips. The following types of film are suitable:

  • Pond liner
  • Roofing membrane
  • Vapor barrier

The stapling carries the risk of the foil tearing off. There can be good services in a basic fixation, but should then be supplemented with retaining bars.

Tips & Tricks Try to realize a roof pitch of at least fifty degrees. That's enough to drive water and snow quickly and reliably and saves sealing effort.