When deciding on a stable roofing medium, the usual options are wood or metal. So which is the best choice?
One advantage of wood over metal is that it can be quieter during hail or heavy rain, making it less stressful for livestock. However, during very windy weather, wooden roof tiles can easily be dislodged and start flapping, creating a lot of noise. Metal roofing sheets are much more secure and less likely to be lifted by strong winds.
Insulation and Fire Proofing
Although wood is a good insulator, it is also a fire hazard. This is of particular concern when animals are being kept in a building that has a wooden roof. Metal roofing is much more fire-resistant and it can also offer a degree of insulation, keeping your stables warm in winter and cooler in summer.
Ease of Maintenance
Wood needs regular maintenance in order to keep it sound and looking tidy. Metal stable roofing won’t rot and doesn’t need a lot of upkeep, making it a much less labour-intensive option than wood. Wooden roofing is also prone to being chewed by horses, but metal won’t be touched.
Building stables is an expensive venture and you want your investment to last as long as possible before it will need replacement. Metal roof sheets will last longer than wooden tiles and are much stronger, withstanding years of weathering without damage.
Horse Health Considerations
Horses are prone to a number of health conditions that are directly related to their stable environment. Ring worm is a skin disease caused by a fungus that can remain dormant in wooden stable roofing for many years before becoming active when the spores drop down onto a horse below. However, ring worm cannot live in metal.
In addition, it can be difficult to provide adequate ventilation for stables with wooden roofing, and this can lead to respiratory problems for horses. Metal roofing can be designed with side vents to allow a good air flow, preventing accumulations of harmful dust and hay spores.