The Roof

To decide what kind of roof you want to make for your hive, you want to consider your local climate conditions.

If you live in a place where it’s rather warm or temperate and you receive little rainfall, a flat roof is appropriate.

If you live in a place where you get a lot of rain, you probably want to consider a gable roof with an overhang.

If you live in a place with extreme cold, think about making a Warré-style quilt with a gable roof.

At any rate here are a few designs to get you thinking.

The Original Flat Design:

Simple flat roof


This roof can be built with six 1″ x 4″ boards.   Cut the boards so that they are 62 cm. long.  Nail them directly to the top super.

Flat Roof Design with Overhang:   

This design is somewhat reminiscent of a Langstroth roof and is commonly used throughout central Chile.    A tarp or other impermeable material can be attached to the exterior of the roof if you like.

Gable Roof

This may take a bit more time to make, but if you’re in a corner of the world where you see more rain than sun, it’s a good option.

You can put a cover board or cloth between the top super and the roof if you wish, but most of the time it shouldn’t be necessary.

The exception is if you place a small swarm in the hive;  because it is weak it may try to make the brood in a smaller higher space – like the roof.

Making a Gable Roof in Images




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