Covered Round Pens
On this page we show images of round pen construction and how to build a covered
round pen utilizing open rafter technique and steel supporting perimeter band.
The key to build a covered round pen with open rafters is the use of specially designed
band that holds all LVL rafters in place and prevents the roof and posts from
spreading apart. You will need to hire an engineer to design this band and all of the brackets needed to attach LVL rafters to posts
and the center piece.
Image of the main roof supporting "Perimeter Steel Band" and brackets being
installed. Everything is bolted together to provide support for roof
rafters and to keep the roof from spreading apart.
In addition to the "Perimeter Steel Band", you'll also need to design "Center Upper Band" similar to what's shown on this image. This steel band has double
plates welded to hold each individual LVL rafter. Once both, Perimeter and
Upper bands are in place and bolted to LVL's, you will have very sturdy
roof. Size of LVL rafters will vary and will depend on your local snow
load and the overall size of building. An engineer must be hired to properly
design the building.