New for 2020, this curved roof is engineered to provide benefits you rarely find in top covers: ventilation, mold resistance, and dry-feeding room.
Screened Ventilation: At the peak of the cover are ventilation slots on both ends. This helps ventilation in the hot summer months, and helps dissipate moisture build up in the cool and wet months. Since this roof material does not absorb moisture (moisture = mold), ventilation is particularly helpful.
Feeding Space: The combination of the curved roof and a strengthening internal ridge (see images) creates a perfect space for feeding fondant, drivert sugar, and pollen patties.
Moisture Management: The slope of the curved roof naturally sheds water away from the hive. It is made of a polymetal material that, unlike traditional telescoping covers made of plywood and metal, does not absorb moisture inside the hive. This attribute eliminates mold that typically builds up on the underside of the plywood panel of standard telescoping covers. However, there is no free lunch. The moisture has to go somewhere. Some of the moisture will dissipate out the ventilation slots, but a strong hive produces a lot of moisture, so you should plan on using a Vivaldi Board™️ to help manage the moisture.
Designed and manufactured in the USA: This product is designed to handle the wet winters and hot summers of western Oregon. We manufacture it from premium pine in Oregon. All joints are glued and stapled to increase strength. The polymetal roof is secured to the frame with stainless steel screws.