Which is the best shed felt to use?
Posted: January 13, 2017
If you want your shed to provide weatherproof storage, you need to make sure that the roof and felt is in good condition; this is the main defence from the torrential rain that we see all year round.
All sheds these days come with adequate roofing felt, made from mineral compositions or sand. But, over time, the felt can rip or come loose so you will need to replace the felt to prevent leaks.
Traditional Mineral Felt
Why not check out our green mineral garden shed felt?
- It's perfect for protecting and waterproofing shed roofs
- It only requires a single layer application
- Simple to affix to shed roofs - just use clout nails
- The fine finish prevents mineral separation during colder spells
All roofing felt does its job but some felts are much tougher and will last longer. Felt is available in all sorts of colours and thicknesses. Most are made from bitumen and a concoction of other minerals and are usually finished with a green or black colour.
We recommend that you go for a bitumen composition as this lasts longer and, depending on price, you will see up to 15 years protection from the frequent harsh weather that Britain has to offer.
When looking through all the various felts available at DIY stores, look to see if they are UV stable as this will stop the felt fading and becoming an eyesore in the garden. Your budget will determine which felt you go for but we recommend viewing the purcase as a long term investment that protects your shed.
How to fit felt to a shed roof
When it comes to fitting shed roof felt, the instructions that you were sent with your shed will give detailed guides on how to fit the felt. If not, follow the quick instructions here.
- Remove all old nails using the backside of a hammer until you can pull the felt off with ease. Pulling felt that is still nailed down will lead to you ripping the felt and making more mess.
- Inspect the timber roof, treat the roof with a wood preservative if it's looking a little worse for wear.
- Clean the timber from any debris or splinters, cover any parts with thin MDF or plywood.
- Start from one side and roll the felt over the roof and tack down with nails or high power staple gun.
Other methods include purchasing roof adhesive which can be found next to the felt section in all big DIY stores. This involves you laying down an adhesive first which you then lay the felt over.
Fitting a felt roof is not hard and will take only an hour on average depending on the size of the shed. It’s crucial that you keep the shed felt and roof in good shape because that’s what’s stopping you waking up to damaged storage.
If you want to learn more about adding shed felt, why not take a look at our video below?
New Innovative Shed Roof Membrane
An alternative to mineral shed flet is our SkyGuard roof membrane range. Purchase once and never have to repair your shed roof covering again.
Applied with adhesive, this roof covering will not tear or rip and is UV stabilised so won't crack, blister or peel.
We stock it in a huge array of sizes. To find out more, click here.