When it comes to garden sheds, if you want weatherproof storage you need to make sure that the roof and felt is in good condition as 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 if you have an older shed, why not replace the felt and stop any chance of leaking.

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 thickness’s. Most are made from bitumen and a concoction of other minerals and is usually finished with a green or black colour.

We recommend that you go for a Bitumin composition as they last longer and depending on price you will see up to 15 years protection from the frequent harsh weather that Britain sees.

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. Depending on your budget will see which felt you go for but we recommend spending an acceptable amount on the felt as it is a long term investment that protects your shed.

Fitting felt to the 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.

  1. 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.
  2. Inspect the timber roof, treat the roof with a wood preservative if looking a little worse for wear.
  3. Clean the timber from any debris or splinters, cover any parts with thin MDF or plywood.
  4. 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 stores. This involves you laying down an adhesive first which you then lay the felt over. We recommend the adhesive as it removes the need for nailing down the roof which can always cause minor leaks themselves.

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 felt to your shed roof take a look at our video below.