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A guide to shed roofing

A guide to shed roofing

18 June 2024

In our latest guide, we look at everything you need to know about shed roofing - why a shed roof needs felting, what happens if you don’t, and what we use here at Sutton Sheds.

What is shed roofing felt?

Shed roofing felt is a waterproof material used to cover the surface of a roof. Manufactured from a coated base layer of either natural or synthetic materials, it acts as a barrier against adverse weather conditions, protecting the shed roof against water ingress and damp.

Benefits and features of roofing felt

  • Protects against moisture penetration while still enabling proper ventilation, reducing mould growth.
  • Durable and long lasting, with an average lifespan of 10-15 years.
  • Flexible and waterproof.
  • Does not need specialist installation and repairs can be carried out easily.
  • Cost effective and resilient.
  • User-friendly – easy to work with and install.
  • Roofing felt is an excellent insulator.
  • Very little wastage as it can be cut easily to size.

How to maintain shed roofing felt

At Sutton Sheds, our roofing felt has a life expectancy of 10-15 years, but with the correct, regular care, it could last even longer. The following steps will help you to prolong the life of your roof felt:

Carry our regular inspections of the shed roof – ideally, you should check the roof at least every year. This will allow you to spot any potential areas that need addressing straight away, before they become costly repairs to be carried out. 

Check the roof after bad weather – whenever your shed has been exposed to intense weather – both wet and dry – check the roof. Intense heat may cause the felt to dry out and crack, while heavy rainfall and storms may damage the felt. Also check for pools of water after extensive rainfall, which could be an indication of drainage problems which could lead to leaks.

Never walk on your shed roof – apart from the safety aspect, walking on your shed roof will quickly damage the surface of the felt.

Understanding when it is time to replace the felt

It’s important not just to carry out regular checks on your shed roof, but also to recognise when it’s time to replace the roofing felt! Be vigilant and look for the following:

Cracking felt – over time, roofing felt can harden and develop cracks.

Pooling of water – where water sits on a shed roof, cracking of the felt can occur. In turn, where water is able to penetrate the felt through the cracks, rotting of the roof can occur which may necessitate replacing the entire roof.

Moss, mildew and algae – these could indicate water collecting on the roof. If left unchecked, the water will cause the damage as described above.

Shed roofing from Sutton Sheds

At Sutton Sheds, all our wooden pent sheds, apex sheds and garden structures are manufactured by hand using tongue and grooved matching redwood or tongue and grooved loglap redwood. They are topped with roofs of tongue and grooved matching, which are finished with a 20kg quality polyester felt, that has been coated with a protective layer of asphalt.

Sheds in Lincolnshire from Sutton Sheds

If you think your shed has come to the end of its life and you are looking for a replacement, we are a family-run business based in Lincolnshire, offering hand-crafted, high quality wooden pent sheds and apex sheds. Using only high grade timber, we make all of our products to order, and can also design a custom build should our standard models not quite tick every box for you. To find out more contact us by phone on 01526 342777 or email us today.


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