How To Felt A Shed Roof!

Felting a shed roof can seem like a daunting task if you haven't done it before, however, it's relatively straight forward. It's a tiresome but vital job to ensure your shed roof is protected, and your contents are safe. To help you out we've made a step-by-step guide on how to quickly, and easily, felt your roof.

Before you start climbing that ladder please spare a moment to read our safety guide to keep yourself safe.

You'll need a couple of things before you can start felting your roof:

  • A Step Ladder
  • Hammer
  • Felt Nails
  • Wood Nails
  • Paint Brush
  • Felt Adhesive
  • Tape Measure
  • Craft Knife

Step 1: Remove the old felt from your shed roof if you have any. Old felt can be removed with a knife and scraper, and the wood deck removed with crowbar and hammer. Sometimes its easier to remove the two together, keep the wood deck to one side for reuse.

Step 2: Measure how much felt you need. You'll need enough felt to cover the entire area of the roof with a little extra on each edge (around 5cm, refer to the manufacturer for exact measurements), you'll also need around 7.5cm extra for gable ends. For most sheds, you'll need to cut the felt into 3 pieces: 1 for each side of the roof, and another for the ridge.

Step 3: laying the felt down: Start with the side pieces of felt, as you start to lay down the felt ensure to pull tight to get the best fit. Nail at 10cm intervals along the length of the roof just below the apex. Then nail along the bottom edges of the roof, these can be laid at wider intervals around 30cm. Once you've laid the side panels apply the felt adhesive to the ridge of the roof with a paint brush and lay the last piece of felt, then nail at the lower edge at 5cm intervals.

Step 4: Tidy the overhangs: Final step, Tidy up the overhang at each corner by folding it down and nailing it securely. Use your craft knife to cut a slit in the felt overhang at the apex of the roof, then fold the felt down there and nail securely at 10cm intervals along the gable. You can then re-attach fascia boards to keep your shed looking smart by hiding the folded over roofing felt at each gable end, using wood nails to secure them in place and your craft knife to trim away any excess material

If you found this helpful leave a comment below, alternatively, if you have any questions regarding your shed roof give us a call on 01295 565565, or contact us here. Or, if you're looking for the right material for your shed roof take a look at our range here.