Most garden sheds today act as storage for much more than a few garden supplies. With power tools, family bikes, and sports equipment the contents of the average shed are worth £1,000. One in 10 sheds has more than £5,000 worth of kit! The most important element is the roof – a leaking roof can go unnoticed through the winter, allowing water to seep into everything, giving owner a nasty shock when they open it up in the spring. Luckily, fitting a new roof is easy using modern materials with the latest technology.
Problems with shed roofs usually arise when the roofing felt has come to the end of its useful life. Exposed to sun, rain and frost, felt can become brittle, peel and crack, letting in water which can cause problems with rust and mould. But it’s simple enough to repair and with the right choice of materials a shed can be made secure and waterproof for many years.
The most important element in a successful repair is the roofing felt but performance can vary enormously. IKO Shed Felt, from roofing and waterproofing manufacturer IKO PLC, for example, is an economical fibre-based roofing felt finished with a fine green, red or black slate. It’s used to waterproof and protect a variety of common buildings such as sheds, summerhouses, kennels and hutches. Available in 1m x 8m and 1m x 10m rolls, this traditional felt has a 5 year lifespan and can be found at all good builders merchants.
For homeowners who want a more professional look and who want to spend less time on maintenance, IKO Super Shed felt is a much longer-lasting polyester reinforced felt with a green or black mineral finish. Available in the same roll sizes, it’s a robust waterproofing membrane expected to last to up to 15 years.
IKO PLC has produced a step-by-step guide, outlining the tools and materials needed to apply bituminous roofing felt. It’s easy to follow and can be seen at https://youtu.be/q9KdIQZX1fs.