Implementing a strategy on roofing your shed not only makes your blueprints enticing to work on, but also helps to complete it without any problems. So let’s take a look at what roofing felt is, its advantages and how to put it together seamlessly.
A felt shed roof is designed to prevent seepage into your outbuilding and it is simply a layer of asphalt saturated paper embedded within the roof shingles. If you’re wondering if a felt roofs are common, the answer is no! It is crucial to use felt if your roof is constructed with shingles, wood or asphalt.
Before you begin rolling the felt, there are some critical factors to keep in mind that will help you maintain, choose and repair the material.
Roofing felt (or saturated cardboard) is infused with tar and bituminous coal and accented with sand and other abrasives, to make sure the material rolls out without sticking to itself. The felt is placed in a single layer below the shingles, considering it isn’t compatible with the elements of Mother Nature. The thickness of the material may vary and is available in an array of dimensions that can be customized to suit your needs.
Always have more felt than the required amount. The most common roofing felts weigh around 15 to 30 pounds, are about 3 foot wide and 150 or 300 feet long.
Now that you’ve secured your outbuilding with a felt shed roof, its time you learn how to troubleshoot any shortcomings that may occur! Damp spots are the first indication of a failed felt shed roof and can occur when the material becomes porous and as a result lets moisture through. This aspect can be avoided with regular maintenance that must be performed upon first glance.
Some of the other symptoms of a tampered felt shed roof are cracks or discoloration and while patching is the common solution, you may need a major overhaul if needed regularly. It is best to get a professional opinion if you find yourself often in these dilemmas.
Now the part you’ve been anticipating, installation techniques! Since the felt is spread over the sheathing, it must be dry and free from any moisture and dust particles. Air bubbles in any component of construction are no good, especially when laying your felt roof. This results in instability and instances, where the roof fails to become impermeable, which defies its purpose.
Take your time with each layer because impatience will simply lead to an array of unavoidable mistakes and higher costs. The strips of felt must be overlapped in order for it to work its best and does require more material and attention.
Building a felt shed roof is a great do it yourself project, but should be attempted without cutting corners!