A popular choice
Felt is a common and popular choice for flat roofs and sheds, and with a range of advantages, this is not surprising. Professional advice and installation will help it withstand the elements and increase its longevity.
Used for over 100 years
Felt roofing has been used for over 100 years and is ideal for smaller roofs or to protect garden sheds and outbuildings. Made from a mixture of ingredients including sand, fibrous membrane and bitumen, there are a few varieties that can be applied in two different ways. Which one we recommend will depend on the size and type of your project. A good quality felt, professionally applied and well-maintained, can last up to 30 years.
Advantages of using felt
The advantages of using felt for your roof are:
It’s cost-effective – costs can vary depending on the type of felt you use, and the method of application.
Requires little maintenance – just keep it clear of leaves and debris, and fix any leaks as soon as possible.
Many roof felts can be recycled at the end of their lifespan.
It’s easy to repair –minor damage can be addressed using sealant and weatherproof paint.
Other options to consider
Although felt roofs have many advantages, it is not as durable as many other roofing options, and is likely to require more repair work and eventual replacement. Although it is easy to repair, the repairs can make it look scruffy over time and reduce its aesthetic appeal. Sunlight causes the oils in the felt to dry out, causing it to become brittle and lose its ability to expand and contract with temperature fluctuations.