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What should I use to re-roof my shed roof?

Time to refresh your shed roof? We’ve compiled some information on each type of material we recommend for your roof, so that you can make the right decision on how it looks and performs in the future. Shed roof felt is the most common material. However, there are others that you may not have considered. These include shingle strips and lightweight roof tile strips. Installing these alternative shed roof materials can make your shed or outdoor building a good-looking talking point of which you will be proud.

Which material can I use for my shed roof?

Sturdy, waterproof materials are the best for use on a shed or garden building. Here at Roofing Superstore we’d recommend using felt, bitumen sheets or shingles, plastic tiles or wood shingles to secure an attractive, long-term waterproof roof.

Transparent or translucent plastic roof sheets are a good choice for lean-tos and some outdoor buildings. However, you would see the board on the other side of the plastic when fixed to a shed roof, so we don’t generally recommend this.

Shed roof felt

Shed felt is one of the easiest materials to fit to a shed roof. It can be done by anybody with a bit of DIY experience. When installing felt correctly on a roof, you can achieve a waterproof membrane that fits seamlessly with the surroundings or stands out, dependent on the colour of felt you choose. Installation can be as simple as removing the previous substrate and the fixings that accompany it, then rolling out the felt to the length and fixing it into place with nails.

Roof shingles for shed roofs

Shingles are also a great option for shed roofs, as they offer an inexpensive, good-looking finish. With many colours and textures to choose from, both bitumen shingles and wood cedar shingles can finish your shed roof to a high standard. Felt shingles will fit any shed roof with a pitch of 15º or more and don’t require any maintenance. The same applies to cedar shingles, suited to a 14º to 90º pitch. However, they give an authentic wood finish that would complement a traditional looking shed.

Bitumen roof sheets

Both Coroline and Onduline bitumen roof sheets are strong and long-lasting, making them a perfect fit any shed roof. The large panels are available in red, green, black and brown, and when installed correctly are guaranteed to be waterproof for 15 years. All you need to fix these to your shed roof are nails, caps and washers, minimising installation time.

Plastic roof tiles

In strips of tiles for easier and faster installation, lightweight roof tiles are made from part-recycled plastic and weight just 6kg per m2. The fact that they’re so lightweight means they’re easier to handle when placing them on your shed roof, and the shed itself doesn’t need to hold unnecessary weight on the roof. The tiles simply slot together to form an authentic looking tiled finish.

If you’d like more information on what products are available to re-roof your shed roof, contact our friendly advisers on 01752 692 760 or use the live chat function in the bottom right-hand corner of the website.


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