Storms can batter roofs along their path. The strong winds and heavy rains can result in heavy damage. Owners will simply have to deal with the aftermath by making repairs. For sheds, felts are the most common form of roofing. It makes sense to start fresh and install a new layer. There are professional grade products that are used by contractors for large-scale projects. There are also roofing felts that anyone can obtain in their local hardware store or favorite online shop for DIY installations. Below are some of the examples of what to look for when choosing roofing felt for sheds:
First will be durability since you want your new roof to last for a long while. There’s a good chance that the storm you have experienced will not be the last of the season. You should try to get a roofing felt that is known for its durability. For instance, it should have a base that is strong yet flexible to allow for surface expansion and contraction depending on the temperature. It should be resistant to tears so that the wind won’t wreak havoc when it blows through the roof. It should also be able to resist moisture so that it doesn’t degrade even after prolonged exposure to rain.
One of the best ways to make sure that you are getting good value for your money is to check the product’s life expectancy and warranty. As much as possible, go for the felts that are known to last for many years. Some might be rated for 5 years which is pretty decent and should be the minimum for your shed. Other may be able to serve you a lot longer thanks to improved materials and manufacturing technologies. You can get a decade out of some of them. Storms can come and go without any worries since your roof is highly protected. There are even products that promise up to 15 years of service.
If you plan on going to your local hardware store, then you will actually be able to check the products up-close and see the difference between each type. This is much better than relying on a list of online features if you are not familiar with what these translate to in real life. For example, you can try to examine each roll and feel the difference between their weights. The rule of thumb is that the heavier felt is generally better than lighter ones. There are more materials packed into them. Cheap ones are able to be sold at bargain prices because the manufacturers skimp on materials.
See how much you can spare for this project and try to buy the most expensive one that you can afford. Of course, this is not a hard and fast rule. You should check with the sales reps regarding the specific purpose of each roll and some are better for sheds than others. You do usually get what you pay for. Be sure that you read reviews if available so that you can learn what to look for when choosing roofing felt for sheds from others’ experiences.
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