Sheds are a great addition to any garden. Not only can they be used as storage for all those garden accessories, but they have a wide variety of other uses too. You can make them a workshop for you to finish all those tasks that need doing, or you could even have a EPDM shed that doubles up as a summer house, ready for you to hide away and read or book or simply relax.
The trouble with sheds is that they need to be durable and able to withstand all the things that the weather can throw at them. Which means that you need to think about how to best protect them. The best place to start has to be with the roof. After all, without a good quality roof, you are going to have a leaky and sub-standard shed.
So with this in mind, we have put together the different choices that you have when it comes to shed roof coverings.
Application of a felt roof
One of the most common choices for a shed roof covering is felt. This is because not only is it cost effective, but it is also incredibly easy to fit too. All you need is to roll out the felt to the right length for your roof and then fix it in place with nails. However, it is important to know that you must get this right, if you do not create a tight seal, then your shed roof won’t be waterproof.
Some types of felt also need hot bitumen, so this should be taken into consideration, particularly if you have a large shed. If this is the case, it may be wise to look for a professional installer, whom works with bituminous substances, as these can be hazardous.
Corrugated sheet metal roofing
This particular variety of roof material is most commonly used in commercial sheds, however that doesn’t mean that it won’t work just as well in a domestic shed. Whilst it is a relatively complicated material to install, if you are a dab hand at DIY this may not be a problem for you. It is a common misconception that this type of material has a longer life than others. However, the durability of this roof will really depend on the weather and climate that you live in.
EPDM rubber roof membrane
EPDM is well known for covering the roofs on buildings, however, it is becoming much more commonplace for EPDM to be chosen for shed roofs too. They are not only suitable for flat roofs but those that are pitched too. EPDM is easy to install, however, unlike felt, it is designed to last for a considerable amount of time, with some installations expected to last as long as 50 years.
EPDM is ideal for DIY shed roofing, using only a few tools, water-based adhesives and the rubber membrane is laid in a single sheet with no joins.
EPDM rubber roofing is also available in kit-form, designed to make DIY installation easy.
Another common roofing material that people may choose for their shed is roofing shingles. Roofing shingles are installed by overlapping each other and need to be started right from the bottom of your roof and then worked up. They come in a variety of materials, including bitumen and wood cedar. Ideal if you are not sure what type of look you are looking to achieve, although can be tricky to install.
As you can see, there are so many different roofs that you can choose from for your shed. Which one you go for will entirely depend on your own level of skill as well as the end result that you are hoping to achieve.