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Hole in Shed Roof Felt (picture included) - Help needed!

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by RainbowWrighty, 7 May 2013.

  1. RainbowWrighty

    RainbowWrighty

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    Hi,

    I have a hole in my shed roof. It's about 15cm long right on the ridge where the birds land.


    I need some advice on the best way to fix this. Do I patch just this area or should I cap the entire length of the ridge with new felt? The length of the ridge is 12ft.

    Also, do I need to use adhesive as well as clout nails for the new felt or would just adhesive be sufficient?

    You may notice that there is a hollow space under the existing felt on the ridge - should I add a strip of plywood under the new felt to prevent sagging?

    Any help appreciated, I've never done a job like this before.

    Thanks in advance

    Ade
     
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  3. Burnerman

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    Not a difficult repair, and at least its warm for felt to fold!
    So - either patch the hole, or preferably reinforce the whole ridge as it does look a little moth eaten......you can easily use a cold bond felt adhesive for this and there's no real need to reinforce whats underneath.
    Another alternative is to use a product such as Flashband which is like a thin lead substitute which is self adhesive.
    John :)
     
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    The felts had it.
    I'd rip the whole felt off, inspect/repair the timber, then re-felt.

    Don't waste your time and money bodging it. It's knackered. Rotten as a pear.
     
  5. RainbowWrighty

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    Thanks for the replies guys, will let you know how I get on.
     
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    I find those gaps in the apex are a usual place to have felt wear out. I stuck a half round piece of gutter over mine (upside down) to provide suport for the felt.
     
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  7. RainbowWrighty

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    Good idea on the gutter - hadn't thought of that. :)
     
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    the shed is badly put together
    the roof should have been slid up until both halves could be screwed together
    i would try and get some timber in the gap and screw it in both sides between panels to help stop the ripping through lack off support and movement
     
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    It was "professionally" installed by the firm who supplied it. At 12ftx10ft, it was beyond my shed building skills :unsure:

    Ade
     
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    do the timbers forming the apex on the roof touch or is there a gap ??
    there will always be a gap at the top because of the angle but the bottom edges should touch
    in general the slots the roof sections hang are over sized needing packing out to move the roof halves together to give strength and rigidity
     
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    From what I could see when I got up there to inspect it, the timbers meet at the bottom edges.
     
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    if you still have a big gap at the top you have a few choices to support the felt

    2x2" treated in a diamond orientation or 2x1" treated to form a ridge or what ever actual size fits in
    or a spare bit off felt rolled up [several layers] to form a sausage to fill the gap then have at least 3 individual layers off felt covering the area
    this can be felt overlapped from one side then the other finished up with a /\ bit on top

    as an aside
    if the felt is more than 2 or 3 years old it needs replacing in the next year or so
     
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    Is that a standard lifespan or just in this particular case of you not expecting it to last that much longer?
     
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    you may get 5/6/7 years
    weather cats snow wind roof angle all effect how long thin shed felt will last
     
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  16. RainbowWrighty

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    Just a note guys to tell you I successfully replaced the ridge felt this weekend, fairly straight forward even for a roofing noob like me. The only thing I could have done better is neater application of felt adhesive - it ran in a few places but I can live with that.

    I even conquered my fear of heights :D

    Thanks for all the replies.
    (Fitting the end panels back on next weekend)
     
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    Tsk! Didn't your Mum tell you always to buy double the amount of net for the window so that it hangs nicely folded?

    Shed standards are slipping.
     
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