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Shed Felt vs Shingles: Which is the better roofing material for your shed?

Shed Felt vs Shingles: Which is the better roofing material for your shed?

Shed Felt vs. Shingles: Which is the Better Roofing Material for Your Shed?

When it comes to roofing options for your shed or gazebo, choosing between shed felt and shingles can be a tough decision. Both materials have their pros and cons, and your choice will depend on several factors, including budget, climate, and personal preference. In this blog, we’ll take a closer look at shed felt and shingles to help you determine which is better for your shed.

Shed Felt Pros and Cons:

Shed Felt

Shed felt is a type of roofing material that is made from a base material, such as polyester or fiberglass, which is then coated with bitumen or asphalt. Shed felt is available in different grades, with the higher grades offering greater durability and longer lifespan.


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Affordable: Shed felt is one of the most budget-friendly roofing options available, making it an attractive choice for those on a tight budget.

Easy to install: Shed felt is easy to install, and many people choose to install it themselves, saving money on installation costs. You can see how easy shed felt is to install in our instruction video by clicking here

Good for flat or low-sloped roofs: Shed felt is a good choice for flat or low-sloped roofs, as it can be easily rolled out and cut to fit.


Not as durable: Some shed felts like a standard grade or economy grade has a shorter lifespan than shingles and may need to be replaced sooner.

Susceptible to damage: Shed felt is susceptible to damage from wind, rain, and hail, which can cause leaks and other issues, however you can prevent this by installing and waterproofing the felt by using felt adhesive when applying your felt to your roof. You can see the range of shed felts we have on offer by clicking here

Limited aesthetic appeal: Shed felt does not offer the same aesthetic appeal as shingles, which may be a consideration for those who want their shed to look more visually appealing.



Shingles are a roofing material made from a variety of materials, including wood, asphalt, and metal. They are available in different shapes, sizes, and colours, allowing homeowners to choose a style that complements their home and personal taste.

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Durable: Shingles are more durable than shed felt and can last up to 50 years, depending on the material and installation.

Good for steep roofs: Shingles are a good choice for steep roofs, as they provide better drainage and are less likely to leak.

Aesthetically pleasing: Shingles come in a variety of colours and styles, allowing you as the customer to choose a look that complements your home and personal taste.


Expensive: Shingles are more expensive than shed felt, which may be a consideration for those on a more restricted budget.

Time Consuming to install: Shingles require a more complicated installation process, which will unfortunately take a longer time to install, however when fitted correctly they do compliment any roof that they are applied to. You can see how to install shingles here

Not ideal for flat or low-sloped roofs: Shingles are not a good choice for flat or low-sloped roofs, as they can trap water and cause leaks.

Conclusion: Choosing the Right Roofing Material for Your Shed

In conclusion, choosing the right roofing material for your shed depends on your specific needs and preferences. Shed felt is a budget-friendly, easy-to-install option that works well for flat or low-sloped roofs. Shingles, on the other hand, are a more durable, aesthetically pleasing option that works well on steep roofs. Whichever option you choose, can be done by yourself or by using a trusted contractor to ensure the job is done to a high standard and to make sure that your roof is protected from the elements. Make sure to weigh up the pros and cons and consider your budget before making your final decision.

Here at Ashbrook Roofing we offer a range of all roofing products as well as the tools and accessories needed to get the job done. We also offer a range of Landscaping products and tools and equipment. To view our full range of products: Click Here

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