Purchased a garden shed earlier this year and rang today to complain about
the felt on the roof cracking.
I was told that the felt they used was not covered by the guarantee.
OK fine, this I am not practically bothered about because I would rather
have a better felt on the shed anyway.
My question is this. Can anyone recommend a descent type of felt, supplier
and rough price please. I am totally clueless as to quality to use.
You need heavy duty shed felt. Any shed building company should be able to
sell you a roll for about 20 quid. Unless you specify heavy duty felt when
you order they just supply cheap shed felt (rabbit hutch felt). Heavy duty
shed felt should last between 10 and 15 years.
Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 traders must sell goods that are as
described and of satisfactory quality.
If consumers discover that products do not meet these requirements they
can reject them and ask for their money back providing they do so
quickly. Alternatively, they can request a repair or replacement or
A roof that lets in water in less than a year is clearly not of
satisfactory quality. Repair or replacement is a legal right and
nothing to do with a manufacturers/retailers guarantee. Of course if
you put the felt on yourself they'll argue you knackered it.
If their knowledge of the law & cust service are anything to go by the
shed will fall down by xmas anyway!
I suppose it depends upon who assembled the shed and installed the felt to
the roof. Many sheds are self assembly so short of structurally failing
through a design fault, I would think you would have little chance of
progressing a claim because it could easily be put back to the fault of the
person who assembled / installed the shed.
I'd recommend never using nails and battens, just felt adhesive. The nails
make holes and anyway if you use them and battens without the adhesive the
wind may blow the felt off between the battens. I've seen it happen.
So use only adhesive. And put it on in strips up and down the roof. That
way, if any pinholes appear in the felt the water will run away under it
rather than getting caught up as a pond by horizontal adhesive.
i've seen some tiles made of felt put on a council building. i think they
come in strips that you nail on, overlapping each other. they look much
better than ordinary rolls of felt. but i dont know where you get them from.
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