New Product: Introducing Chestershed

Here at Greengates, part of our dedication to providing exceptional customer service is ensuring that we supply a comprehensive range of top-quality products. This range has recently been extended with the addition of Chestershed, a complete roofing felt solution designed and developed by the industry-leading Chesterfelt Group. 

Gone are the days when sheds were nothing more than storehouses for old junk that couldn't be stored anywhere else. The modern garden shed is used to house a range of equipment from cycles and lawnmowers to barbecues and power tools, all of which need to be protected from the elements. As the first line of defence, shed roofs (as well as those of other outbuildings like stables, log cabins and summer-houses) need to be able to resist damage from rain, wind and UV radiation. 

Quick and easy to install, Chestershed can be used on all non-habitable buildings that have a roof pitched at 20 degrees or more. Incorporating glass-fibre reinforcement and with an aesthetically-pleasing mineral finish, the high-performance product provides such roofs with reliable protection for up to five years. 

A Guide to Installing Chestershed Roof Felt

  • Start by ensuring you have all the tools you will need: hammer, tape measure, utility knife and galvanised clout nails. All of these products can be found on the Greengates Builders Merchants website.
  • Remove the strips of timber from the ends of the gables and take off the existing roofing felt if it is present. Any uneven boards should be hammered down and any protruding nails should be either hammered in or removed if possible. 
  • Place a strip of Chestershed roofing felt on the roof's lowest part; the strip should overhang the gable edges and eaves by 5cm. At spaces of 50cm, use nail along the top edge of the felt to fix it into place. Fold overhangs onto the edges of the roof and nail into place at 5cm spacings. Fold the corners neatly. 
  • Continue with more sheets of Chestershed felt, ensuring that each sheet overlaps the previous one by 7.5cm. Overlapping sheets should be securely bonded with roof felt adhesive before being nailed at 5cm spacings. For this part of the job, we recommend using Roofing Felt Adhesive from top-brand Cromar, available from Greengates Builders Merchant Accrington.  
  • The ridge of the roof should be covered with a capping strip measuring 30cm in width; the strip should overlap the preceding sheets by 15cm on each slope of the roof. At 5cm intervals, nail the lower edges into place.
  • Replace the timber strips to the gable ends and the job is complete!  

Find out more information about Chestershed by getting in touch with our expert technical team.

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