Roof Shingles UK
Roof shingles are a roofing material made from bitumen/asphalt.
Roof shingles are generally metre long strips with coloured stone granules on the top surface and tile shaped cuts along the bottom edge.
In appearance they look like roof slates or cedar shakes/shingles but in composition they are more like a shed felt (but better!)
There are many advantages to using bitumen roof shingles:
- Our roof shingles are quick and easy to fit. Cedar shingles and Slate tiles are notoriously difficult to fix onto a roof and although they can be done by non-professionals they can take a long long time.
- Roof shingles are thicker than shed felt, stronger and longer lasting. IKO tests the tensile properties of all its roof shingles for tearing so when you consider some of the cheaper shed felts which will rip like paper there is no comparison. You should also consider that the average life expectancy of shed felt is 3 - 5 years whereas with roof shingles you are looking at 10 years plus (depending on external factors)
- If you are looking for a roof covering which provides value for money then roof shingles are for you. With one pack generally covering 3m2 they are economical and are a lot cheaper than cedar shingles and slate tiles.
- Another advantage over cedar is that roof shingles are low maintenance. There is no need to clean them or paint them with anti fungal treatments. There will not be any rotting.
- Roof shingles are attractive and come in lots of different colours. You have the option of more natural colours such as brown and grey or brighter ones such as red and blue.
- All IKO roof shingles are tested to meet CE approvals. They are fire retardant and extremely resistant to very hot, very cold and very windy weather. Armourshield roof shingles are resistant to winds up to 220km/h (Superglass 120km/h).
Roof shingles are suitable for many buildings:
The most common uses at the present time are for log houses and garden buildings such as log cabins, sheds, summerhouses and gazebos. Roof shingles are also being used for things such as garages, shops, band stands, farm buildings and industrial warehousing.
Although roof shingles can be used on a wide array of buildings there are some criteria that needs to be met to ensure they are suitable for use:
- The building must have a wooden boarded roof. This must cover the whole of the roof so each shingle strip can be nailed into it. It must also be strong enough to take the weight of the shingles and so plenty of roof rafters are required. Timber frame roofs are not suitable unless they are boarded over.
- The roof pitch must be 15 degrees or more. Roof shingles are not suitable for roofs with a pitch of below 15 degrees because of possible water ingress. If the roof pitch is not high enough for rain water to run off the water can sit on the roof and go back up and under the roof shingle strip. If your roof is a very high pitch you will need to use Armourshield or Bibershield roof shingles as they are the only ones suitable for pitches up to 90 degrees.
- Make sure you buy the correct type of roof shingles for your project. If you are in a windy or exposed area you should go for the Armourshield or Bibershield shingles. Armourshield roof shingles have been wind tested stay stuck until winds of 220km/h are reached.
Please visit the product pages (above) to choose which roof shingles you would like.
You can then buy online
or call us on 01270 756698 to order.
If you have any questions or would like samples posting out please contact us on 01270 756698 or use the Contact Form