How To Install Shingles
Lay Our Tiles On Your Building
Once you have made the decision to buy roof shingles you need to know more about how they fit onto your roof. They are intended to be a DIY product so they are not difficult to install once you know how. When you first get the packs you probably won't have a clue where to start. That is why we have written a set of insructions for you. Once yu read through them you will have a better idea of where to start.
Roofing with shingles is easy once you get started. Once you are confident with the pattern they make you will become faster at laying them. In no time at all you should find that your roof is covered. It will be waterproof and look much better too.
Before you start to install roof shingles we recommend that you read through our instruction sheet. You can dowload it at the bottom of the page. Our guide will tell you how to install roof shingles. It is important to read through our instructions even if you have shingled a roof before. Most roof shingles are fitted in the same way. But there may be one or two things that are different. We also have some tips to make it easier for you.
Installng roof shingles is pretty much the same for all the different types of roofing shingles. Our information sheet talks mostly about IKO Armourshield hexagonal roof shingles. It also mentions IKO Superglass 3 tab shingles. However, the instructions can be used for different roof shingles types.
Our instructions are for a standard apex roof (one with two sides coming to a point in the centre). Roof shingles can be fixed to different shaped roofs. Hip and pyramid roofs are now very popular on log cabins and summerhouses. If you would like some advice on how to fix roof shingles onto different shaped roofs then please Contact Us using the online form. You can also telephone us on 01270 756698.
Important Tip 1: To open up the packs take a Stanley knife. Run it around the sides of the pack. Be careful not to cut into any of the shingle strips. You should then be able to lift up the plastic and peel it away easily. Make sure you put the plastic wrap in the bin. The same goes for the peel off strips on the back of Shield shingles. They will blow away very easily on a windy day.
Important Tip 2: If you are using Shield shingles they have an adhesive layer on the back. You will need to peel off the protective plastic strips before you start laying the tiles. If it is a hot day the bitumen layer will heat up in the sun. It is a good idea not to take too many of the plastic strips off in one go. If you do all the shingles will all stick together.
Important Tip 3: We sell a lot of 'Ultra' colour roof shingles. This means they have a black shadow band across the top of the strip. When you fit these felt tiles you are meant to be able to see some of the black. Some people try to hide it. That means that the shingles are not fitted correctly. You will end up using lots more strips than you thought. You will run out of shingles.
It is best to download and read the instructions first. Then, if you have any questions please feel free to Contact Us. You can do that online or call 01270 756698. We will be more than happy to give you advice on how to start your project and set you off in the right direction, We can also help with more complicated things like how to do the ridge.
Once you have finished one roof in shingles you will probably find that you want to use them to cover some of your other buildings. If you have small amounts left over from the first job then you may have enough to cover smaller buildings such as sheds. If you need some more then visit our Products Page. You can match with the ones you already have. Or, you can try something a bit different. Maybe a different colour or a different style.
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If you have problems downloading the file please contact us. We can email the document to you.
There is also a useful You Tube video made by IKO.