Roof Shingles UK
Roof Shingles UK is a trading name of GEM Partners Ltd and we import and sell IKO bitumen roof shingles in the UK.
We started off importing roof shingles to use on our own log cabins, which we also manufacture in the UK under the trading name Astwood Log Cabins. We soon found that people were asking for roof shingles to complete other projects in their gardens, such as re-roofing sheds and garages, so we started to sell them as well.
We first met with IKO at a trade fair. At the time we were importing roof shingles from Eastern Europe and Russia, while they were cheap the quality had been a bit hit and miss and availability and deliveries were not that reliable.
IKO are the market leaders when it comes to bitumen roof shingles. They are a global company with activities in Canada and the USA as well as Europe.
After visiting the IKO manufacturing plant in Belgium we were very impressed with what we saw. As well as a good range of products, it was obvious that everything was geared towards quality with entire departments dedicated to product development, testing and quality control.
IKO is a vertically integrated company which means that they manufacture most of the materials they use in the production process. This ensures they have control over both the quality and availability of materials in the supply chain.
A new, high-tech, manufacturing plant opened in Slovakia in 2015 and all our roof shingles now come from there.
We now stock a large range of different styles and colours of roof shingles and sell thousands of packs each year to both retail customers with their own DIY projects and trade customers who need roof shingles for their own products.
Last year we moved to a bigger warehouse in Shropshire. Although we don't have a shop there it is perfect for making up customer orders, most of which are sent all over the UK using the Palletline network and we can also accept collections as long as they are booked in advance.
Orders can be anything from one pack up to several pallets and we keep a range of accessories to go with the roof shingles as well. We make up a pallet using recycled wood and then wrap it securely in black wrap ready to be loaded onto the lorry.
Everyone here has experience of using roof shingles so we can give you a lot of useful help and advice if you have any questions. We also have full technical support from IKO.