What are roof shingles?

Roof shingles are a type of roof tile that can be used on a variety of building types. They also come with a range of benefits such as being low maintenance and easy to install. Choose from a wide range of shapes, colours and patterns to best suit your project.

What are roof shingles used for?

Roof shingles can be used on a building types such as sheds, summerhouses, farm buildings and more. For the roof shingles to be suitable for application, there are key factors to consider. The first is roof pitch. The pitch of the roof must be 15 degrees or more to ensure rain water runs off. This will help prevent the water getting under the roof shingle strip. There are some roof shingles that are specifically designed for higher pitch roofs, such as CedarArmourshield and Metrotile, which can be used on pitches up to 90°.

When installing roof shingles using nails, it is important that the building has a wooden boarded roof; you will need to ensure that it will be strong enough to hold the weight of the shingles. For an even easier installation, Ketapel 3-tab SBS biturmen self-adhesive roof shingles are a great choice for DIY projects.

Advantages of using roof shingles

Roof shingles are a cost-effective choice of roofing material as they generally cover a greater surface area than other options such as slate tiles. Another factor that makes roof shingles so economical is that their life expectancy is much longer than standard roofing felt, for example Metrotile comes with a 40 year weatherproof guarantee, and Cembrit with a 25 year product guarantee.

With such a wide variety of colours, patterns and styles, there is a roof shingle available for every project. Popular styles include Square ButtHexagonal Butt and Classic Half Round. There are also roof shingles to suit a specific look: Cedar shingles give an authentic wood finish in either Western Red (Western red – red label and blue label cedar shingles available), Eastern White or (for a synthetic wood-finish look) Tapco shakes. Metrotile steel shingles contribute to an eye-catching finish with a choice of 5 colours available.

Easy to fit and install, roof shingles are a great choice for both DIY and professionals. Without the need to paint or clean them, there is little to no maintenance required.

If you are unsure which roof shingle is compatible with your project, or would like any advice or recommendations, please contact our helpline on 01752 692 760 to speak to one of our roofing experts, or alternatively use our live chat in the bottom right hand corner.