Bitumen roof shingles are growing in popularity for use on sheds, summerhouses, log cabins and other garden buildings, but what are the advantages and disadvantages of using them?
1. Roof Shingles are Good Looking
Bitumen felt roofing tiles are the George Clooney of roof coverings. They come in a variety of different shapes and colours so you can pick which you prefer. Square tab shingles are the time honoured favourites but other designs such as hexagonal and beaver tail are now catching up quick. The same goes for colours. You can’t go wrong with good old black or green but newer, more earthy tones, are becoming more popular. We have been selling a lot of greys, browns and reds.
2. Roofing Shingles are Quick and Easy to Install
Once you understand the principles of fixing them you should have your building covered and watertight in no time at all. It is a good idea to lay the shingle strips out on the floor first to check you have the pattern right before fixing them down. Some shingle strips have a bitumen layer on the back which heats up in the sun to create an extra protective layer, some just have small dabs of asphalt. Either way, the strips need to be fixed down with large headed clout nails. Roofing is easier and quicker with two workers.
3. Shingles for Roofing are Thicker and Longer Lasting.
Felt roof shingles are 3mm thick and are made from a fibre glass core which is coated in high quality bitumen then covered on top with stone. They are fitted in such as way as they overlap each other to create the required pattern so at most points on your building you will actually have a 6mm covering. They are malleable so you can fit them easily but they will not rip easily like cheap shed felt. Their quality means they are more durable and will last a lot longer than shed felt which has a life expectancy of just 3-5 years.
4. Felt Roofing Tiles are Highly Resistant to Wind
The IKO roofing shingles we supply have been thoroughly tested In wind tunnels to ensure they are quality products. The storms that we have in the UK are nothing for them with movement only occurring in hurricane force winds. If you live in an exposed area then they are definitely a good choice for you.
Roof shingles initially cost slightly more than a traditional shed felt. Having said that, when you think about how long they last for and the quality you are getting, over time you can see your purchase as an investment. You will reap the rewards of this investment in the long run.
2. Speed To Fix
Although shingles can be fixed relatively quickly and easily they are not quite as fast to work with as shed felt. Depending on the size of the building you may need to allocate a good proportion on the day for the task instead of the hour or so it might take with felt. Roof shingles are however a lot quicker and easier to work with than some other roofing materials such as slates or cedar wood shingles. We think they are worth a little extra effort.
In summary the advantages of using roof shingles certainly outweigh the disadvantages and the disadvantages are hardly worth mentioning.