Roof shingles combine aesthetics and cost-effectiveness with convenience like no other roofing material. This is thanks to them being caringly crafted by top manufacturers from a range of high-quality materials and available in a choice of styles. Th...
Roof shingles combine aesthetics and cost-effectiveness with convenience like no other roofing material. This is thanks to them being caringly crafted by top manufacturers from a range of high-quality materials and available in a choice of styles. They provide a distinctive yet elegant appearance which you can closely match to your personal taste.
Our range includes felt, cedar and metal shingles. These all come in a choice of styles to suit virtually any property. This is whether you’re looking to fit roof shingles onto an existing garden building, new build property, or use them as a cladding solution.
We’re proud to work with many leading manufacturers of high-quality roof shingles. Our shingles range includes include products from Britmet, Marley, Katepal and Ariel. If you’re looking for help installing roof shingles, be sure to read our blog How to Fit Roof Shingles for a quick and easy guide.
Benefits of Shingles
- Available in a choice of materials, including felt, metal and cedar
- Selection of styles to suit virtually any property, such as rustic wood and minimalistic metal
- Provide ever-changing characteristics throughout their lifespan as they age
- Easy and quick to fit for both qualified tradesman and inspired homeowners
- Suitable for pitched roofing applications as well as cladding projects
Uses of Roof Shingles
Shingles are some of the most versatile roofing materials on the market. They’re simple to install, come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes and materials and can be used on virtually any kind of building. They can be installed onto roofs with pitches up to 90°.
- Houses and garages
- Offices and industrial buildings
- Sheds or other outbuildings
- Leisure buildings
Roof Shingle Materials
We offer roofing shingles in three different materials, each with their own unique uses and advantages.
Felt shingles are the most popular variety, and the traditional choice for residential projects. They can be used as both a roofing material and as cladding. Felt roofing shingles are an excellent choice for garden buildings, as they’re weatherproof and easy to fix onto a wooden surface. What’s more, felt shingles are highly flexible and lightweight, making them super easy to work with. They’re simple to install, whether you’re a roofing professional or handy homeowner.
Cedar shingles are most commonly used on sheds or other garden outbuildings. One unique advantage of using cedar shingles is their versatility, as they can be used on roofs with a much lower pitch. The cedar roofing shingles we supply are made from sustainably sourced North American Cedar. This makes cedar the perfect choice for an environmentally-friendly roof that looks beautiful and is sure to last.
Metal shingles are rapidly growing in popularity thanks to their many unique advantages. They provide excellent strength and durability despite their light weight and come with a 50 year guarantee. Thanks to the wide range of finishes available such as ember and charcoal, you can achieve the aesthetic of traditional tiles without the hassle of maintaining them. What’s more, metal shingles can be installed onto roofs with pitches as low as 10°, making them suitable for almost any roofing project.
Roof Shingle Shapes
Another advantage of roofing shingles is the wide variety of shapes and styles you have to choose from. These can include the traditional square, to hexagonal shapes or even abstract designs – all of which give you the chance to create the roof that’s perfect for you.
Square roof shingles are the traditional and most common choice, often selected for their resemblance to traditional roofing tiles. Square shingles will give your property a polished look. Available in all three materials in a wide range of finishes, each of which will lend your roof its own unique aesthetic.
Hexagonal roof shingles are growing in popularity due to their futuristic honeycomb design. They’re sure to give your roof its own unique, eye catching look. More commonly made from bituminous felt, hexagonal shingles are lightweight, flexible and easy to work with and install.
Abstract roof shingles are the ideal choice if you’re looking to create a roof that truly stands out. The unique non-uniform design of abstract roof shingles from Katepal is perfect for homeowners that want their property to reflect their creativity and sense of style. Despite the unique design, abstract shingles don’t sacrifice longevity or durability.
Have More Questions About Our Roof Shingles?
If you have more questions about our shingles, simply speak to our team online or by telephone. As a trusted UK supplier of roofing materials with over 40 years of experience, we’ll help you pick the ideal solution for your project. This is whether you’re renovating your home or are constructing a new garden building.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Shingles?
Roof shingles are similar to roof tiles. Unlike tiles however, shingles are available in a greater variety of materials such as felt, wood and metal. This provides a greater choice of styles for homeowners.
When being fitted shingles are typically overlapped in some way. As no mortar is required and they’re very lightweight, shingles are considerably easier and more affordable to fit.
Roof shingles are particularly popular in the United States, where bitumen shingles are a favourite. Whilst shingles are not as common in the UK, felt and metal varieties are growing in popularity. This is due to their natural appearance and manufacturing improvements extending their lifespan.
What Type of Roof Shingles Are Best?
The most common type of shingles includes asphalt or bitumen, metal, and wood. These have been available for decades and have a proven record of superb durability.
Whilst asphalt or bitumen shingles offer a lifespan in excess of 15 years, they can appear less desirable as they age and don’t offer a natural appearance. So whilst they are typically the low-cost option, they may not suit every type of project.
Should you want a natural looking solution that ages beautifully, cedar shingles may be a perfect choice. These usually use premium wood which ages as naturally as the environment surrounding your property. They can also provide a lifespan in excess of 20 years.
Metal shingles, on the other hand, offer unrivaled durability. Another benefit of metal shingles is that they remain relatively consistent as they age. Whilst these are a mid-priced solution, they can offer a life expectancy in excess of 30 years.
Can Shingles Be Used on Cladding?
Yes, many roof shingles can be equally used as cladding. Simply refer to the technical data and installation guide, where it will confirm whether they can be used at angles of 90 degrees.
When using shingles as a cladding solution, different installation processes may need to be followed. This is to minimise the chances of any uplift or degradation caused by driving rain.
How Much Do Roof Shingles Cost?
Roofing shingles can cost as little as £7 per square metre. This means they’re incredibly cost-effective as well as looking great and being easy to install. This makes roof shingles an excellent choice for both small and large roofing projects.
How Do I Match Roofing Shingles to My House Colour?
The best colour to match your property depends on the colour and style of your home. Traditional colours for shingles include grey, brown and black. If you’re looking for something different however, we have shingles available in reds, greens, blues and more. If your home is white, grey or blue, we’d suggest grey or black shingles to create a more muted look. If your home features natural siding such as stone or earth tones, opt for brown shingles to coordinate with its style.
Do You Need Felt Under Shingles?
While a layer of underlay or felt isn’t strictly necessary, it’s very advantageous to install one beneath your shingles. This membrane will act as another layer to prevent water ingress. This is important to protect the structural integrity of your roof, as well as to prevent moisture damage, rot or mould.