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    What Are Roof Shingles?


    4th November 2022

    Shingles are roofing panels composed of overlapping panels installed in rows running from the bottom edge of the roof upwards. Each row is slightly offset from the one beneath it so that the shingles overlap. Roof shingles are known for their durability and easy maintenance, making them a popular choice for residential and commercial properties. While they are typically more expensive than other types of roofing materials, their long-term value makes them a wise investment.

    Where are shingle roofs commonly used?

    Shingle roofs are regularly installed on garages, sheds, workshops, cabins and commercial or agricultural buildings, yet they can be used on almost any building. They are especially popular in areas with high winds and heavy rainfall, as their overlapping design helps to protect against both water and wind damage.

    What are the benefits of roof shingles?

    • Durable and hardwearing: Shingle roofs are built to last; when properly installed and maintained, they can easily last for 20-30 years.
    • Easy maintenance: Shingles require little to no maintenance beyond the occasional cleaning, making them a hassle-free roofing option. Shingles are easy to install and repair. Unlike other roofing materials, shingles can be replaced without needing to replace the entire roof.
    • Aesthetics: Shingles are available in a variety of colours and styles. This allows you to choose a look that compliments your home or business. Metal shingles have a more modern look, while cedar shingles provide a more natural, rustic appearance.
    • Value: While the initial cost of shingles may be higher than other roofing materials, their durability and easy maintenance make them a wise investment. Shingles also add to the curb appeal of your home or business, increasing its value.

    What materials are used for roof shingles?

    Roof shingles are highly versatile and can be made from various materials, the most popular being cedar, felt and metal.

    Cedar: Cedar shingles are considered the premium choice for roof shingles. They are durable, easy to maintain and provide excellent protection against wind and water damage. Cedar shingles also have a natural resistance to rot and insects, making them a wise choice for properties in areas with high humidity. The beauty of the natural grain adds a rustic charm to any property. Cedar trees can live up to 200 years, making them an environmentally friendly choice for those looking for a sustainable roofing option.

    Cedar shingles come in a variety of colours, from light blond to deep red. Our Western Red Cedar Shingles are the perfect choice for those looking to add a touch of luxury to their property. The Blue Label Shingles are our top-of-the-line product, perfect for those looking for the best protection and longest-lasting roof. Western Red Cedar Shingles are an excellent choice for many structures, including summerhouses, lawn gazebos, residences, and commercial properties. It's a practical, eco-friendly option that will serve you well for years.

    Our Blue Label Western Red Cedar Hip and Ridge Shingles are made from the same high-quality cedar as our regular shingles and provide an extra layer of protection for your roof. They are installed along the ridge of your roof, providing additional stability and weather resistance.

    Felt: Felt roof shingles are made from a base of asphalt-saturated felt covered with mineral granules. The felt paper provides excellent protection against water damage, while the mineral granules help to reflect UV rays and keep your property cooler in the summer months. Felt shingles can be used on many small structures, such as garden sheds and extensions. They are economical for those looking for a durable and low-maintenance roofing option. Although they are not as durable as cedar or metal shingles, they are a good choice for workers on a budget as they can be installed quickly and easily with very little upkeep.

    Metal: Typically made of steel or aluminium, metal shingles are coated with materials such as stone, ceramic or acrylic film. They are highly resistant to things like wind and fire and will also reflect heat away from your property. The exceptional strength of metal shingles makes them a good choice for properties in areas prone to severe weather conditions. They are also very easy to maintain, as they will not warp, crack or split over time. Metal shingles can be used for industrial and commercial buildings where a durable roof is essential.

    Now you have a better understanding of the materials frequently used for roof shingle, we hope you can make an informed decision about the type that is right for your property. If you're still unsure, our expert team is always on hand to offer advice and guidance. UK Sleepers is the UK's leading supplier of roof shingles, and we have a wide range of options available to suit all budgets and requirements. Contact us today on 01536 267107 to discuss your needs and find the perfect solution for your property.



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