Roofing News & Tips

Are roof tiles waterproof?

ARE ROOF TILES WATERPROOF?

Yes roof tiles are waterproof.

Being porous they absorb small quantities of water, however the actual tiles will not let water through, and if laid correctly and not broken, no water will get past them into the property below.

The breathable or non breathable membrane laid underneath the tiles also acts as a secondary barrier, albeit only a temporary one.

What causes felt shingles to curl on a roof?

WHAT CAUSES FELT SHINGLES TO CURL ON A ROOF?

Felt shingles can curl on a roof when the trailing, or bottom edge, has not been fixed.

The effects of the sun can cause the bottom edge of felt shingles to lift if they are not secured, and once they start to lift the wind can often make the issue worse - in extreme conditions the shingles can be damaged or even ripped off the roof.

Premium quality felt shingles, such as our own brand shingles and the Dakota brand shingles that we also supply, have an adhesive bituminous strip on each shingle, that adheres the bottom edge of each course of shingles to the course below, thus preventing wind uplift.

What goes under roof shingles?

WHAT GOES UNDER ROOF SHINGLES?

In the UK felt shingles are normally used on shed and garden buildings, so for these applications a 3B bituminous felt is used as an underlay as the buildings below, not being subject to habitation, do not require the installation of a breathable membrane under the shingles.

In the United States, as felt shingles are the most popular roof covering on houses, a breathable membrane is used under the shingles.

What is the lifetime of felt roof shingles?

WHAT IS THE LIFETIME OF FELT ROOF SHINGLES?

Both our own brand range of felt roof shingles, and the Dakota range that we also stock and supply, have a 15 year manufacturer's warranty, with an anticipated lifespan of 35+ years.

How to install roof shingles

HOW TO INSTALL ROOF SHINGLES

Our felt and cedar shingles are quick and easy to install, and both require a minimum of skill and effort.

Installation details for felt shingles can be found here.

Installation details for cedar shingles can be found here.

Which roofing material is the best?

WHICH ROOFING MATERIAL IS THE BEST?

The answer to this is simple: No roofing material is the 'best'!

They will all 'do the job' well!

Broadly all roofing materials - whether you are looking at concrete and clay roof tiles, or man made and natural slates for a pitched roof, or felt or GRP fibreglass products for a flat roof, have all been tested to a number of British, EU and often International standards and will have all met and exceeded them - otherwise the manufacturers would not market them, and specialist roofing materials suppliers such as About Roofing Supplies, would not risk our reputations by selling them.

Most products have lengthy warranties, with service lives that usually exceed the warrantied life.

So, if 'best' means 'which one is the most waterproof' or 'which one will last the longest?' the answer is broadly that they are all similar.

However if you are looking for 'which roofing material looks the best?' then only you can decide that as beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

What are roof shingles made of?

WHAT ARE ROOF SHINGLES MADE OF?

Roof shingles are made of one of two materials: Wood or bituminous felt.

Wood shingles - or more accurately Cedar Shingles - are made of thin strips of Cedar. These are a very popular roof covering in the USA where their light weight is emininently suited to their practice of timber frame construction for houses which are unable to bear the weight of concrete or clay roof tiles as commonly used in the UK and Europe.

Felt Shingles are made from premium quality bituminous roofing felt, cut to shape, and, like Cedar Shingles, are also extremely popular in the United States due to thier light weight, long life, and ease of laying.

Our own brand felt shingles are manufactured in Russia, and we also sell the Dakota Felt Shingle range which is manufactured in Canade. These felt shingles are more than capable of withstanding anything that the British weather can throw at them, and have long service lives.

Beware of cheap felt shingles - usually manufactured in China, Italy or Spain: these have a reputation of being made with poor quality bitumen and rarely last more than a handful of years.

Are roof shingles waterproof?

ARE ROOF SHINGLES WATERPROOF?

Both Cedar wood and Felt roof shingles are eminently waterproof!

In fact, because of their light weight they are the most popular roof covering in the USA, where they are used in preference to concrete or clay roof tiles or slates.

American property owners put their confidence in shingles to keep their houses and belongings safe and dry - and so can you!

Can salt damage roof shingles?

CAN SALT DAMAGE ROOF SHINGLES?

Both Cedar wood and Felt roof shingles are resistant to salt damage, as well as rain, ice, snow and sun.

You can fit these products with complete confidence in their ability to keep your property and belongings safe and dry!