Roof Shingles for Log Cabins – Watch out!

For the past few months we have been offering our customers certain ranges of IKO shingles free with our log cabins and the offer has been very well received. It’s a genuine offer and accepted by loads of very pleased customers. Please see this page for the full offer and availability: Free Roofing Shingles.

What do we supply?

All our shingles are from IKO. We supply these either as a FREE felt shingle option or as a bought option with all our log cabins.

IKO Felt Shingles for use on log cabins and our garden buildings.

These are the very best you can get in Europe and probably the world, IKO is known all over. This is their website: https://www.ikogroup.co.uk/ virtually everywhere you go you will see the IKO brand, for instance, have a look at the branding on the roofing membrane of new build houses before they put the tiles on. A good builder will always use IKO.

Other Shingles

Of course there are other shingles on the market, not just IKO and we’ve tried a lot of these ourselves but we still come back to IKO.

We have independent fitters who you, the customer, deals with direct and you pay them direct. We pass these details on to you when you place an order with us as a free service.

These are often the same fitters who are sub contracted by other companies.

Sorry while I’m on the subject of fitting have you seen the costs! Looking at a 3m x 3m corner log cabin tonight from a company and they wanted over £2000!!! to fit it. Truly unbelievable.

Speak to any fitter direct and they would normally charge you about £450 for a 3m x 3m.

I’m digressing, sorry. Back to shingles. I suggest, when buying or receiving shingles with you log cabin you ask the following question.

Dear Supplier,

Could you please tell me if the shingles you are providing me are CE Marked?

Our independent fitters install for several companies but they and I are good friends after many years together, and they whisper to me. Recently I was shown shingles they were asked to fit and …. oh my!

Looking at them they were of a far lower quality than the ones we use and then we notice that there was no document of performance (DOP) with them and they are not approved in Europe,.

At the moment to supply in Europe for construction they must be approved and CE marked. You will find these shingles have a far thinner base layer and top layer which makes the total shingle a LOT lighter. This causes easy cracking and absolutely no protection at all when felt nails are used and leaking around the nails will be far more common. I dare you to claim on the guarantee.

So, please ask the question when you are buying shingles from your supplier either as a free option or bought. Are they CE marked and approved for use in Europe. It does make a HUGE difference to how long they will last.

 

IKO Green shingles for log cabins

IKO Green shingles for log cabins

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This blog is my personal platform which I do enjoy. It is my own viewpoint and my own ideas. I may not be right and other installers / experts may offer a different view point or a alternative way to do something. I welcome contributions from anybody experienced to do so.

All my blog writing is MY OWN personal opinion ONLY and is NOT always the opinion of TUIN | TUINDECO as a company.

Log Cabins and Garden timber have a myriad of intricacies , I love to give away the secrets, there are a lot!

I enjoy using this blog to expose them so you know what you are buying. I love to know I am causing a few problems in the industry as it can be on occasions less than honest.

I actively encourage everyone to install their own buildings. So many times I would fit and the company I was working for would charge loads for my time, only then to be faced with the embarrassment when the customer says 'I could have done that' and YES you can without paying hundreds of Pounds!

I have over 19 years experience within the garden timber industry. I have particular expertise in garden buildings including the manufacture, design and installation from sheds to log cabins and all the way up to timber framed houses.

In my time I have been involved with virtually every manufacturer and supplier of garden buildings. I have also installed pretty much every make of Garden Building there is from ALL suppliers and manufacturers.

Prior to my career change I was a Watch Commander in the Fire Service with particular expertise in chemical incidents, training, technical design / technology / IT /Procedures / ISO Systems and road traffic accidents. I retired due to a nasty injury after 20 years service.

During my time in the Fire Service, on my days off, I was a self employed fitter for any type of garden building, I worked with most of the well known companies as a subcontractor.

I now work with Tuin | Tuindeco in the UK, supporting and advising on the vast range of products. I keep an eye out for help requests when we a supposed to be closed and can usually get back to you out of hours via email only (wife and children permitting on my days off).

In my private life I consult as an independent expert assessor for companies or private individuals when a dispute is present over their structure which results in producing an impartial report and assessment for whoever requires it. This is often higher valued than a structural engineers report born from my credentials, experience and widely recognised as an 'Expert' in the field.

I am a freelance writer for numerous companies, publications and blogs as well as an independent expert and fault finder for parts of the Industry and consumers with a particular emphasis on timber structures, both framed and of an interlocking design such as log cabins.

I produce numerous articles about timber in general, information on general timber products and specific guides when needed. I hope you enjoy and find my writing useful.

Please contribute and comment to my posts as you would like and I will try to respond as best I can.

Thank you

Richard.

3 thoughts on “Roof Shingles for Log Cabins – Watch out!

  1. Thanks for the update. So the tiles are perfectly okay to use provided they are applied properly. Very disappointing I’ve taken the advice of the insrallers and spent over £350 for a rubber covering

  2. I purchased roof shingles from you , a rather fetching green. When the guys came to install the cabin they informed me that as the pitch of the roof was 11% they “strongly recommend ” that I shouldn’t use these as the rain wouldn’t run off correctly and would leak. I called the people who I purchased the cabin from who insisted they would be okay to use. The installer was adamant the cabin wouldn’t last if I went ahead. The result is I’ve now ordered rubber roofing at a cost of an additional £365.00. And the cabin sits in my back garden waiting for another installation date and a load of roof tiles I don’t know what to do with. Who was right? Very frustrated

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