bitumen shingles

Bitumen shingles are a very cost-effective alternative to conventional roof coverings made of fiber concrete or clay tiles, which offer many advantages. Read everything you need to know about bitumen shingles here.

Background information

Bitumen shingles are usually laid on wooden boarding and an insulating sheet underneath. The laying is relatively easy and can also be carried out by laypeople who do not suffer from vertigo. The individual bitumen shingles are attached with more or fewer nails, depending on the steepness of the roof, but there are also self-adhesive variants.

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Bitumen shingles only need to be glued on particularly steep roofs. Otherwise, nailing is usually sufficient. You can find an explanation of how to lay bitumen shingles here.

Current offers (as of 2013)

Bitumen shingles, different shapes
Sonata super black, honeycomb, 3 sqm package 32 EUR / 3 m²
Onduline Bardoline trapezoid, glass fleece and ceramic granules 14.47 EUR / m²
Bitumen shingles
Tango super autumnal, beaver tail, 3qm package 35.00 EUR / 3 m²
Onduline Bardoline Pro 100, with glass fiber fleece insert 11.58 EUR / m²

What to look for when buying? / Recommendations

There is a European standard for bitumen shingles - EN 544. Only use bitumen shingles that actually comply with this standard, as this is the only way to ensure the tightness of the roof and the resistance of the bitumen shingles to rain and wind.

Plan the design beforehand. Bitumen shingles are available in rectangular, beavertail or diamond shapes, and also in many different colors. In order to better assess the visual effect, it is best to use a 3D planning program - the color and structure of the roof make up a large part of the visual effect of a house.