Interview with IKO's Mark Okland

IKO IRE In-booth Interview Series: Mark Okland

Take a look at the first of three in-booth interview episodes from the International Roofing Expo (IRE) 2017. In this episode, we interviewed IKO Residential Product Development Manager, Mark Okland

We had an amazing time at IRE with a number of great in-booth activities, including: our #IKOVotersChoice campaign, in-booth photo booth and Get to Know IKO giveaways. In the midst of those activities, we had the opportunity to chat with some of our executives about some frequently asked questions and some little-known details. Check out the IKO IRE in-booth interview series!

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Wednesday, March 22nd 2017
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roofing industry trends

2017 Residential Roofing Product Trends

What are the latest residential roofing product trends and updates you should have on your radar?

 

Whether you’re a builder, remodeler or roofing contractor, the latest product trends and updates can play an important role in your business.

In fact, staying on top of roofing industry trends can not only help set you apart from your competition, but also position you favorably as a trusted resource for homeowners looking for the “latest and greatest” in roofing styles and performance options. And as a building professional, earning the trust of your homeowner customers is the key to also earning their business and receiving future referrals.

Mark Okland, IKO’s Product Development Manager, explores three major roofing industry product trends to keep an eye on in 2017:

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Friday, March 17th 2017
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Get to know IKO at IRE

The International Roofing Expo (IRE) kicked off yesterday in Las Vegas, NV. IKO invites contractors to learn about our products and enter to win some great prizes at our in-booth experience (booth #331)!

If you’re not familiar with IKO products, the IRE booth experience offers useful information about our shingles, accessories and our company. Even if you’ve been an IKO customer for years, you will learn something new.

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Thursday, March 2nd 2017
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IKO Roofing Trade Shows Booth at Trade Show

2017 Roofing Tradeshows Across North America

As a roofing contractor looking to enhance your business in 2017, you might consider attending one of the many industry trade shows throughout Canada and the U.S. There are sure to be some great takeaways for your continuing education toolbox. In this blog, we’ll mention some of the “do not miss” shows where you’ll find the IKO team this year. This article outlines some of the major roofing trade show offerings in 2017. They are categorized as Residential (R) or Commercial (C).

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Wednesday, February 22nd 2017
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Residential Roof Components

What Makes Up a Roof – Your Roof Components

The components and systems that work together to keep water out

Water wants to get into your house.

Some people might point to the laws of physics or thermodynamics to explain how water enters your home, but all you need to know is that it wants to find a way inside the house.

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Tuesday, February 14th 2017
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IKO Roofing featured products at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show® in Orlando

IKO at #IBSOrlando 2017: Featured Products

There was a lot of excitement at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show® in Orlando, Florida. From modern architectural designs and traditional influences to grand booth displays, connected homes and more, this year’s show demonstrated continued innovation and momentum in the home and building industry.

Attendees also had the first glimpse of IKO’s newest residential roofing products, along with a few of our popular premium, performance and architectural shingles.

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Thursday, February 2nd 2017
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Roofer measuring sloped roof of a home

Roofing Tips from Professional Roofing Contractors

8 super-specific questions to ask your roofer before you sign the contract

There you are. You’re sitting at your kitchen table, and across from you is a roofing contractor. He’s telling you all about what he’s going to do to replace your roof, how long it will take, and of course, what it will cost. Then he asks if you have any questions.

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Thursday, January 19th 2017
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IKO Armourshake Shingles Provide “Over-the-Top” Results in California

By Mark Okland, Product Development Manager, IKO North America

Roofing is a family business for Chad Haygood – his uncle, grandfather and great-grandfather have all been roofing professionals. As a fourth-generation roofer, he takes pride in his family’s roofing roots and being part of a multi-decade legacy.

Chad and Vanessa Haygood of Chad's Roofing Inc.

Chad and Vanessa Haygood of Chad’s Roofing, Inc., in Gilroy, California.

Under the guidance of his uncle  – who owns Jimmy Shrull Roofing, Inc. – he gained a lot of insight into what it takes to be a quality roofer, provide excellent customer service and run a successful business.

In early 2016, Haygood decided to try his own hand at becoming a business owner. Together with his wife, Vanessa, they opened Chad’s Roofing, Inc., a residential and commercial roofing business based in Gilroy, California.

Little did Haygood know that within his first two months of business, he’d be taking on one of the most difficult projects of his career

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Thursday, December 15th 2016
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House covered in snow and ice

Residential Cold-Weather Roofing: What to Expect as Temperatures Dip?

Winter residential roofing and cold-weather asphalt shingle applications

 

As expected, once again the leaves are falling and the weather is turning cooler. For roofing contractors in the southern states, it’s a welcome relief to the brutally hot summer roofing season. For contractors in northern areas, it means it’s time to adapt to the winter roofing season. Yes, asphalt shingles can still be installed successfully in cold weather, providing a few important changes are made to the usual practices.

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Thursday, December 8th 2016
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