Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt roofing shingles are the most common roofing material used by homeowners in North America today. At IKO Industries Ltd. we have been manufacturing asphalt roofing shingles since the 1950’s and our 3,000 employees worldwide deliver various roofing and waterproofing materials for residential homes as well as commercial buildings.

Most roofing shingles are flat, rectangular shaped and are laid out on a roof in overlapping courses starting from the bottom of the roof up (watch shingle installation video here). While asphalt shingles are the most common roofing material in North America there are a number of other types of roofing products, including wood, slate, metal, tile and composite shingles to name a few. The reason that asphalt shingles are the most common residential roofing material in North America is their relative ease to install, low cost and proven performance in a wide variety of climates.

Asphalt roofing shingles come in many color variations and most manufacturers are continually investing in the development of new color mixes to meet the increasingly sophisticated demands of homeowners. The knowledgeable homeowner has recognized that when replacing their roof they can actually increase their home’s curb appeal by selecting a roofing shingle with a new or refreshed color.

Knowing which shingle will look the best on your roof can be difficult so IKO provides customers with the RoofViewer tool to simplify the process of choosing the ideal IKO shingle and color for their property. You can use the RoofViewer tool on your computer or download the iPad app here. Upload a picture of your own home or use one of the template homes embedded within the RoofViewer tool. You can then select from the different IKO shingle products and switch colours with the click of a button. You can always save your preferred design and show it to your roofing contractor.

As many residential roofs are not straightforward due to unique architectural designs, there are a number of special accessories that work in tandem with our standard roofing shingles to provide complete protection.These specialty pieces include elements such as Eave Protection, Roof Underlayment, Roof Starters and Ridge Cap Shingles.

When homeowners are replacing their roofs an experienced contractor will be able to advise you on the correct mix and quantity of specialty products and IKO roofing shingles to provide your home with your desired level of protection.

 


 

 

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