Roofing 101

Roofing 101

An Introduction to Roofing Skylights

A skylight can do wonders for essentially any room in a home, but you need to choose the right kind of skylight to achieve your specific goal. Are you interested in a skylight to bring light into a room or are you looking to add ceiling height and make an architectural statement? Or do you want to add value to your home before a sale by showing off your home’s views even more?

Ice and Water Protector: What is it and Where Does it Go?

Ice and water protector, sometimes also referred to as ice and water shield, is a waterproof roof underlayment membrane developed to protect vulnerable areas on a roof from ice and water damage. Ice and water protectors (sometimes called ice and snow shields in cold climates) are made with polymer-modified bitumen.

Disaster Contacts

Always keep a list of disaster or emergency contacts visible and handy. You never know when you might need to call for help. Firefighters and police recommend keeping your list on the refrigerator. It’s the first place they look for this information when called to the scene.

Get Your Roof Ready for Winter

The leaves are changing color, and you’re giving thought to digging out the snow tires for the car – you need to get it ready for winter. An equally beneficial time investment can be made on your home’s roof; it needs to get ready for winter too. Don’t worry, it won’t take long; mostly it’s just a simple visual inspection. And you want to have it done now before snow and frost gets on the roof.

Roof Inspection Checklist

At IKO, we recommend that homeowners have their roof inspected on a regular basis. It’s like going to the doctor for an annual check-up. You may catch potential problems early and potentially prevent them from becoming more serious.

A Review of IKO Shingle Products

So it’s time to replace your roof and you’ve done your homework. You’ve researched various types of roofing materials, from genuine stone tiles and natural cedar shakes to the latest in rolled metal roofing.

Facts About Asphalt Roofing Shingles

An asphalt shingle roof is a valuable part of your home. It shields you, your family and your possessions from the elements. But many homeowners don’t know much about shingles, and, in fact, very few homeowners ever touch or handle an asphalt shingle. In many ways, shingles are a bit of a mystery material. So, in this age of instant information access, IKO shares the following sampling of answers to some interesting homeowner questions.

How Many Shingles Do I Need for my Roof?

So you need a new roof, whether it’s to adorn your newly built home or to replace your existing roof. Like most North Americans, you’ve wisely decided to go with asphalt shingles due, in large part, to their vast range of styles and color blends. Like most of your neighbors, you plan to have the shingles installed by a professional roof contractor who will handle all the material calculations; however, the information attached will help you understand how to estimate the amount of shingles and accessory materials you need for your roof.

How to Pick Roof Shingle Colors

Need help matching a roof shingle color to your home? We offer 17 tips to help you find the ideal color for your home’s style, color, climate & personality.

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