IKO Ready to Launch Newest in Line of Luxury Shingles in New Year

Leading manufacturer of roofing materials poised to start shipping its best-ever slate-look shingle in January

KANKAKEE, IL, Jan. 12 /CNW/ - IKO Industries, Ltd, a North American pioneer in the residential and commercial roofing business, is introducing Royal Estate - a brand-new premium-quality asphalt shingle that emulates the sophisticated, distinctive look of natural slate tiles.

According to Carol Perkins, Marketing Director, Royal Estate is one of the best of its class in the company's line of luxury laminated fiberglass architectural shingles. "IKO's motto is 'Setting the Standard'. The company has been raising the bar in our industry for over half a century. Royal Estate is a perfect example of how our engineers have combined form and function for the benefit of discerning homeowners."

She goes on to explain how it was IKO's patented color blending technology that first made it possible to achieve the sought-after look of natural slate, with its beautiful yet subtle color gradations.

"People love the look and curb appeal of a natural stone roof, but it's cost-prohibitive because of the installation time and labor involved. Other concerns can include maintenance worries or even having to reinforce the roof's structure first to support the weight of real slate."

"For contractors, slate tiles are difficult to handle - and not just because of their weight. They tend to be brittle, break easily and are very slippery for installers to walk on. Royal Estate is fast and easy to install. The resulting time and labor savings make it possible for homeowners to enjoy the look of natural stone at an affordable cost."

Andy Lodge, Manager - Technical and Industry Affairs, says that, Royal Estate's aesthetic advantage over conventional laminated shingles is IKO's synchronized manufacturing process which produces a visually superior look. 

Royal Estate shingles are designed to offer homeowners exceptional beauty, durability and value. They're available in four natural-stone colors: Shadow Slate, Mountain Slate, Taupe Slate and Harvest Slate. All have algae-resistant granules embedded into the surface layer to keep Royal Estate roofs looking spectacular, year after year, even on homes in humid climates.

About IKO
Established over 50 years ago, IKO remains a family-run business, engaged in the manufacture and sale of asphalt roofing materials. It is a vertically integrated roofing company, producing many of the raw materials used in manufacturing its shingles, such as mineral stabilizer, roofing granules, fiberglass strands, and fiberglass mat.    Most key components are manufactured within IKO's family of companies, under its own stringent quality assurance. This provides superior quality assurance over all its finished products. IKO has over 30 manufacturing plants throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.

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SOURCE IKO Industries

For further information:

Carol Perkins, Marketing Director
235 W. South Tec Dr
Kankakee, IL, 60901
Ph:  (815) 936-9600
Fx:  (815) 937-5648
Email: carol.perkins@iko.com


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