Company aims to make choosing the right shingle easy for homeowners on any mobile device
KANKAKEE, IL, Dec. 19, 2014 /CNW/ - IKO Industries, Ltd, a global manufacturer of asphalt shingles and related roofing materials for the residential and commercial roofing industry, has introduced its latest app. The company's popular RoofViewer software tool is now available as a free download from the Google Play™ store.
Director of Marketing, Carol Perkins, explains the history of RoofViewer and its evolution into this latest version.
"Several years ago, IKO was first to market with our proprietary RoofViewer software tool. At the time, it was only available through a desktop computer. At the time, mobile devices were not in widespread use. Today, almost everyone is accessing programs and apps on the fly."
She says that IKO's market research revealed the toughest decision facing homeowners was choosing the right style and color of shingle.
RoofViewer solved that problem by allowing them to shingle their homes virtually, online. They could choose from a standard template similar to their house or upload a photo of their actual home. RoofViewer even allowed them to "try on" different accessories, such as siding and trim.
"RoofViewer was a big hit both with homeowners and with the contractors we serve," she continues. "In January 2013, we released an app designed to be used on an Apple® iPad®. It was an enhanced version of our desktop software tool because it also allowed users to map out the roof and select all the components of IKO's Pro 4 Roofing System: shingles, roof starter, underlayment, ice & water protector and hip & ridge cap shingles."
The Android version of RoofViewer takes the app to a whole new level of functionality by driving qualified leads to reputable contractors. They'll be able to save all the information as reference, to create a price quote.
Ms. Perkins says, "This will be faster and more convenient than having to transfer the data by hand and deal with more paper. Roofing professionals are busy, always on the move. They're sure to enjoy having remote access to prospects' contact info and selected products."
Chameleon Power, a leader in software technologies for the roofing and building industries, provided the suite of RoofViewer tools. CEO Dan Dempsey says, "IKO has continued to lead the roofing industry with innovative solutions for its roofers and homeowners. We're thrilled to work closely with such an innovative organization in bringing our technologies to the roofing industry."
TheRoofViewer app is now available as a free download at the Google Play Store online store or at the IKO website: www.iko.com.
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IKO is a world-wide leader in the roofing, waterproofing and insulation industry for residential and commercial markets. A vertically integrated company, IKO operates more than 25 manufacturing plants throughout North America and Europe. IKO is a family owned business established in 1951.
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About Chameleon Power Inc.
Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Chameleon Power is the leading Web technology provider to the home building and decorating industry. Chameleon Power has provided visualization and design solutions to the home building and remodeling industries since 1999. Chameleon Powered Web sites and mobile apps create virtual showrooms that provide a seamless connection between manufacturers, dealers, contractors and consumers. For more information, visit www.chameleonpower.com.
SOURCE: IKO Industries
For further information: Carol Perkins, Marketing Director, IKO, 235 West South Tec Drive, KANKAKEE, IL, 60901, 1-815-936-9600, Email: [email protected]; Matthew Gomula, Director of Marketing Communications, [email protected], Chameleon Power, 42400 Nine Mile Road, Novi, Michigan 48375, (D) 248-912-0341