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A Guide to Asphalt Shingles

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.

You’ve decided that asphalt shingles are the way to go. Not only do they offer you the greatest variety of color blends and styles, they’re also among the most affordable options to protect your home, family and property against the elements. Of course, there are other reasons you might want a new roof.

Perhaps you’re updating other exterior elements or you want to boost your home’s curb appeal before putting it on the market. Whatever your reasons are, congratulations on a very wise decision!

Now that you’ve settled on asphalt roofing shingles, though, sifting through all those options can feel a bit overwhelming. That’s why the roofing experts at IKO have put together this comprehensive review of IKO shingle products.

Our goal is to explain the differences and advantages of every roofing shingle in our lineup, using simple terms that are easy to understand and beautiful pictures of asphalt shingles on actual homes.

As a leading global manufacturer of quality roofing products, we’ve been doing this for decades and we know what we’re talking about.

Don’t worry. This is not a sales pitch! We just think it’s important that homeowners fully understand what’s available in order to make the most informed decision that’s best for them. Ready? Let’s go.

Our Review of Shingle Products Starts With Learning the Lingo.

One of the reasons people may have trouble navigating the available choices of asphalt roofing shingle is that some terms are generic and well-understood within the roofing industry while others are used by individual shingle manufacturers to differentiate their brands or product lines.

Architectural shingles. Laminate shingles. Dimensional shingles. Composite shingles. Fiberglass shingles. Designer, premium and luxury shingles. Strip roofing? 3-tabs? These terms might describe a shingle’s look, what it’s made of or even what its function is.

Then you have standard industry jargon like dimensional thickness, profile, shadow bands and Title 24-compliant, and abbreviations such as AR and IR. Small wonder it’s so confusing!

At IKO, we have four categories of asphalt roofing shingles that we call “collections.” We’ll illustrate and describe each one of them in detail below and we’ll explain the terms as we go along.

Within each collection, we’ll also give you a comprehensive review of IKO shingles that describes each shingle’s characteristics, advantages, limited warranty coverage and more. You’ll also find color swatches of the blends available for each member of the collection.

At the end of this article, we’ll sum it all up with a handy chart so you can compare them all side by side at a glance.

Those four collections and the names of our asphalt roofing shingles in each are:

Premium: ArmourshakeTM, Crowne SlateTM, Royal EstateTM
Performance: CambridgeTM IR with ArmourZone®, Dynasty® with ArmourZone®
Architectural: CambridgeTM, Cambridge Cool ColorsTM
Traditional: MarathonTM Plus AR, MarathonTM

Premium
Performance
Architectural
Traditional

Let’s Continue our Review of IKO Shingle Products With an Anatomy Lesson.

The cut-away illustration below shows you what goes into every type of IKO roofing shingle we make. Learn more about the function and importance of each individual component. These five components are bonded together in line at our manufacturing plants to form a single layer, which is the starting point of all IKO asphalt shingles.

Notice that the core component above (3) is a non-woven fiberglass mat. This is the industry standard because of the strength, durability and enhanced fire resistance it offers.

When you see the phrase “fiberglass shingles,” it means that the embedded mat at their core is made of fiberglass, regardless of the shingle’s type, style or appearance.

You may also see the term “composite shingles.” All fiberglass shingles are considered composite shingles, but not all composite shingles are fiberglass shingles. Plastic and rubber shingles are also considered composites, but they’re usually shaped like tiles.

At IKO, we use non-woven fiberglass mats exclusively in all our roofing shingle products and coat them top and bottom with asphalt for weatherability and flexibility, even in extreme temperatures.

The top surface layer consists of mineral granules that we quarry and crush ourselves. These granules serve three important functions:

  • They protect the underlying asphalt layer from the sun’s ultraviolet rays which can potentially damage or cause it to break down, making the shingle brittle and less flexible.
  • They provide color and texture to create the beautiful roof you see from street level. IKO uses an exclusive, advanced color blending technology for some of the most stunning looks and effects available.
  • They contribute to the shingle’s fire resistance.

Professional roofing crews install asphalt shingles with a nail gun, using four to six nails per shingle depending on a number of variables, such as size, construction, roofing conditions, location and temperature. Strips of tacky sealant help to adhere the shingle. The sun’s radiant heat activates this sealant to further strengthen its adhesive bond to help prevent wind-uplift and blow-off.

Come to Terms With These Two Terms: AR and IR.

As we go through our review of IKO shingle products, you may notice the abbreviation “AR” as part of the shingle’s name. This is a standard in the roofing industry. It stands for “Algae Resistance.”

Have you ever seen a roof with black streaks or discolored areas as shown in this photo?

Discoloration and unsightly streaks like these are most commonly caused by the growth of blue-green algae colonies, usually in maritime climates or regions of high humidity. While they’re not harmful, they can seriously ruin the look of your roof and your home, and be very tricky to clean.

IKO and other asphalt shingle manufacturers embed special granules into the top surface of their AR-designated shingles to help inhibit such algae growth.

Before we review the different types of asphalt roofing shingles IKO makes, here’s one more industry term to learn. “IR” stands for “Impact Resistance.” It often appears as part of the shingle’s name too.

Certain shingles are engineered to perform better under the impact of hail, and these shingles have earned a Class 4 Impact Resistance Rating which IKO is pleased to present on its IR shingles for the sole purpose of enabling homeowners to obtain a discount on their home insurance premiums, if available in their area.

This rating is not to be construed as any type of express or implied warranty or guarantee of the impact performance of this shingle by the manufacturer, supplier or installer. For further details see the Specification Test Standard for FM4473 Impact Resistance.

Review of IKO Roofing Shingles: Premium Collection

If you own an estate home or other high-caliber property, IKO’s Premium Collection will appeal to and satisfy your sense of aesthetics while providing the ultimate weather protection.

All three lines in this suite of luxury laminated architectural asphalt shingles are engineered to emulate the sophisticated, sought-after designer look of natural slate tiles or genuine cedar shakes without their associated maintenance worries and expense.

Whether your home’s architectural style and your own personality are traditional or contemporary, rural and laid-back or urban and chic, you’ll find your match in our Premium Collection.

You may have noticed that, in the second paragraph above, we described the shingles in this collection as “luxury laminated architectural” shingles. Let’s take a closer look at what that string of words means.

Our Premium Collection is called “luxury” because it’s our ultimate offering in terms of aesthetic appeal. You can imagine that it’s not easy to recreate Mother Nature’s beauty of genuine wood or natural slate. Achieving that look in an asphalt shingle requires subtle color changes or gradations, a deep dimensional profile or depth and very specific cuts.

To create that dimension, we take two or more single layers of shingle and laminate or bond them together to build the shingle’s depth. This multilayer construction not only provides depth for appearance’s sake, it gives our Premium shingles weight, to lie flatter on the roof. The heavier the shingle, the harder it is for the wind to get underneath, lift it up and blow it off.

As we review IKO shingle products in this Premium Collection, we think you’ll understand what we mean when we say, “Beauty you can see. Quality you can feel. Performance you can trust.”

IKO Armourshake™

IKO Armourshake in Western Redwood.
This color blend shows how closely these luxury shingles resemble genuine cedar shakes.

IKO Armourshake in Shadow Black. 
Here you can see how the thickness and profile of these shingles create the look of hand-hewn wood shakes.

IKO Armourshake shingles are the largest and heaviest shingle we make. They’ll give your home the classic look, charm and warmth of genuine wood shakes at a much more affordable cost. You won’t have the worries of regular maintenance, fire or termite damage often associated with real wood (which may be prohibited by local building codes in your area).

Their elegantly contoured profile, extra-large dragon’s teeth and overall large exposure combine to create the textured, basket-weave look of hand-cut shakes. Available in truly stunning color blends, they redefine high definition to give your home tremendous curb appeal and a lasting look of luxury.

IKO Armourshake roofing shingles are constructed of two fiberglass mats laminated together for strength and durability. Their weight helps them lie flat to resist heavy winds and rain. Thanks to their larger-than-average size, these premium laminated architectural shingles go down fast, to help minimize installation time, labor and cost.

Built-in blue-green algae-resistant granules help keep your new roof looking as great as it performs and a Class A Fire Resistance rating offers you the peace of mind that natural wood shakes can’t.

Warranties:

Limited Lifetime1
Optional Limited Wind Warranty Upgrade of 210 km/h/130 mph1,2
Iron Clad Protection Period of 15 years1

1 See Limited Warranty at IKO.com for complete terms, conditions, restrictions and application requirements. Shingles must be applied in accordance with application instructions and local building code requirements.
2 High Wind Application is required.

Chalet Wood
Weathered Stone
Greystone
Western Redwood
Shadow Black

IKO Crowne Slate™

IKO Crowne Slate in Regal Stone.
In this close-up, you can see how the square cut and gradations combine to create the look of natural slate tiles. Note also how the matching hip and ridge cap shingles accentuate the roofline while protecting vulnerable areas.

IKO Crowne Slate in Royal Granite. 
Here you can see that the look of a genuine slate tile roof can work just as well on a more casual or rustic type of home as on a more stately or formal one.

Genuine slate tiles have been gracing homes and public buildings for centuries, because of the timeless beauty of natural stone and its remarkable durability. IKO Crowne Slate asphalt shingles can give your home the sought-after, high-end look of a genuine slate roof at a reasonable cost and without the challenge of finding a specialized contractor to install them.

They’re much lighter in weight than real slate tiles, and thanks to their oversized exposure, IKO Crowne Slate shingles are designed to go down fast and easy.

Two gorgeous color blends emulate the subtle, yet dramatic, color variations of natural slate and the shingles’ uniformly square profile creates the characteristic cut of quarried, hand-hewn stone tiles. This effect is further enhanced by their dimensional thickness.

Their durable, two-layer construction consists of a lower shim coated with oxidized asphalt and upper dragon’s teeth saturated with modified asphalt, laminated together to form a heavy-weight fiberglass shingle to help resist wind uplift, blow-off and water penetration.

IKO Crowne Slate shingles have special granules embedded in their surface for built-in blue-green algae resistance and protection against UV radiation.

Warranties:

Limited Lifetime1
Optional Limited Wind Warranty Upgrade of 210 km/h/130 mph1,2
Iron Clad Protection Period of 15 years1

1 See Limited Warranty at IKO.com for complete terms, conditions, restrictions and application requirements. Shingles must be applied in accordance with application instructions and local building code requirements.
2 High Wind Application is required.

Regal Stone
Royal Granite

IKO Royal Estate™

IKO Royal Estate in Shadow Slate.
Even modern, minimalist homes like this can be given the “Royal Estate” treatment. The random cut and color blend add much-needed visual interest to this huge expanse of roof.

IKO Royal Estate in Harvest Slate. 
The hand-hewn appearance of natural stone is due to the random cuts of this shingle, as clearly shown in this photo and enhanced by the varying light and dark color shades.

IKO Royal Estate shingles are very similar to IKO Crowne Slate in terms of their luxurious, natural-stone appearance and multilayer laminated fiberglass mat construction for superior weather performance. The main difference is that IKO Royal Estate shingles are designed with a random-cut profile rather than a uniformly square one.

Additionally, four dramatic color blends in varying shades of light and dark combine with this random look of hand-hewn tiles to create a beautifully textured appearance for tremendous visual appeal.

Whether you want your home to harmonize with its natural surroundings or be a standout in your neighborhood, you’re sure to find a color blend that suits your home’s style and your personal taste.

Like IKO Crowne Slate, IKO Royal Estate shingles are also a heavyweight performer yet they’re much lighter in weight than natural stone, for fast and easy installation by qualified roofers. No expensive, specialized contractors needed.

These shingles also offer exceptional weather protection and a Class A Fire Resistance rating for your peace of mind. Special granules provide built-in blue-green algae resistance and protection against potentially damaging UV radiation

Warranties:

Limited Lifetime1
Optional Limited Wind Warranty Upgrade of 210 km/h/130 mph1,2
Iron Clad Protection Period of 15 years1

1 See Limited Warranty at IKO.com for complete terms, conditions, restrictions and application requirements. Shingles must be applied in accordance with application instructions and local building code requirements.
2 High Wind Application is required.

Harvest Slate
Mountain Slate
Shadow Slate
Taupe Slate

Review of IKO Roofing Shingles: Performance Collection

Do you live in an area where severe weather conditions such as high winds, hail, ice and snow storms, frequent thunderstorms and temperature extremes prevail? If so, you’ll definitely want to consider the two options available in IKO’s Performance Collection: IKO CambridgeTM IR with ArmourZone® and IKO Dynasty® with ArmourZone®.

Both of these high-quality, laminated architectural shingles are engineered to provide your home with exceptional protection against wind uplift and water penetration. An extra-thick coating of weathering asphalt around a non-woven fiberglass mat core provides them with superior weather resistance, even in extreme cold. They’re among the most durable shingles on the market.

On top of that, they’ve been fortified with the addition of ArmourZone. What is that?

It’s a 1-1/4-inch nailing surface that’s reinforced by a tear-resistant, woven band that provides more fastening strength over a wider surface area of the shingle. When installers are “in the zone,” the nails they place there are optimally positioned to resist nail pull-through and shingle blow-off, even in high winds of up to 130 mph (210 km/h).

The ArmourZone nailing area and the shingles’ larger-than-average 5-7/8-inch exposure make them a favorite with contractors because they are so quick and easy to install, helping to minimize the time and labor involved.

When activated by the sun’s heat, a special sealant along their bottom edge becomes extra-tacky, further strengthening the bond to offer you maximum protection against wind uplift and blow-off.

We embed colorfast, algae-resistant copper granules into these shingles to help inhibit the growth of blue-green algae that can cause unattractive black stains, streaks and discoloration.

Additionally, IKO Cambridge IR shingles carry a Class 4 Impact Resistance rating, which may entitle you to a discount on your home insurance premium.* Ask your agent.

*This impact rating is solely for the purpose of enabling residential property owners to obtain a reduction in their residential insurance premium, if available. It is not to be construed as any type of expressed or implied warranty by the manufacturer, supplier or installer.

The other difference between the two comes down to the color blends created by IKO’s exclusive, advanced color blending technology.

Cambridge™ IR With ArmourZone®

IKO Cambridge IR With ArmourZone in Charcoal Grey.

IKO Cambridge IR With ArmourZone in Dual Black.

IKO Cambridge IR shingles with ArmourZone are the perfect choice if you want your new roof to harmonize well with your home’s natural surroundings. The available color blends make use of nature-based hues of earthy browns, stone-colored greys and black.

These color blends have a universal appeal that will suit a wide range of architectural styles from traditional homes to contemporary and create a vibe that varies from casual and laid-back to stately and chic.

Warranties:

Limited Lifetime1
Optional Limited Wind Warranty Upgrade of 210 km/h/130 mph1,2
Iron Clad Protection Period of 15 years1

1 See Limited Warranty at IKO.com for complete terms, conditions, restrictions and application requirements. Shingles must be applied in accordance with application instructions and local building code requirements.
2 High Wind Application is required.

Driftwood
Earthtone Cedar
Dual Black
Weatherwood
Dual Gray

IKO Armourshake™

IKO Armourshake in Western Redwood.
This color blend shows how closely these luxury shingles resemble genuine cedar shakes.

IKO Armourshake in Shadow Black. 
Here you can see how the thickness and profile of these shingles create the look of hand-hewn wood shakes.

IKO Armourshake shingles are the largest and heaviest shingle we make. They’ll give your home the classic look, charm and warmth of genuine wood shakes at a much more affordable cost. You won’t have the worries of regular maintenance, fire or termite damage often associated with real wood (which may be prohibited by local building codes in your area).

Their elegantly contoured profile, extra-large dragon’s teeth and overall large exposure combine to create the textured, basket-weave look of hand-cut shakes. Available in truly stunning color blends, they redefine high definition to give your home tremendous curb appeal and a lasting look of luxury.

IKO Armourshake roofing shingles are constructed of two fiberglass mats laminated together for strength and durability. Their weight helps them lie flat to resist heavy winds and rain. Thanks to their larger-than-average size, these premium laminated architectural shingles go down fast, to help minimize installation time, labor and cost.

Built-in blue-green algae-resistant granules help keep your new roof looking as great as it performs and a Class A Fire Resistance rating offers you the peace of mind that natural wood shakes can’t.

Warranties:

Limited Lifetime1
Optional Limited Wind Warranty Upgrade of 210 km/h/130 mph1,2
Iron Clad Protection Period of 15 years1

1 See Limited Warranty at IKO.com for complete terms, conditions, restrictions and application requirements. Shingles must be applied in accordance with application instructions and local building code requirements.
2 High Wind Application is required.

Chalet Wood
Weathered Stone
Greystone
Western Redwood
Shadow Black
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