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Advantages of Applying IKO Dynasty Shingles on Mansard Roofs

Mansard roofs are a roofer’s nightmare due to the steep slopes. Applying shingles is difficult and if the shingles are not installed correctly, they are prone to damage during every storm! IKO Dynasty shingles with ArmourZone are most suitable for mansard roofs. Contractors prefer the IKO Dynasty shingles for mansard roofs because of the fastlock sealant and detailed nailing lines.

Mansard Roofs

Mansard roofs are roofs that are having steep slopes on each of the four sides. The roof is so steep that it almost looks like a wall. Mansard roofs comprise two levels of roofs. The lower roof is steeper than the upper roof. The top part of the roof is hardly visible to the people on the ground and appears to be like a flat roof. Mansard roofs are named after a famous architect  from the 17th century, François Mansart. The mansard roofs are very famous for apartments and are chosen for constructions that require multiple storeys. Mansard roofs take the most advantage of the ceiling height and are suitable for commercial buildings.

However, mansard roofs can become very difficult to maintain. They are prone to damages during storms, which are very common in our area. Lack of ventilation in mansard roofs is also a common problem. Mansard roofs are not suitable for areas receiving heavy snow fall. Installing asphalt shingles on the steep part of the mansard roofs is a challenge for roofers.

IKO Dynasty Advantages

IKO Dynasty shingles along with the ArmourZone protection from IKO are the most suitable for mansard roofs. The detailed nailing instructions help the roofers to install the shingles with most perfection.  IKO Dynasty shingles are applied with the ArmourZone which comes with additional instructions for steep slopes. The fastlock bitumen sealant strip is thick and gives a strong bond between the shingle and the surface. For proper product performance, IKO Dynasty shingles are available in wider nailing surface area. The dual nailing lines help roofers to nail according to the specifications and better fastening power.

IKO Dynasty shingles are very hard to remove even after as quickly as within 24 hours. Their superior adhesive power is suitable for the mansard roofs. The flashings used for mansard roofs must also be placed according to the building codes and roofing standards. The roofers must remember that the IKO Dynasty shingles warranty works only if it is installed according to the guidelines and standards. The number of nails for mansard roofs per shingle increases from four to six and the distance between the nails also changes.

IKO Dynasty shingles are manufactured in ISO standard facilities. The shingles have in built algae resistance and have minimum granule loss. IKO Dynasty shingles are architectural shingles are available in beautiful color blends. If you have a roof with steep slop or a mansard roof, contact Olde Town Roofing at 309-517-1676 or 309-738-5550 for options available in your area.

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IKO Armourshake Shingles : Premium Designer Shingles with a Luxurious Look of Wooden Shake Roof

IKO’s Armourshake shingles combine the natural look of wooden shake and impact resistance of premium designer shingles. Armourshake are made with deep cuts and elite color technology which offer the natural look without much maintenance costs. The shingles are heavyweight shingles which offer high wind resistance up to 110 miles per hour winds with Limited Wind Warranty. They can be upgraded to high wind warranty that covers winds up to 130 miles per hour.


Armourshake shingles are chosen by customers due to the high fire resistance. They have Class A fire resistance which is preferable by the homeowners. Armourshake have builtin algae resistance which reflects heat and extensive sunlight. As a result, your roof is protected from mold growth and dark spots over a long period of time. Armourshake shingles are less prone to fading, warping,  or breaking and last longer.

Armourshake is applied with the IKO’s Pro4 roofing system which extends the strength of the roof. Roofing components such as the ArmourGard Ice and Water Protector for eave protection are such examples. IKO provides detailed instructions about installing the roofing components and Armourshake shingles for good results. IKO specifies how the roof deck, eave protection, underlayment, chalk lines, flashings, and nailings must be prepared and installed. IKO gives special instructions for steep slopes and high wind areas. Armourshake shingles are applied in multiple courses for a better result.

IKO Armourshake is available in 37 3/8 inches long, 18 1/2 inches wide and has exposure of 5 1/2 inches. IKO Armourshake shingles have 20 square feet coverage per bundle. The shingles meet local and national standards for granule retention, tear strength, impact resistance, fire resistance, and wind resistance. They are available with Iron Clad protection for 15 years. Ask for special warranty from IKO. IKO shingles are manufactured from recycled materials whenever possible and can meet ‘green’ building categories. Roofing contractors prefer Armourshake shingles as they are easier to install.


Armourshake shingles are available in interesting color blends such as Greystone, Chalet Wood, Western Redwood, Weathered Stone, and Shadow Black. The shingles have a dimensional profile and deep cuts which are preferred by many customers due to the luxurious look.

Check your local associations for the permissions for installing the Armourshake shingles. Contact Olde Town Roofing at 3097385550 for the colors and options available in your area.

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IKO Dynasty – The Best Architectural Shingles in the Market

Consider this recent roofing case. IKO Dynasty shingles were put in 20 degree Fahrenheit temperature on one roof. On another roof, GAF shingles were installed. One week later, GAF Timberline shingles were blown off the roof due to the wind damage. Whereas, there was no damage to the IKO Dynasty Shingles! IKO Dynasty are the best architectural shingles available in the market due to their extreme weather protection, algae resistance, advantage sizes, and excellent curb appeal.

IKO Dynasty is the most popular and widely used shingles from IKO. IKO Dynasty is the shingle that can be installed year round due to its extreme weather protection. IKO Dynasty have Limited Lifetime Warranty and can withstand winds up to 130 miles per hour when applied with High Wind Application.

IKO Dynasty are available in Advantage sizes for application in commercial roofing as well as residential roofing. The bigger sizes make it easier for the roofers to install the shingles and it takes less time to put the roof with the Advantage sizes. There are only 60 shingles per square foot resulting in only 3 bundles for 100 square foot. Contractors love the IKO Dynasty shingles due to the ease and speed with which they can be applied and resulting in customer satisfaction.dynasty9

IKO Dynasty are often applied with IKO Pro4 roofing system from IKO. IKO is the most vertically integrated company in the roofing business. All the components of the IKOPro4 are manufactured by IKO itself which results in a better quality product for the customer. The IKO Pro4 comes with different choices of eave protection, underlayment, roof starters, ridge cap shingles, and starter strips.

IKO Dynasty ArmourZone shingles is another popular choice. IKO Dynasty ArmourZone comprises tear-resistant reinforced woven band which helps to fasten strength for the greater area of the shingle. Release tape is essential that prevents shingles from sticking together. IKO Dynasty ArmourZone has inbuilt algae resistance prevent black spots on your roof. The ArmourZone shingles are made with five strips of sealant to lock the shingles. The fast lock bitumen sealant promotes a strong bond and heat resistance. IKO provides detailed instructions for nailing and installing the IKO Dynasty shingles which are a must for the roofer.

IKO Dynasty shingles are available in seven beautiful color blends such as Appalachian, Sedona, Biscayne, Cornerstone, Pacific Rim, Castle Grey, Glacier. Contact Olde Town Roofing for the color blends available in your area. Choose the IKO Dynasty for a beautiful curb appeal and long-lasting roof!


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Spring is Here – Check Your Roof for Infestation

After a long cold winter, (still going on in Quad Cities!) Spring is the right time to check for infestation in your roof. Some signs are obvious while some are not noticeable, but roof infestation must be taken care immediately otherwise you can see all squirrels, bats, rats, insects, and so on start living in your house.

Look out for signs

Rats and bats under the shingles or in the attic is a common problem. Animals like open spots. Any gap or opening in the fascia, soffit, cladding, siding, vents, windows, ridge, ridge vent, or uncapped chimneys make it easy for the animals to creep in. Any small opening must be taken care immediately otherwise it may lead to bigger damages.

Here are some signs of animal infestation in your home:

Act before it is late

Inspect your roof and seal any gaps or openings. Closing the chimney with a cap is a good idea. Seal the gaps in the excluding cladding or siding. Observe for animal behavior on your roof and electrical wires. Rats tend to chew the roof and wires. Trim all the surrounding trees and keep your roof out of reach. Check your attic for any visible damages or openings.

Animal infestation in the roofs must be addressed immediately. Spring is a good time to start the roof maintenance and prevent further damage or infections due to animal infestation in your roof. Call Olde Town Roofing today at 3097385550 if you suspect any animal infestation on your roof.

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Roofing Underlayment – Why it is important

Underlayment is an important component of the roofing system. Traditional asphalt felts are being replaced by synthetic underlayments. More roofing contractors are chosing synthetic underlayments for durability, walkability, and tear resistance. Underlayment protects the asphalt shingles and adds an extra layer for your protection between shingles and deck.

Underlayment is a critical component of the roofing system. It repels moisture from reaching the roof. Even if you chose a good shingle, if you do not chose the right underlayment, the roof is sure to fail.  Asphalt felt, fiberglass, and synthetic underlayment are different types.  Felt underlayments are prone to wear and tear due to high temperatures and ultra violet rays. Whereas, synthetic underlayment are prone to wicking that is channeling moisture.


Here are the important characteristics to be considered for an underlayment:

  1. Wrinkle free
  2. Slip resistance
  3. Water proof
  4. Walkable in dry and wet weathers
  5. Heavy duty strength
  6. Accurate lay lines
  7. Tear resistance

All popular roofing manufacturers have their own underlayment to match their shingles. For example, IKO Underlayment comes in two varieties – Stormtite and RoofGard Cool Grey. These models are synthetic and easy to apply even in colder temperatures. IKO underlayment are chosen for their strength and flexibility. The IKO underlayment models are resistant to cracks, peels or delaminations. They are also easy to install around vents, dormers, and other roof structures.

Ask Olde Town Roofing for the underlayment options and combinations available. Call 3097385550 for more information.


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