DIY Advice

Thinking of installing a new felt roof, repairing your current roof or running some general maintenance tasks to waterproof your building? IKO has the answer whether you want to:

    • Waterproof your house extension roof
    • Protect your garden shed
    • Cover your pet’s kennel or hutch
    • Reduce moisture build-up in a pitched roof
    • Repair guttering channels and down-pipes
    • Damp proof your home from water vapour and ingress
    • Control weeds and external landscaping areas
    • Simply waterproof railings, gates and walls

IKO has the products you need to complete the job.

IKO’s home and DIY range is especially suited for use on garden sheds, outbuildings and domestic roofs, including felts, decorative felt roof tiles (shingles) and a portfolio of repair and maintenance products for roofs, damp proofing and general building protection called IKOpro.

And it gets even better as product packaging has been designed to give you comprehensive and easy to follow instructions as well as advice on other products you will need to complete your project.

Sheds

Today’s sheds are important features in gardens often housing more than garden tools, with many now converted into mini-gyms, workshops or relaxation areas, which it is why it is vital that they are protected from the elements. Selecting a good quality shed felt can prevent leaks and possible damage from rain or snow.

IKO Shed Felt is a traditional bitumen coated roofing felt with a protective and decorative fine green, black or red mineral finish. If you are looking for a longer lasting solution, IKO Super Shed Felt has a longer life expectancy and also comes in a green or black mineral finish.

Both ranges are suitable for:

      • Sheds (large or small)
      • Kennels
      • Hutches
      • Other non-inhabited buildings

Many people choose to use IKO’s range of shingles (IKO Armourshield and IKO Armourglass) instead of IKO Shed Felt as they come in a choice of colours, shapes and are aesthetically pleasing.

In addition IKO provide all the products you need to prepare, prime and apply your roof area including IKOpro Fungi and Algae Remover, a range of IKOpro Primers as well as IKOpro Adhesives.

Garages

Waterproofing of your garage is important to protect valuables such as your car, motor bike, bicycles, home appliances or personal possessions. Taking the time to effectively waterproofing your garage roof will prevent damage from rain, snow and extremes of weather.

IKO Trade Felts are ideal for use on garages and larger non-inhabited outbuildings where a longer lasting built up felt roofing system is required and is suitable for new roofs and refurbishment works.

IKO Trade Felts are suitable for the following to provide an even more robust finish than shed felt:

      • Sheds
      • Playhouses
      • Kennels and Hutches

In addition IKO provide all the products you need to prepare, prime and apply your roof area including IKOpro Fungi and Algae Remover, a range of IKOpro Primers as well as IKOpro Adhesives.

Larger Garden Buildings

Modern homes and alternative spaces can include home offices, studios, home gyms, playrooms, music rooms, dens or additional storage areas. Often these spaces house important equipment, paperwork, toys or possessions and waterproofing your roof is a vital DIY job to complete.

IKO’s easyseal Self-Adhesive Roofing System is a convenient way to quickly waterproof your roof. With accreditation from the British Board of Agrément (BBA .02/3916), it is a two or three layered system (depending on your requirements) consisting of IKO easyseal Vapour Control Layer (VCL), IKO easyseal Underlays and IKO easyseal Top and Cap Sheets that can last up to 20 years when installed according to the fixing instructions.

Alternatively you can use IKO’s Trade Felt is suitable for larger garden buildings as well as garages and is applied using the traditional installation methods.

In addition IKO provide all the products you need to prepare, prime and apply your roof area including IKOpro Fungi and Algae Remover, a range of IKOpro Primers as well as IKOpro Adhesives.

Domestic Flat Roof Extensions and Porches

If you are planning to waterproof the roof of a flat roofed domestic building, the choice of roofing felt is an important decision. A roof that houses a habitable area need particularly robust waterproofing installed by a competent DIYer to ensure the occupants and contents within are protected.

IKO’s easyseal Self-Adhesive Roofing System is ideal for use on houses and flat roof extensions. With accreditation from the British Board of Agrément (BBA .02/3916), it is a two or three layered system (depending on your requirements) consisting of IKO easyseal Vapour Control Layer (VCL), IKO easyseal Underlays and IKO easyseal Top and Cap Sheets that can last up to 20 years when installed according to the fixing instructions.

Ventilating Pitched Roofs

Building regulations have encouraged the development of more energy efficient building construction techniques. Therefore buildings are becoming more air tight via improved draught proofing, double glazing and the use of central heating. The result is an increase in the water vapour content within the building and this combined with better insulated buildings can create a colder loft space and the risk of condensation forming, which can damage the roof construction. To counteract this, it has been recommended to ventilate the loft space to allow water vapour to disperse before it can condense and cause damage.

Normal activities within a building can produce 5-15 litres of water vapour per day. Of this up to 60% can diffuse through gaps in the ceiling, light fittings and loft hatches and enter the roof space.

IKO have a range of pitched roofing membranes depending on the type of roof you have. Breathable (vapour permeable) underlays are for use in ventilated or non-ventilated cold or warm pitched roofs (IKO Rubershield). These are increasingly chosen as they can be used on all roof types.Alternatively you can use a non-breather underlay (IKO Pitched Roof Underlay) in ventilated cold pitched roofs.

The IKO pitched roof underlay range is designed to:

      • Minimise the wind uplift load acting on the slates or tiles
      • Prevent ingress of wind driven rain, snow and dust
      • Transport any moisture from ingress through the primary roof covering in to the roof drainage system
      • Provide temporary weather protection before the installation of the primary roof covering
Liquid Waterproofing (IKOpro)

IKO offers an extensive choice of liquid waterproofing solutions for your roof and those areas beyond, such as railings and gates or walls. Below are just a select number of the products avaiable from the IKOpro range:

IKOpro Acrylic Roof Coat
A comprehensive flat roofing liquid waterproofing solution system.
Watch how easy it is to install.

IKOpro Roofcryl, IKOpro Roof Protector, IKOpro Super Elastic Roof Coat, IKOpro Emergency Roof Repair
The IKOpro Liquid Waterproofing range of roofing solutions caters for every eventuality, from emergency and instant repairs to maintenance and renovation.

IKOpro Black Bitumen Paint
A protective paint for use on external metal, concrete and brickwork.

IKOpro Solar Reflective Aluminium Paint
A bituminous aluminium coating which can be applied to a wide range of substrates to protect against the effects of UV and heat ageing.

IKOpro Waterseal
A transparent waterproofer for use on exterior surfaces to protect against water absorption and frost damage.

View the complete IKOpro Liquid Waterproofing Solutions Range.

Roof and Gutter Repair

The main purpose of a rain gutter is to protect a building by channelling water away from its base. They also reduce erosion, prevent leaks and protect painted surfaces by reducing the exposure to water. Some even collect rainwater for use in a garden.

An essential part of house maintenance is to regularly check gutters for splits or cracks. IKOpro Roof & Gutter Repair Mastic is a highly flexible sealing compound which provides a weatherproof seal. In a handy cartridge, it is easy to apply and ideal for targeting localised problems. As well as gutters, this product is also suitable for use on roofing sheets and flashing.

Damp-Proofing

IKO’s recommended damp proofing product range is IKOpro Synthaprufe. This range consists of three variations:

IKOpro Synthaprufe LAC – Rubberised waterproofing liquid for use as a damp proof membrane and water repellent coating.

IKOpro Synthaprufe Original – Rubberised bitumen emulsion for protection of floors and walls against penetrating damp.

IKOpro Synthaprufe Trade – Waterproof rubberised bitumen emulsion, for damp proofing of concrete floors, foundations and masonry walls.

IKO also provides a more comprehensive range of above and below ground structural waterproofing solutions in the IKO Hyload range, including DPCs, gas resistant membranes and high performance tanking membranes.

Weed Control and Landscape Membranes

Tackling weeds and controlling the extent to which they spread is a key area to consider when creating a new garden building, as well as maintaining your garden. IKO offer fabrics which will help control weeds and also stabilise surfaces to protect the grass and soil beneath whilst allowing drainage and ventilation.

IKOtex is suitable for everyday applications, such as weed control under decorative bark, chippings, stone or gravel. It is extremely easy to apply and offers cost-effective, reliable protection.

Note: IKOtex is not suitable for use under turf.

IKOtex Ultra is suitable for use as reinforcement for paths, patios and driveways. It can also be used to protect sand, grass and other sensitive areas from pollution. It provides good protection for drainage systems and as such can also be used to help insulate garden ponds.