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Building Regulations

The Government issues practical guidance on ways to comply with the functional requirements in the Building Regulations. These are outlined in a series of ‘Approved Documents’ published by the Department for Communities and Local Government. Relevant documents for roofing and waterproofing applications can be viewed by following the relevant links below:

Why is choosing the right gutters so important?

Membrane lined gutters have now been used in the roofing and cladding industry for many years. These can be in the form of single skin, insulated and composite gutter systems. When designed and installed correctly… Read More

IKO Spectraplan TPE verses TPO Single Ply Membranes

TPO’s (Thermoplastic Polyolefin) have been extensively used within the single ply roofing industry since the early 90’s and had been developed from Polyethylene membranes which were being installed in ground engineering applications such as tunnel,… Read More

6 Reasons to Consider a Rooftop SuDS Solution

Making the most of your flat roof areas using a Rooftop SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage System) can make good sense when used in the correct application with the correct specification and installation. Rooftop SuDS are… Read More

Life Expectancy of Single Ply Membranes

Single Ply Membranes are often considered to be new technology when in fact the first single ply roofs were installed over 6o years ago. The membranes have evolved since then with the introduction of PVC… Read More

Wind Load on Flat Roofs

The calculation of wind loads on a roof is an essential part of the design process. The designer must ensure that the installed roof system is able to resist the wind load induced by a… Read More

What is the fire rating of single ply membranes?

The fire rating of a single ply membrane is determined through standardised testing methods, which take into account the complete flat roof system from the structural deck upwards. There are different fire ratings for construction… Read More

Offsite Construction Methods and Their Benefits

The construction industry is turning more and more to offsite construction methods and the trend will become even more popular in the future. The main reasons behind this are the tighter build programmes, higher levels… Read More

Rainwater outlets in flat roof design

A lot of rain is falling onto flat roofs, and from the dawning day of the flat roof, it always has done. So the question is when dealing with the problem of flat roof drainage,… Read More

How to select the right roofing cap sheet?

What is a roofing cap sheet? Roofing felt also known as reinforced bitumen membranes (RBMs) comes in many types and for every budget. They are an effective way to waterproof flat roofs of various buildings… Read More

Why do I need to waterproof a car park?

Car parks offer the simplicity of leaving your car somewhere that should be safe and secure, but in order to keep the actual structure safe, secure and waterproof the build-up and structures are far from… Read More

What is a Single Point Guarantee?

Single point guarantees are often preferred by specifiers and building owners, as the responsibility for all the elements of the guarantee, including workmanship defects, material quality/performance issues and design input, is placed with the product… Read More

Can you provide thermal insulation guidance?

The roofing works to be carried out will need to comply with the requirements of Building Regulations 2000, Part L (Revision October 2010) in England & Wales, or The Building (Scotland) Regulations 2004, Section 6… Read More

What is the BRE Green Guide?

The Green Guide is part of BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method) and is an accredited environmental rating scheme for buildings. It was first published in 1996 and today contains more than 1500 specifications used in… Read More

Issue 9: Ballasted or Buried Roofs

The following guidance should be followed when a flat roofing area is to be overlaid with a permanent system such as heavy duty timber decking, paving, ballast or bio-diverse (Green/Brown) systems. Any such roofing project… Read More

Issue 8: Preparation of In-situ Concrete Decks

Concrete Specification In-situ Concrete for roof decks shall be specified and produced in accordance with BS EN 206:2013 and installed in accordance with BS13670:2009 and the National Structural Concrete Specification. Normal Weight and Lightweight concretes… Read More

Issue 7: Rippling In Spectraplan TPE Membranes

Spectraplan TPE membranes can exhibit surface rippling, particularly with changes in temperature, the effect is also noticeable when the daylight changes from dispersed or diffused light of a cloudy day to direct sunlight. This is… Read More

Issue 6: Roof Maintenance Guidelines

All Polymeric Membranes 1.0  General Roof maintenance, as with any part of the building, is essential in order to comply with the waterproofing system guarantee and to ensure maximum performance and life expectancy. 2.0  Access… Read More

Issue 2: PVC coated lightning conductor tapes

IKO Polymeric do not recommend the use of PVC coated lightning conductor tapes on IKO Armourplan PVC roofing systems as the PVC coating can cause plasticiser migration from the waterproofing membrane. Plain tapes should… Read More

IKO Launches New High-Performance Insulation Board

IKO has bolstered its insulation range with a new, high-performance PIR product for flat roofs. Thanks to its high compressive strength and low lambda value, IKO enertherm GOLD improves heat retention and requires minimal thickness to achieve… Read More

Behind The Scenes of IKO Appley Bridge Plant

Having just celebrated his 29th year work anniversary at IKO, Kevin Green, UK Manufacturing Manager for Bituminous Membranes, gives an insight into operations at our Appley Bridge plant. With responsibility for managing 65 people as… Read More

IKO Shortlisted for Two NFRC Awards

IKO PLC has been shortlisted in two categories for the upcoming National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) UK Roofing Awards 2020. Chosen by an independent judging panel, thearket-leaders of roofing, waterproofing and insulation products, has… Read More

IKO – Committed to Fire Safety

IKO pays close attention to the fire resistance of our products, both our roofing membranes and insulation boards are manufactured to be fire-resistant. With the all new IKO Mach Two, this is no different. Read More

What are the Alternatives to Concrete Screed?

Mastic asphalt screeds offer a variety of benefits that make them a preferred alternative to traditional concrete screeds. Screed specification will depend upon the requirements of the individual project. There is not only the basic… Read More

IKO Recognised as a Considerate Constructor

Having been encouraged by Willmott Dixon, IKO is delighted to announce that site assessments by the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) have been completed and IKO is now an official member. The CCS is a not-for-profit,… Read More

BMF BMBI Q1 2019 Report and Comment – OUT NOW

Roofing Expert, Paul Owen Commercial Director – Distribution Division IKO comments exclusively for BMBI on Q1 2019. The first three months of the year were very strong for the roofing sector with Q1 2019 sales… Read More

Re-thinking Flat Roofs

Charity Fields in Trust has compiled a ‘Green Space Index’ which has calculated 2.6million people in the UK live more than 10 minutes’ walk from a local park. What’s more, the average amount of green… Read More

Why Specify Mastic Asphalt?

Mastic asphalt is a durable, hard-wearing, moisture-resistant material. Capable of offering a service life of at least 50 years, mastic asphalt is suitable for a variety of applications, including flooring, flat roofing and car park… Read More

IKO Contractor Recognition Awards

We know that our products are only as good as the contractors who install them so we would like to show our appreciation to our valuable customers who stand above the rest and make us… Read More

IKO Wins Big in Major Roofing Awards

IKO PLC is delighted to have won the award for ‘Best Large Scale Project’ at the recent National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NFRC) UK Roofing Awards held on 10 May in Central London. Read More

IKO Shortlisted in Major Roofing Awards 2019

IKO PLC has been shortlisted four times in this year’s prestigious UK Roofing Awards. Hosted by the National Federation of Roofing Contractors (NRFC) the awards recognise and reward the best roofing projects… Read More

New Shevington Sharks Shirt Unveiled by IKO MD

The Group Managing Director of IKO PLC, Anthony Carlyle, joined Ian Robinson, Chairman of Shevington Sharks ARLFC for the unveiling of a commemorative shirt. Shevington Sharks is the third oldest amateur rugby club in the… Read More

A Hot Topic in Schools

Research indicates that student performances deteriorate as the temperature and humidity rises inside the classroom. There is no doubt that thermal comfort plays a significant role in the abilities of children to operate and maintain… Read More

Going Above and Beyond with IKO

For over one hundred years, IKO has produced solutions for flat roofs, pitched roofs and the waterproofing industry. Now, IKO offer UK manufactured insulation solutions to compliment this range of systems. Across each of the… Read More

IKO Carrara Aids Cool Roof in Coolock, Ireland

Requiring a roofing solution that would assist with the internal cooling of Coolock Library in Ireland, Dublin City Council specified IKO Carrara, a highly reflective roofing membrane designed to reflect radiant energy from the… Read More

Cleaner air for swimmers in Ireland

A swimming pool complex in Ireland is not only keeping occupants sheltered from the weather while using its facilities, its roof surface is also protecting the environment from nasty carcinogens in the air. An innovative,… Read More

Adhered Roofing Applications in Cold Weather

Use of adhesives in winter months The winter months pose various issues for roofing trades especially when installing adhered single ply membrane systems. Generally both PU adhesives and contact adhesives are not recommended to be… Read More

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