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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

How to Maintain Roads and Repair Them?

Road repair is a detailed process and there are a number of different solutions available depending on the surface defect. IKO Permatrack systems are used to treat cracking and crazing, whilst surfacing issues around ironwork… Read More

Road Defects: The Most Common Types

Road defects come in all shapes and sizes and will cause a range of issues for road users. They are mostly caused by water ingress, freeze/thaw and excessive usage from heavy traffic. Over time defects… Read More

What is torch on roofing, and why is it used?

Torch-on roofing is named due to using an open flame torch for the application of the reinforced bitumen membrane. Torch-on reinforced bitumen membranes are used predominantly for low slope and flat roofs. What are… Read More

What is an EPDM roof?

EPDM, or ethylene propylene diene monomer membrane, is one of the most popular single-ply membranes for residential and commercial low slope and flat roof systems. EPDM is essentially a synthetic rubber, making it an… Read More

Cementitious Screed vs Mastic Asphalt Screed

Correct specification of screed for roofing, flooring or car park applications may seem like a minute detail, but it can have significant implications on building performance. Whilst cementitious screeds have been the ‘go to’… Read More

The Best Practices of Flat Roof Build Ups

Over the last couple of decades we have seen a steady increase in thicknesses of insulation being used in construction.  This has, however, had an impact on design in both the new build and refurbishment… 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


IKO has developed a screed solution to reduce the long project waiting times in winter months. Compared to using a traditional screed to create required falls, counter deflection or even out substrates, IKO Permascreed can… 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 dmecking, paving, ballast or bio-diverse (Green/Brown) systems. Any such roofing… 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… 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

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… 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… 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… 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

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