How to install IKO roofing

Updated February 21, 2017

IKO is the commercial name for a type of asphalt roof tile. Roof tiles made of asphalt are one of the most popular roof covering solutions. Asphalt tiles are inexpensive, fairly durable and easy to install. Also, their neutral colour complements any home and makes the roof more attractive. There are many different types of IKO asphalt products, from fibreglass-based tiles to laminated and slate tiles. If you want to cover your roof with IKO tiles, simply choose the style you want and follow the installation guidelines.

Measure your roof to see how much material you will need. You can do it by measuring the sides of your house and then calculating the approximate area. When you have the square metres of your roof, divide it by 3 to get the number of bundles of IKO shingles you will need. Add 15 per cent for mistakes, waste, rakes and ridge caps.

Check the condition of the roof's wooden construction before installing the under layer and make any repairs if necessary.

Install the under layer for the IKO shingles. This layer can be simple tar paper, felt or another one that is compatible with IKO tiles and recommended by the manufacturer. Roll out the under layer across the roof, making rows that overlap by 5 cm (2 inches), and staple each row to the roof using a staple gun. Note that you can install IKO roofing over existing roof tiles.

Lay a strip of starter tiles at the eaves first. This will be a backing or a base for the first row of tiles and a water dam for the roof as well. Let the tiles in the starter strip hang over the edge by 9 mm (5/8 inch).

Fasten the IKO shingles with a minimum of four fasteners per shingle. The fasteners should be installed below the sealant strip and above the cutout. If you are laying laminated shingles, install fasteners in the nail line. For the fasteners, use roofing nails recommended by the manufacturer or indicated on the package. Use either a hammer or a nail gun. For IKO shingles, nails are considered to be a safer and stronger option than roof staples.

Draw chalk lines along your roof to ensure that you are installing IKO shingles in straight rows. The chalk line should be every15 to 25 cm ( 6 to 10 inches), depending on the size of the IKO shingles you are using.

Continue installing row after row of IKO asphalt tiles on your roof. Start from the bottom edge and work your way up to the ridge. For a proper pattern, check the instructions on the package of your particular IKO tile model.

Trim any tile overhang on the row of shingles on the edge of the roof. Cut the tiles with tin snips.

Install ridge caps all along the ridge of your roof. Fasten them in place the same way as the other tiles.


Do not peel off the thin plastic film on the back of IKO tiles. Its purpose is simply to prevent the tiles from sticking to one another in the package. IKO has a variety of colours, sizes and shapes of roof tiles from which to choose. If you can't decide which style would be most suitable for your roof, consult architectural websites that deal with home designs or try a computer simulation. If your house is in a warmer climate, check the official IKO website to see what you can do to enhance the performance of your roofing.


Use all safety precautions when working at heights, especially if you are installing IKO tiles on a very sloped roof. Wear anti-slip soled shoes and other safety equipment.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer or nail gun
  • Roof nails
  • Chalk
  • Tin snips
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