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SOURCE IKO Enterprises Ltd.
Leading manufacturer of roofing products puts shingle selector at fingertips of homeowners and contractors
KANKAKEE, IL, March 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - IKO, a North American pioneer in the roofing business, has developed a brand-new app to help homeowners and roofing professionals select the right shingle for any style of home.
Designed to be used on an Apple® iPad®, IKO's new app is based on the company's innovative RoofViewer software tool, which has proven to be very popular with both homeowners and contractors.
IKO, Director of Marketing, Carol Perkins explains. "We developed the RoofViewer software application because research showed us that the most difficult decision for homeowners was selecting the perfect style and color of shingle for their new roof. Our software tool is such a success we decided to take it to the next level by creating this app."
IKO's new app includes all the features of the RoofViewer tool plus enhanced functionality. Users can upload a photo of the home and map out the roof. The app allows them to select all the components of IKO's Pro 4 Roofing System: shingles, roof starter, underlayment, ice and water protector as well as hip and ridge cap shingles.
IKO collaborated with software provider Chameleon Power to build the interactive technology behind the RoofViewer online tool and now the iPad app.
"It made sense for the integrity and design of the software tool to work with Chameleon again so they could seamlessly transfer and enhance popular features from the online tool to the app," says Perkins.
She explains that the next generation of the app will allow homeowners to request a quote on the components they've chosen. They'll simply provide their contact information, address and submit the request which will instantly go to the three ShieldPro Plus contractors who are closest to their geographic location.
"The contractor will be able to save all the information as reference, to create a price quote," says Ms. Perkins. "This will be more convenient and less time-consuming than having to transfer the data by hand and deal with more paper. Busy contractors who are always on the move will surely appreciate having remote access to customers' contact info and selected products."
The RoofViewer app is now available as a free download at the iTunes Store® online store; https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iko-roofviewer/id596044211, or at the IKO website, http://www.iko.com.
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Established over 50 years ago, IKO remains a family-run business, engaged in the manufacture and sale of asphalt roofing materials. It is a vertically integrated roofing company, producing many of the raw materials used in manufacturing its shingles, such as mineral stabilizer, roofing granules, fiberglass strands, and fiberglass mat. Most key components are manufactured within IKO's family of companies, under its own stringent quality assurance. This provides superior quality assurance over all its finished products. IKO has over 25 manufacturing plants throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.
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