How to Install IKO Cambridge Tiles

IKO Cambridge Tiles (shingles) are popular for roofing materials because of their durability and beauty. They are made from a fiberglass mat coated with asphalt and covered with ceramic granules making them able to withstand harsh outdoor conditions, including extreme temperatures, wind, rain, and snow. 

If you are considering installing IKO Cambridge shingles on your roof, here is a step-by-step guide to getting you started.

IKO Cambridge Tiles Tools and Materials

  • IKO Cambridge shingles
  • Roofing nails
  • Hammer
  • Chalk line
  • Utility knife
  • Ladder
  • Protective gear (gloves, goggles, and a hard hat, among others)
  • Other necessary tools and equipment (as recommended by the manufacturer)

Step 1: Measure the Roof

Before purchasing the shingles, measure the roof area to determine the number of shingles needed. Calculate an additional 10% to allow for waste and overlap. Be sure to order enough shingles to complete the project, as running out of shingles midway through the installation could lead to problems with color matching and proper overlap. 

Additionally, it is a good idea to measure and mark the centerline of the roof for reference. This will help ensure that the shingles are evenly aligned and the final installation looks symmetrical.

Step 2: Prepare the Roof Deck

Before installing the shingles, ensure the roof deck is in good condition. That means repairing any damage or rot and installing a vapor barrier. 

The roof deck should also be clean and level to ensure a smooth and even installation. If you do not prepare the roof deck properly, it could lead to problems with the shingles, such as curling or buckling.

Step 3: Install the Shingles

Begin at the lower left corner of the roof and work your way up. Align the bottom edge of the first course of shingles with the bottom of the roof. 

Nail the shingles using roofing nails. Continue installing, overlapping the joints between courses by at least 2 inches. Maintain straight lines as you work your way up the roof.

Step 4: Cut and Fit Around Protrusions

You need to cut the shingles to fit around protrusions such as chimneys or vents when you get to the top of the roof. Use a utility knife to trim the shingles to the desired shape and size. To prevent leaks, make precise cuts and ensure that the shingles fit snugly around the protrusions.

Step 5: Install Flashing

Install flashing around all protrusions and along the roof’s edges to protect against water infiltration. The flashing material is typically metal or similar durable material used to cover gaps and seams in the roofing system. Ensure you install the flashing properly to protect the roof against water damage.

Step 6: Install Ridge Cap Shingles

Install the ridge cap shingles to complete the installation. Ridge cap shingles cover the roof’s peak and protect against water infiltration. Ensure you align the ridge cap shingles properly and then fasten them securely. The ridge cap shingles play a critical role in protecting the roof, so it is important to take extra care when installing them.

Step 7: Maintenance and Cleaning

Regularly inspect and maintain the shingles to keep them in good condition. Clean the shingles as needed to remove dirt and debris. Use a soft bristle brush or a pressure washer on a low setting to avoid damaging the shingles.

It is also a good idea to check for and repair any damaged or missing shingles to prevent leaks and other problems. Proper maintenance and cleaning will help extend the lifespan of the shingles and ensure that your roof is safe against the elements.

Installing IKO Cambridge shingles requires some basic knowledge of roofing and construction techniques. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use caution when working on a roof, as it can be dangerous. 

We recommend hiring a professional roofing contractor to ensure a safe and secure installation. However, if you have the necessary skills and experience, you may be able to complete the installation yourself with the help of this guide. Whether you hire a professional or tackle the project yourself, carefully plan and prepare for the installation to ensure the best possible results.

If you choose to hire a professional at Prefered Roofing, we are ready to help you. Call us today at 678-395-6880. We service the entire Metro Atlanta area.