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IKO Introduces Patriot Slate Color in Cambridge AR Architectural Laminated Bitumen Shingle

IKO, a North American pioneer and global leader in the roofing materials business, has just added a new color choice in keeping with New England’s colonial heritage.

According to Director of Marketing, Carol Perkins, “Cambridge AR is IKO’s biggest-selling architectural laminated asphalt shingle. IKO’s Cambridge AR product is heavier (per square) than most competitors’ comparable products for its class in the industry. It also has built-in algae-resistance which is so important for the maritime climate of the Northeast. Cambridge AR is available in an impressive array of colors. So it’s a real challenge to come up with improvements to this particular product.”

She goes on to say that IKO’s engineers have done just that, with their latest color introduction: Patriot Slate.

“The architecture in the Northeast reflects the area’s historical, colonial roots. There are many heritage homes whose owners want the look of real slate without the natural stone’s weight and high cost. Many new homes built in this part of the country also feature that colonial aesthetic.

“The look and color blend of Patriot Slate will appeal to any homeowner wanting to preserve and honor that historical aspect, whether theirs is a heritage home or a new build.”

Ms. Perkins adds that, along with Cambridge AR shingles, IKO’s Hip and Ridge 12 product is also being manufactured in the new color. “Colonial-style roofs typically have a steep pitch. Their rooflines are very well-defined and highly noticeable from street level. Our ridge cap shingles in the same new Patriot Slate color are a beautiful and natural accessory product to enhance such a home’s curb appeal.”

The color technology that IKO developed and patented many years ago revolutionized the roofing industry by virtually guaranteeing consistency from batch to batch and from plant to plant. Color blends with subtle gradations and deep shadow bands, like Patriot Slate’s, could not have been manufactured so precisely otherwise. The addition of algae-resistant granules allowed lighter shades to be integrated into the blends as well.

“For today’s homeowner, the roof has become an exterior design element that commands more attention than ever before,” Ms. Perkins says. “Our Cambridge AR shingles are proven performers and a particular favorite with homeowners and contractors, too. We expect our new Patriot Slate color to be in very high demand.

She encourages homeowners to view Patriot Slate online or to contact an IKO Sales Representative for an actual sample before ordering. For more information, visit

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