Roofing Business Talk
First, I found out about a Michigan Class Action Suit.....
An attorney firm filed a lawsuit, putting together a Class Action suit on behalf of Michigan residents.
Also, 2 other States are now involved.....
Below are some documents that we have filed with the court regarding the class action lawsuits against IKO shingles.
COMPLAINTS: A Complaint is the document that initiates a lawsuit. We have filed Complaints in across the United States alleging that IKO shingles are defective and homeowners are entitled to be paid to replace their damaged IKO shingles.
Complaint: New Jersey
Complaint: New York
Michigan residents file class action lawsuit against IKO Shingles
Posted in April 30, 2009 Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â¬ 3:35 pmh.adminNo Comments Ãƒâ€šÃ‚Â»
Halunen & Associates, along with partner law firms, has initiated a class action lawsuit against IKO shingles on behalf of Michigan residents. The Complaint alleges that IKO designed, manufactured, and sold defective shingles to homeowners in Michigan. The shingles at issue in the case are curling, cracking, falling off buildings, rapidly deteriorating, and otherwise not performing as promised. The lawsuit further alleges that IKO did not take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation. The lawsuit seeks damages for the cost of replacing the defective shingles, labor, disposal and other related expenses. This lawsuit is filed in the State of Illinois, the one of the places that IKO manufactures shingles.
You can read a copy of the Complaint.
Halunen & Associates is in the process of filing similar lawsuits nation-wide in order to asssit homeowners in recoving costs associated with repairing their roofs as a result of IKOÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s allegedly defective shingle products. Contact us to tell our office if you have any problems with your IKO shingles.
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thanks for that ed.... looks like my trust in my suppliers word just went out the window!
We put on a combination of certainteed, gaf/elk, oc and IKO... looks like we will be cutting back to 3 out of 4 of those now!
this does not supprise me. Iko's are not well liked in Massachusetts either.
I take it your not installing them. I recall a while back you mentioned you attended one of their seminars with Grumpy and were considering trying them.
I used them for 25% of one roof that a new home owner was buying and would finish off the rest of the roof with the same if and when they call to have the roof finished.
They could only afford to do the section that I failed during an FHA Inspection at that time though.
Might just have to replace the whole thing if it goes longer than a few years
wasnt there some sought of law suit against PABCO? Dont know about then, but now i find them such an awsm shingle!!
If you look hard enough I think you will find almost every manufacturer has had a class action lawsuit.
Does anyone know about how long ago these shingles that are budding this lawsuit were installed?
I have been considering trying IKO recently based on price, but I guess most of the time you get what you pay for.
rooferj, your right but the damn general contractors luv em & keep buyin em!
most of the lumber yards of already got rid of them.
too many problems and they dont handle them very well.
Anybody that buys these are just in it for the money.IKO are junk . The guys that buy these shingles are also useing .99 cent tar in a tube. They do not care about what they are doing or the custormers they are doing the work for. Watch out america dont buy from canada.
Sanroof is correct, every major manufacturer has probably had a class action at one time or another, and not just in the roofing industry. From what I found, the law firm trying to initiate the class action against IKO has also done the same to other majour manufacturers. Class actions are like a retirement fund for these lawyers when/if they get settled.
We've used a fair amount of IKO. I see nothing obviously wrong or defective with their product. I've asked our roofing crew about them multiple times and they have no issues with them. They have over 70+ years of roofing experience so I trust their judgement.
We're using Certainteed and OC a lot right now, they both seem to be high quality product. But Certainteed has had some issues in the past as has GAF.
Fairly wide brush you're painting with there thorroofer with several of your statements. Rather foolish really.
I have many Certainteed Custom Sealdon 30 roofs failing right now. At the time of installation I thought they were a good quality shingle. I've learned you can't judge how a product will perform based on how it feels out of the package.
Thanks for making my point. Aside from checking for obvious flaws, it would be near impossible to determine how a shingle will perform over a life of service. If you ask 100 roofers from across the country to rate IKO, CertainTeed, GAF/Elk and OC for example, I'd bet you get a reasonably even statistical distribution. Of course, you could utilize hard scientific facts such as "junk made in Canada" for reaching a conclusion.
Shingles are a bitch of a product to manufacture. It is easy to imagine how a few process steps can vary slightly that alter the end product. Then you consider the variables of handling, shipping and storage prior to making it on someone's roof. I'm frankly amazed there aren't more problems than what we end up seeing.
Actually what a lot of the problems come down to is the organic shingle variety. there are made on recycled newspaper that if not perfectly satuarated in ashphalt they will absorb water unlike fiberglass mat. The old time organic shingles were made on a rag felt that was very good quality unlike today. There are a lot less problems with fiberglass but they got a bum rap from the early 80s when a lot of them cracked. Also its how they handle the claims and complaints that get roofers and home owners fired up.
IKO did not handle complaints very well and pissed off a lot of installers, owners and distributers.
IKO handle complaints? hahaha!!! Have you looked at their literature lately? They can't even get their advertising materials to match the color the of their own shingles. That said. We haven't had any problems with them..yet! Last year Ike rolled through Ohio. A lot of GAF and Tamko roofs went flying. I miss ELK
RooferJ is 100% right. IKO's warranty says if it is not leaking they ain't fixing it, which all manufacturers warranties say. But most manufacturers will pay something along the lines of the proration period. But lets not forget about the Organic Horizon and Independence class action law suits. It was aesthetics only and not leaking, Cert. wouldn't pay unless you made some noise.
Never ever will I use IKO. GAF all of the way. You got roofers who use the 99 cent tube of tar and you got roofers who care enough to buy the tube of NP1
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