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Malarkey Shingles

Malarkey shingles have a strong following among Alberta roofers. They also have first-class ratings from Edmonton homeowners.

Malarkey started in 1956 and has a long-lasting reputation for superb shingle quality. 

 

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Why Malarkey's Legacy is the Best Roofing Shingle? 

Malarkey's Legacy is a high-performance architectural shingle line. 

Malarkey's Legacy roofing shingles are the best high-performance asphalt shingles. They are smooth to install and can last up to 35 years. The Legacy shingles have two significant advantages: superb quality and subtle but revolutionary designs. 

High Quality

The amount of asphalt used gives an asphalt shingle its thickness, weight and adds to its strength. Up to a point, heavier shingles outlast lighter ones. However, the most critical factor is the quality of the asphalt. High-quality asphalt is almost always flexible and less brittle.

Finely pulverized minerals (fillers) are added to the asphalt to give shingles toughness and body. These tiny minerals increase the lifespan of the shingle. Not enough fillers cause shingles to become soft, and they can scuff easily, leaving black marks on the roof. The right amount of fillers makes shingles flexible and desirable. 

Next, granules are adhered to asphalt, adding colour and a layer of protection from UV rays. High-quality roofing shingles often exhibit strong granule adhesion, which increases their lifespan.

Over the years, Malarkey has developed its roofing shingle technology and came up with the NEX Polymer Modified Asphalt for all of its shingle products. They utilize polymers from repurposed materials to enhance shingle performance. In particular, this technology improves shingle flexibility, granule adhesion, cold weather installation, and impact resistance.

Revolutionary Designs to Prevent Shingle Blow-off

A 2,500 square feet roof requires over 6,000 roofing nails. The correct placement is time-consuming since most roofing shingles have a narrow nailing zone - 3/8"  or 1/2". High or low nails result in shingle blow-offs, common in Edmonton after a heavy windstorm. 

Malarkey created The Zone to eliminate the inherent conflict between fast installation and accurate nailing. The roofing shingles are equipped with The Zone to have a 1-3/4" nailing area, about up to three times larger than an average shingle. 

An additional advantage of The Zone is that they provide a significant reduction in blow-back leaks. Blow-back leaks happen when a rain seal (the glue line at the top of the backing strip) is breached. When this happens, water-blown can leak behind a shingle. 

Class 4 Impact Resistance Shingles

In 1996, property insurance industry experts teamed with the Institute of Business and Home Safety (IBHS) and the Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL) to develop the UL 2218 classification.

UL 2218 set a national standard for roof impact resistance by rating roofing materials from Class 1 through Class 4. Class 4 in the highest and the toughest.

During a Class 4 impact resistance test on asphalt shingles, a 2” diameter steel ball is dropped two times from 20 feet onto the shingle to simulate an impact from hailstones. This process is then repeated in six different places. A shingle passes the test if it does not show any visible evidence of tearing, fracturing, cracking and splitting.

The Legacy is Malarkey's premium shingle line. The Legacy asphalt shingles have a Class 4 impact resistance rating. 

Are Class 4 asphalt shingles hail-proof?

The short answer is no. Asphalt roofing material is not hail-proof; however, homeowners in hail prone areas can reduce their risk of impact damage by installing Class 4 shingles.

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