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What Makes the Windsor® a Designer Shingle?

Designer shingles, such as Malarkey’s Windsor® line, are produced for homeowners that are especially concerned with the roof’s appearance as well as a reliable asphalt shingle. The unique cut to the dimensional shingle creates an attractive, dramatic look, modeled after a traditional cedar shake roof.

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Polymer Modified Asphalt Roofing Shingle Options for Homeowner Associations

Helping to ensure that a residential community looks its best, functions safely, and operates smoothly are all goals often at the core of many homeowner associations. Similarly, the characteristics best exemplified by Malarkey’s polymer modified asphalt roofing shingles are presentation, reliability, and durability. For individual homeowners seeking to improve the presentation of their property, upgrading their roofing materials to, designer, polymer modified asphalt roofing shingles can greatly increase curb appeal with added performance and peace of mind over time. For groups of homeowners, like those in homeowner or community associations, the same is true, but also includes a few additional benefits. 

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Spanning the Color Spectrum with Brown, Clay, and White Solar Reflective Shingles

In bright, sunny climates, homeowners have been previously limited to clay tiled home designs or white coatings applied to asphalt shingles to combat the sun’s rays. Today, with the assistance of modern asphalt innovations, Malarkey can utilize specially engineered roofing granules for solar reflectivity to offer a wide variety of roofing shingle color options to match the home and help keep it cool.

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Roofing’s Role in the FORTIFIED Home™

To help safeguard and strengthen homes from extreme weather conditions, such as hurricanes, high winds, hail, and severe thunderstorms, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has created the FORTIFIED Home™ program. The IBHS FORTIFIED Home™ construction standards and methods go beyond emergency and disaster preparedness to improve the resiliency and reliability of the whole structure in severe conditions.

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What is the Difference Between Architectural and Three-Tab Shingles?

One of the most common designs for asphalt roofing shingles has been the three-tab shingle; but architectural shingles are a reliable alternative. The three tab is commonly a flat, single-layer shingle. Architectural shingles, also referred to as laminate or dimensional shingles, have multiple layers laminated together with an adhesive for enhanced profile and performance.

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Add Value to Your Home with a New Roof

One of the most effective ways to increase the value of your home is with the installation of a new roof. Compared to other home improvement projects such as updating large appliances or converting a closet to a bathroom, installing a new roof tops the list for increasing the value of your home. In addition to increasing the value of your home, installing a new asphalt shingle roof offers other benefits that make the home improvement project worthwhile.

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The Importance of Roof Ventilation

Malarkey shingles are designed and engineered to beautify and protect a home. As part of the roof system, the shingles and underlayment limit the impacts of weather and exterior elements on the structure. Much like wearing a waterproof jacket, shingles and underlayment act as a protective membrane, but require ventilation from heat and moisture beneath. Without proper ventilation, many problems can arise, including a reduction in service life from the shingles themselves, according to Dr. Joseph Lstiburek of the Building Science Corporation.

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What to Look for on Your Roof this Winter

During the winter season, homeowners should pay special attention to their roofs and problems caused by wintry weather. Snow, sleet, ice and rain will all test the fortitude of a roof’s construction, materials and their installation. A roof can experience ice dams, icicles, avalanches and even collapse under the impacts of the season, so it is in the best interest of the homeowner to pay special attention.

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Homeowner's Guide to Laminated Architectural Shingles

Laminated architectural shingles, also known as dimensional shingles, are manufactured with an enhanced profile to produce a three-dimensional appearance on the rooftop. These shingles complement a wide variety of home facades because of their depth and wide range of colors. To retain design continuity, homeowners turn to laminated architectural shingles to create a uniform appearance.

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