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5 Questions Homeowners Ask About Roofing Shingles

Between our customer service department and conversations with roofing contractors, we listen to a lot of concerns that homeowners have about their roofs. In this post, we will share five of the most common inquiries that we receive. In response, we have provided a short answer (for expediency) and a long answer (because roofing can often be more complicated than it seems).

Will those shingles match my house?

Short answer: Yes, and you can even check beforehand.

Long answer: The style and aesthetics of one’s home can be as unique as the personality of the inhabitant. Yet, we’ve designed our shingles with color blends for the specific purpose of matching a variety of exterior colors and designs. One of the best ways to see if our shingles match your home is to visit our Shingle Design Center, and especially the Roof Designer, which allows homeowners to upload images of their homes to virtually ‘try-on’ different shingle colors and styles. For further design inspiration, check out our roofing shingle home style blog posts, and our Instagram page for more images of our roofs.

Can I just install them myself?

Short answer: No, probably not.

Long answer: Unless you’re an experienced roofing contractor, you probably don’t have the necessary equipment or training to install or replace a roof safely. Roofing, as a rule, can be dangerous work simply because it is conducted at significant heights. We like to compare roofing to landscaping: many homeowners own, and can safely operate a lawnmower, but few will have the specialized tools and skills to cut branches from high up in a mature tree. We recommend hiring an experienced professional for all roofing projects.

Does Malarkey install shingles?

Short answer: No, we manufacture them.

Long answer: As a manufacturer of durable, quality roofing products, we partner with experienced roofing contractors with the necessary craftsmanship to install our shingles. Homeowners can find Malarkey Certified Roofing Contractors in their area on this page of our website. These contractors are certified by Malarkey through a thorough review of installation specifications and best practices.

Should I power wash my roof?

Short answer: We’ve engineered an easier solution so you don’t have to.

Long answer: Homeowners in areas with high humidity and moisture often ask us how to get rid of moss or unsightly black streaks (caused by algae growth) on their shingles. Rather than blasting one’s precious home unnecessarily with water dialed at cyclone-strength, we advise homeowners to consider installation of roofing shingles with granules that prevent the growth of algae, like Vista AR, which stands for ‘Algae Resistance.’ For those still inclined to blast their home with liquid after the installation of our algae-resistant shingles, allow us to save you time by enjoying this video.

Are asphalt roofing shingles green?

Short answer: Yes, literally. And yes, sustainably.

Long answer: As one of our core values, Malarkey manufactures products that are designed to leave the planet green for future generations of homeowners. So, in addition to making actual green, or ‘Rainforest’-colored shingles, we also have completed several successful initiatives to improve the sustainability of our operations and products. These initiatives, among others, include storm water management, waste diversion from landfills, and the inclusion of repurposed materials in our shingles.

With a little insight into the world of roofing, we hope these answers help homeowners make informed decisions about the roofs of their homes. Be sure to consult an experienced, professional roofing contractor with additional questions, and keep an eye on this blog for more updates about roofing innovations from Malarkey.