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.
With a little research these days, handy homeowners can gain carpentry skills and learn above average techniques to tackle many simple home improvement projects. Roofing repairs and installations however, like plumbing and electrical projects, are best left to professionals. Roofing contractors have the necessary knowledge, training, and equipment to ensure roofs are properly installed.
You may think of hail as simply bouncing off your roof and rolling down into the gutters. You may also think that, unless the hail is the size of a softball and puts a hole in your roof, there may be no damage at all. Unfortunately, most hail damage is subtle at first but shows excess damage over time.
Traditional underlayment is commonly referred to as felt or tar paper, and is made of paper saturated in asphalt. Malarkey’s new SecureStart™ Plus, however, is an advanced lightweight, synthetic underlayment for steep slope residential roofs. SecureStart™ Plus is comprised of five layers which provide secured redundancy and improved durability.
For many years, our loyal contractors asked us when we would create a certification program for residential contractors. Recognizing this demand in 2014, the Certified Contractor Program was created to further strengthen relationships between Malarkey Roofing Products and our customers. Over the years, the program continues to evolve along with the reception from both contractors and homeowners.
Over the years, Malarkey has driven innovations in asphalt technology to help ensure that these granules stay on shingles for longer. Malarkey Manufacturer Representative Kenji Kumai explains the importance of granule adhesion for roofing shingles, and why Flexor™ polymer modified asphalt provides superior granule retention.
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.
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.
At Malarkey Roofing Products, we are devoted to innovating and improving our building materials. The Vista™ AR shingle, which we introduced last fall, includes several key developments in laminated architectural shingles. These shingles, as we discussed in our last post, are constructed with durable layers and provide a clean, uniform look to home facades.
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.