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The History of Malarkey Roofing Products

The History of Malarkey Roofing Products


Since its origin in 1956, Malarkey Roofing Products has been an innovator. It began as The Herbert Malarkey Paper Company producing card stock paper rolls, which evolved into felt paper for the roofing industry. Within 4 years the plant was expanded to manufacture the company’s first shingles, marking the official launch of the roofing division. While Michael Malarkey took over the reins as president of the company in 1975, Malarkey Roofing Products installed
the first random lay fiberglass mat machine in western North America and the first twenty year single warranty was born. During his childhood, Michael had traveled to Germany where he was introduced to the process of modifying
asphalt with polymers for use in roll roofing. Polymers allowed the asphalt to bend and flex with the fiberglass, reducing issues of wrinkling and ushering in the next era
of built-up roofing. In 1977, armed with years of research and development, Malarkey Roofing Products introduced the first SBS polymer modified base sheet in North America. That same year, the company released the first metric fiberglass shingle in North America. The move to larger metric dimensions allowed contractors to cover more area with less shingles and triggered the conversion of
the entire industry to metric-sized shingles. Years ahead of the sustainability
curve to come, Malarkey partnered with the city of Portland and installed a methane recovery pipeline from a nearby wastewater treatment plant, which helped
power their manufacturing facility and reduce natural gas consumption by over 80%. In recognition of this innovation, Malarkey received the State of Oregon Governor’s Energy Award for Outstanding Achievements in Energy Conservation. With the success of polymer modified commercial systems, Malarkey introduced the first SBS polymer modified roofing shingle. The rubber-like characteristics were well suited to the cold weather and high winds of the Alaskan coastline, where the new shingle earned its name, The Alaskan®. The next year, Malarkey began production of SEBS mopping asphalt for commercial roofing systems, which provided improved adhesive
characteristics and resistance to UV degradation. During that year, Malarkey also began independent testing that showed The Alaskan® withstood winds of
110 miles per hour, setting a standard that remains a benchmark for shingle
performance in North America. In 1994, Malarkey produced the first 3M Algae Block shingle, featuring granules designed to prevent the black streaks on shingles caused by algae growth. Carrying on the success of The Alaskan® shingle, Malarkey added the first laminate shingle to the SBS polymer modified asphalt shingle line. After observing installation issues with architectural laminate shingles throughout the industry, Malarkey took on the task of
re-engineering the product design. The Malarkey team tapered the shim and
enlarged the nailing strip on laminate shingles to prevent leaks due to troughing
and ensure the contractor had the opportunity to fasten shingles quickly
and correctly every time. This revolutionary design was patented as The Zone® nailing area and went on to earn the company the Outstanding Service Award from the Western States Roofing Contractors Association. As sustainability came to the forefront of environmental concern, Malarkey released their first solar reflective shingle to address the effects of heat islands and
rising temperatures. Looking to add a designer shingle to their product line, Malarkey began their work with roofing contractors to re-engineer the designer shingle. Over the next two years the Windsor® polymer modified asphalt shingle was engineered to incorporate designer looks with ease of installation customized to fit contractor needs. Hi, I’m Greg Malarkey, I’m third-generation member of the Malarkey family and we’ve been building roofing products for over 60 years. One of the great things about
being a family business with six decades behind you, is that you can look back and see the impacts that your business and your family have had on the industry. The innovations that we’ve made
over the years have laid strong foundations for future products and future
production that is responsible not only to the needs of the environment but all of our neighbors and friends that depend on our roofing to protect the things they cherish. We are very proud of our products, our people and our services. Thank you very much for your support.

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