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December 1, 2022 at 9:00 a.m.

By Malarkey Roofing Products. 

This big job at the Lafayette apartment complex wouldn’t have been possible without Malarkey’s environmental consciousness. 

The Foxfire Apartments in Lafayette, Indiana is part of a large complex consisting of 17 units and nine garages. It’s a big job to install roofing for a facility of this size, not something you would expect to be done in the small town of Lafayette. Replacing the 2,400 squares of roofing material needed to cover the buildings in the complex is not for the faint of heart, either. Here is the story of how the shingle installation was made possible by Malarky Roofing Products. This project involved our smog-reducing shingles that have the smog-reduction power of two to three trees per roof installed.  

“The previous roof was comprised of three-tab shingles with significant hail and wind damage. The owners were planning on going a retail route and replacing two roofs per year,” said Ken O’Shea, managing partner at Wabash Valley Exteriors, a Malarkey Certified Residential Contractor in the region. “I walked them through an insurance claim that covered the entire complex,” he added. 

To tackle a project of this scale, Ken has had as many as twenty crew members on the job at once. It is a good thing he did, too. Aside from the necessary manpower required for pulling off old material and installing new, there were a few unexpected challenges for the Wabash Valley team such as having to fish the occasional shingle packaging out of the facility’s pond due to high winds or getting used to using industrial trash chutes on three-story buildings. Adding to their challenge, the filing of two police reports due to three pallets of shingles being stolen was especially frustrating for Ken. 

Sustainable roofing was a key factor in the selection of shingles, especially the specific roofing granules and upcycled material used in NEX® Rubberized Asphalt

“The overall environmental impact and air-cleaning capabilities were major decision factors for the owners,” said Ken. “The potential to save on their insurance premium with an impact-rated roof helped, too,” he added. 

The roofing system installed by the Wabash Valley Exteriors team included several Malarkey products. Field shingles were Highlander® NEX® AR (algae resistant) in the Natural Wood color blend. The Highlander line is Malarkey’s most economical architectural shingle style. Made with industry-leading NEX® Rubberized Asphalt, Highlander® NEX® AR shingles deliver all-weather resilience, a UL Class 2 hail impact rating and include granules that reduce algae streaks and help clean the air of emission pollutants. “My company exclusively offers Malarkey. In a dirty industry, we try to be as clean and green as possible,” Ken said. 

Smart Start™ starter shingles were selected for the first row of shingles to fortify the rest. Also made with NEX® Polymer Modified Asphalt, these shingles also feature a high-grade, rubberized adhesive with exceptional seal-down properties. Smart Start™ starter shingles provide increased wind protection at the eave and rake edges of roof. They also come in the Natural Wood color blend which Ken’s crew used to match the field shingles. 

EZ-Ridge™ hip & ridge shingles capped off the project. Also in Natural Wood, these shingles come in a high profile that adds noticeable roof dimension for enhanced curb appeal. EZ-Ridge™ hip & ridge shingles provide extra impact protection at the more vulnerable high points of the roof and are UL Class 4 rated for impact resistance (the highest rating possible). 

At the conclusion of this project, we learned that one 2,400 square job wasn’t enough for the Wabash Valley Team. They are already working on a similar project for the same property owners in nearby Evansville, Indiana, and Malarkey roofing products will again be along for the ride. 

This is one of the projects featuring smog-reducing shingles that has helped us achieve a goal of installing enough shingles to equal over one million trees of smog-reducing power. 

Learn more about Malarkey Roofing Products in their RoofersCoffeeShop® Directory or visit malarkeyroofing.com 

Original article source: Malarkey



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