Since 1956, Malarkey has led the roofing industry in manufacturing high quality roofing products that outperform others on the market. Their durability makes them a tremendous value and that’s why Bellevue Roofing Company installs Malarkey asphalt shingles in Seattle and the Eastside.
In addition to their superior products, they are also dedicated to our environment and improving our climate. Malarkey worked with ARMA (Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association) on an Environmental Product Declarations (EPD).
The purpose of the EPD was to better understand the sustainable qualities of a product and its environmental impact over time. With this information, Malarkey put in motion a plan to engineer more sustainable products and use recycled materials to do their part to preserve our planet.
Going green to help the planet
In 2015, all 3 of Malarkey’s manufacturing facilities received Waste Diversion from Landfill certifications from GreenCircle Certified LLC showing their responsible management of end-of-life material.
How was their certification achieved?
Through a combination of innovative ideas, employee participation and commitment to the environment, Malarkey was able to implement methods for diversion and reduction in the following areas.
- Source reduction
- Energy recovery
- Reusing materials to decrease waste sent to landfills.
Engineering environmentally sound solutions
Malarkey was searching for greener solutions way back in the 70s when they started looking at new processes for modifying asphalt to make it more flexible for a longer life span. The result was the first SBS (Styrene Butadiene Styrene) polymer modified base sheet, which allowed for cold weather installation.
This was the catalyst for Malarkey’s NEX Polymer Modified Asphalt Technology (PMA) that combines high-grade asphalt with advanced polymers and upcycled materials to rubberize the shingles for better all-weather performance, better granule embedment and most importantly, a longer life.
Benefits of NEX Technology
- Upcycles materials-recycled rubber and plastics are used to make higher quality shingles, which are stronger and have a longer life.
- Cleaner manufacturing methods-NEX Technology has lower emissions than the old school oxidation process used to make shingles.
- Longer lasting products-Malarkey’s superior granule adhesion protects shingles from sun’s harmful UV rays which ages shingles.
- Less waste-asphalt shingles can be recycled-ground up and used in paving applications.
Real life impact on the environment
Each of Malarkey’s manufacturing facilities use repurposed materials for shingles with NEX polymer modified asphalt. For every ton of recycled plastics or synthetic rubber used in the process, 4 barrels of oil and 7.4 cubic yards of landfill space are saved.
Plus, for every pound of recycled tire rubber used, 1 pound of carbon dioxide is prevented from being released into the atmosphere (carbon dioxide is major contributor to global warming). The average roof with NEX asphalt shingles contains approximately 5 tires and 350 milk jugs.
How 3M Smog-reducing granules work
Malarkey didn’t stop there. They have also incorporated 3M smog-reducing granules in all its shingles. This is how it works-a specialized photocatalytic coating is applied to the roofing granules.
The smog-reducing granules are activated by the sun’s UV rays, which produce radicals that break down the smog particles into water-soluble ions and can be washed away by the rain. This process improves air quality as one standard roof has the same smog-fighting potential as 2 or more trees.
As you can see, Malarkey has been leading the way in green solutions for a long time. In 2016 the company celebrated its 60th anniversary and plans on continuing its pioneering legacy of quality, performance and innovation in the roofing industry.
If you need asphalt shingles on your roof replaced, contact Bellevue Roofing Company for your free estimate. We serve Seattle’s Eastside, including Redmond, Kirkland, Bellevue, Medina, Mercer Island, Issaquah and Sammamish.