Malarkey asphalt shingles have a strong following among roofers, especially on the West Coast and in the Pacific North West.
Malarkey shingles also get good ratings from homeowners. The consensus is that Malarkey products are a premium shingle at a higher price than most, but backed by an above-average warranties.
Malarkey Legacy Storm Grey Shingles
The brand has a reputation for quality over quantity, part of the reason it doesn’t enjoy the same name recognition as GAF and CertainTeed. Roofers know it, and we thought you should too as you consider the best asphalt shingle brands.
Are Malarkey Shingles the Right Choice for Your Roof?
Our research includes pros and cons, costs and a comparison Malarkey shingles with other shingle options in good, better and best categories.
Here is why contractors, inspectors and homeowners give this brand ratings that are in the top tier of all shingle brands. Let’s start with what roofers like.
The Malarkey Secure Choice roof system
While Malarkey asphalt shingles can be installed with roofing products from other brands, roofers and homeowners have the choice of building a roof from the deck up with Malarkey products designed to work together.
This brochure (PDF) shows the Secure Choice System with available options.
Malarkey Secure Choice System
GAF is at or near the top of the best-selling asphalt shingles list. Is GAF’s enviable market share the result of consistent quality and performance, or is it driven by a large marketing budget that helps cover its flaws? Let’s explore.
GAF Woodland_Shingles Roof
There are obvious things to like about GAF – the wide selection of asphalt shingle styles and colors are sold nationally, and if you need more of the same shingles five or ten years later, they will likely be available.
On the downside, it is well documented that GAF, like most other shingle manufacturers, sometimes denies warranty claims that seem legitimate. The company settled a major class action lawsuit over warranty claims on defective shingles manufactured from 1998 to 2009, primarily at one plant. Let’s dig deeper.
Are GAF Shingles the Right Choice for Your Home?
This investigative look at GAF shingles is for homeowners who considering GAF products and want to do their due diligence before making a roofing material decision.
This gives you the perspective of contractors that have installed GAF for decades, home inspectors that have inspected hundreds of GAF-covered homes and homeowners that live with GAF shingles on their roof every day.
Let’s look at GAF shingle pros from the three perspectives mentioned: Installers, inspectors and homeowners.
Why roofing contractors like GAF shingles: There are a couple reasons that most roofers are happy to install GAF products, and some swear by them.
- The GAF complete roofing system: When you purchase mechanical systems, an HVAC system for example, it’s important that the components such as the condensing unit, indoor coil, gas furnace and the thermostat control are designed to work together. The result is optimized performance.
Components of GAF asphalt roofing system
GAF – The Lifetime Roofing System
For most homeowners looking to do a re-roofing job on a budget while maintaining a fairly attractive look and weather tightness of their home, a composition shingles roof aka asphalt is perhaps the most plausible, simple, and cost-effective solution.
In a highly competitive residential roofing market saturated with numerous options, asphalt shingles are by far one of the most popular choices.
While not as durable and long-lasting as some of the more premium roofing materials such as metal, cedar shakes, slate, or clay tiles, asphalt shingles can provide an adequate protection and sufficient aesthetic appeal at only a fraction of the cost of other systems.
In this guide you will learn about advantages and disadvantages of composition shingle roofs to help you decide if this popular roofing option is the best fit for your home.
Two Types of Asphalt Shingles:
Asphalt shingles come in two types: organic and fiberglass:
Old School Organic shingles are based on paper (waste paper) saturated with asphalt to make it waterproof, with coatings of adhesive salt and ceramic granules embedded on top. Fiberglass shingles are made with a base layer of glass fiber reinforcing mat. This mat is coated with asphalt, which contains mineral fillers and makes the shingle waterproof.
While organic shingles are more durable than fiberglass ones, they are more flammable and hence more prone to fire. They are less environmentally-friendly due to their high asphalt (oil based) content.
Fiberglass shingles offer excellent fire protection. Today, fiberglass shingles are more commonly used and are slowly, but surely, replacing the organic shingles.