Malarkey Roofing Products®, the premier North American building materials manufacturer, will offer NEX™ polymer modified asphalt in all roofing shingles starting January 1.
All products previously made with Flexor™ and Nexgen™ will now utilize NEX™ technology.
As the industry-leaders in polymer modified asphalt, Malarkey Roofing Products has improved the material’s application for roofing once again with upcycled materials. NEX™ uses upcycled material diverted from the landfill to extract valuable polymers that improve shingle performance. For context, North Americans throw away 30+ million tons of plastic annually. Most ends up in the landfill, as plastic only has about a 9.5% recycling rate. Simply put, upcycling diverts plastic from the waste stream, and turns it into something useful.
“Upcycling is a necessary reality for all manufacturers today,” said Rich Robbins, Vice President of Sales at Malarkey Roofing Products. “We are in a critical position to improve our products sustainably for our customers and the health of the planet. At our scale of production, we can make a demonstrable impact. For instance, each ton of upcycled material prevents seven and a half cubic yards of material and several barrels of oil from entering the landfill.”
Helping Homeowners Be More Sustainable, Too
By sharing this information with homeowners, Malarkey Roofing Products is hoping to help consumers make informed, sustainable decisions when considering their next home improvement or re-roofing project.
On an average-sized home, with a roof of roughly 3,000 square feet (30 roofing squares), that is covered in Malarkey roofing shingles with NEX™ polymer modified asphalt, the upcycled content is equivalent to more than five rubber tires and more than 350 plastic milk jugs.
Malarkey has also recently begun incorporating 3M™ Smog-reducing granules to all roofing shingle lines as well. On the same roofing shingles with NEX™, the smog-reducing granules help to remove smog pollution (nitrogen oxides or NOx) from the air. For the average-sized home and roof, the total smog-reducing capability of the shingles is equivalent to more than two trees.
Integrated throughout a shingle’s surface, 3M’s roofing granules are designed with a specialized photocatalytic coating applied to the base mineral. The specialized coating on the granule is activated by the sun’s UV rays, while blending inconspicuously into various shingle color combinations. As shown in the video, when sunlight hits the shingles containing the smog-reducing granules, radicals are generated and transform nitrogen oxide gases into water-soluble ions improving air quality. This smart solution for pollution mitigation can help communities contribute toward their NOx emission reduction efforts.
History of Sustainable Innovations
Over the years, Malarkey has continually advanced the development of polymer modified asphalt using new technologies to refine the physical characteristics desired for quality shingle performance. Nexgen™ was a blend of Flexor™ Styrene-Butadiene-Styrene (SBS) asphalt with post-consumer polymers. The use of recycled polymers was the next step in the ongoing effort from Malarkey to promote sustainable roofing materials while maintaining a high level of quality. This progressive approach improved asphalt flexibility, granule adhesion, cold weather installation, and impact resistance while promoting sustainable product design. Since 1976, Malarkey has been researching and innovating on the use of SBS polymers in roofing products.
About Malarkey Roofing Products®
Malarkey Roofing Products® is a Portland, Oregon based roofing manufacturer that provides performance-driven residential, commercial, and sustainable roofing solutions with unparalleled service and integrity. Since 1956, Malarkey Roofing Products has consistently valued innovation and is motivated to provide products that are committed to sustainability through long-term solutions, creating value for customers and business partners. For more information on Malarkey Roofing Products, or to find a representative, call 800.545.1191 or visit www.malarkeyroofing.com.
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