It’s no secret that we at Foothills Roofing and Exteriors love Malarkey Roofing Products. In fact, we exclusively install Malarkey Roofing systems on every job.

The reason? Malarkey products have a reputation among roofers as being high quality.


Does Malarkey Produce the Best Roofing Shingles?

Malarkey uses SBS as the core ingredient in every one of their product lines. SBS is a polymer material that blends raw materials such as rubber, plastics, and other proprietary technology. This creates a product that outperforms competitors asphalt roofing materials in many ways.

Malarkey pioneered the use of SBS in their products since the early 1990’s. They were the first to offer an impact resistant rating through Underwriting Laboratories, the leading authority of material quality accreditation.

Malarkey is also known for being an innovator since their inception in 1956. Their products were the first to use fiberglass in shingles and launched the first asphalt roofing product that could withstand the extreme cold temperature of Alaska. The Alaskan was one of Malarkey’s first asphalt roofing products and it gained a significant amount of market share in colder climates.

In this blog post, we will outline the difference of Malarkey’s most popular shingles and help you choose the right one for your roof. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to our roofing experts and we will talk through the best options for you.

Malarkey Highlander Shingles


The Difference Between Malarkey Products: The Highlander

With innovative culture as part of the foundation for Malarkey’s business model, they have been able to learn how to use SBS in all of their asphalt products. Even products not rated as impact resistant.

Their most entry level asphalt shingle is the Highlander. The Highlander is Malarkey’s approach to provide a quality product at an economic price.

Contractors get very competitive pricing for this shingle, allowing them to pass savings onto the customer.

In most recent years, the Highlander was personally developed and worked on by Greg Malarkey, Senior Vice President and nephew of the original founder of Malarkey Roofing Products. Greg Malarkey personally worked on all of the asphalt roofing product lines and considers the Highlander his personal favorite.

Accessibility to the general consumer, a high quality asphalt product, and a competitive price are what make the Highlander a fan favorite.

Malarkey Shingles


The next step up from the Highlander Shingle is the Vista.

The Vista is an asphalt roofing product with an Underwriting Laboratories rating of Class 3 Impact Resistant.

A Class 3 rating is designated for asphalt roofing products that pass a test conducted by Underwriting Laboratories. In this test, the conductor drops a two inch steel ball from 15 feet in the air onto the shingle. If the shingle matt or granules are undamaged, the shingle is rated at class 3.

Many insurance companies offer discounts for class 3 impact resistant shingles. State Farm, Farmers, Liberty Mutual, Acuity, Chubb, and others offer a premium discount if you have this kind of shingle because they acknowledge that your roof is at less risk of hail or other storm damage.

There can be some confusion around the class 3 impact resistant rating. Unfortunately, many roofing companies are misinformed of this product.

They are known to claim any asphalt roof as a Class 3 Impact Resistant roofing product, just because it’s not a Class 4 product.

It’s important for a consumer to know that a class 3 asphalt roofing is an actual designation. Just because you don’t have a class 4 product, doesn’t mean you automatically have a class 3 product.

Malarkey Roofing is the only manufacturer that offers a class 3 impact resistant roof in the Colorado area, through the Vista shingle.

Malarkey Roofing Vista Shingle

Malarkey Roofing is the only manufacturer that offers a class 3 impact resistant roof in the Colorado area, through the Vista shingle.

Is The Vista Better than The Highlander?

The Vista was launched in 2013, making it a relatively new product.

Prior to launching Vista, Malarkey Roofing Products only offered the Highlander and Legacy. The Legacy is a class 4 impact resistant shingle that we will discuss later in this post. The Vista is an exciting product because it gives a homeowner an opportunity to get a high performing impact resistant shingle at a very competitive price.

Malarkey Roofing wanted to serve homeowners in hail-prone areas with an economic, quality option.

In the roofing industry, there are rumors that the Vista class 3 impact resistant roof will hold up to hail better than competitors’ asphalt shingles that have a class 4 impact resistant rating.

Read More: What is Class 4 Impact Resistance? 

Malarkey also had a class 4 impact resistant roof already, so it didn’t make sense to come out with another class 4 roof.

One key difference between Vista and Legacy is the weight per one hundred square feet.

We generally measure roofing by 100 square feet. This is known by roofing professionals as “a square,” or the equivalent to 100 square feet of roofing. The Vista uses approximately 90 shingles per square and the Legacy uses 120 shingles per square.

In other words, the vista uses three “bundles” of roofing to make up a square. The Legacy, however, uses four “bundles” of roofing material.

This additional bundle for the Legacy provides more coverage, and essentially, more protection to the roof.

The Legacy is the highest weighted roof in its class, another reason it’s known as a premium product. Since the Vista uses less roofing material to cover a square, it can be offered at a more competitive price.

Malarkey Legacy Shingle


Is The Legacy The Best Shingle You Can Buy?

The Legacy is a class 4 impact resistant asphalt roofing shingle.

It is arguably the best architectural asphalt roofing product in its class.

Underwriting Laboratories designates a class 4 roofing product by performing a standard test. They drop a two inch steel ball from twenty feet in the air to see if the shingle sustains damage. If the shingle is not damaged, it is designated as a Class 4 impact resistant roof.

The legacy was the first class 4 impact resistant in the asphalt shingle market and launched in early 1995. Malarkey Roofing Products actually collaborated with competitors to assist them in getting the class 4 impact resistant rating.

When a series of class 4 products launched by Atlas Roofing Corporation, Certainteed, and other roofing brands, they felt it important to share this knowledge. Now the consumer can benefit from impact resistant roofing in a larger way!

Malarkey has always operated on a premise of sharing knowledge and keeping the consumers best interest at heart. They believe this is more valuable than hoarding knowledge.

This approach is another reason that Malarkey Roofing Products is a respected leader in the roofing industry, and why we at Foothills are a Certified Emerald Pro partner with Malarkey.

The Legacy can be a more expensive option for consumers because of additional coverage and a higher impact resistant rating. If your budget allows for Legacy shingles, then it would be preferred over Vista. However, the Vista does give the Legacy a run for its money.

If you have any questions about Malarkey products and why we exclusively install Malarkey roofing systems, request a consultation with one of our roofing experts here.