Malarkey, Coralville, IowaShingle Blog

We carry 2 lines of shingles here at Country Lumber.
Our preferred line is Malarkey Vista AR. Malarkey Roofing Products as been a family owned business since 1956 operating in Portland, OR. Malarkey is committed to new heights in polymerization and the development of long lasting products.
We currently stock:

Antique Brown
Black Oak
Midnight Black
Natural Wood
Rain Forest
Sienna Blend
Storm Grey
Weathered wood

We also carry TAMKO shingles for a more budget conscious project. Since 1944, TAMKO has headquartered in Joplin, MO and currently has manufacturing and warehouse facilities across the country. Read more




Starting the process of a building project can be very exciting and confusing at the same time. I always get asked where do I begin? What do I need to get started?  Well, the first step is the design and planning of your building project. Whether it’s a garage, deck, remodel, or new home. You will want to get your ideas on paper, so when you start getting bids everyone is on the same page.  Most builders will want to see a scaled drawing. They can start getting bids if they can measure the plans.

When getting started planning your building project, you will want to gather ideas. The internet is a great start. With all the sites out there to choose from there are many ideas available. If you’re not finding what you are looking for, meeting with a Designer/Draftsperson is a great way to get ideas or you may just want to grab some graft paper and sketch something up. All of these are good starting points.

Once you have gathered ideas it’s time to bring your vision to life. Sit down with a Design Professional. Bring all your ideas, pictures, sketches, and notes. They say “a picture is worth a thousand words” and it’s true when it comes to designing a project.

When choosing a Design Professional look for someone with experience. There are many things that need to be considered when designing a building project, especially with new homes and remodels. Finding someone who has knowledge of construction and space planning is crucial. Anyone can make a house look good on paper, but it is structurally sound?  Are the spaces adequate for how you want to use them?

Do not rush! This is a big deal and in most cases the biggest investment you will make. I’ve seen many times people who are in a hurry, rush through the design process and something gets overlooked. You don’t want to be standing in your new home asking yourself why didn’t I think this through. Take your time and ask questions.

Remember this your project, do what you want as you will be the one living in it. People may say “well I wouldn’t do that” and there are some things you probably shouldn’t do, but again this your project. If there is something that is important to you be sure to mention it to your designer so they can work it in to you project.

A good set of plans will save you headaches down the road!

Design Center

Employee Spotlight: Kenny Stodola


I’ve been a lifelong resident of Becker. I graduated from Becker High School in 1969. I worked at Electric Machinery in Minneapolis from 1969-1980. I farmed for 5 years before coming to Country Lumber in 1985. I’ve worked here for 32 years, February 3rd will be my last day of full time employment. I plan to work part-time as long as I can. The picture is my retirement party held at Russell’s last month.

*Though Kenny retired in 2017, he continues to help us in the summers, and is an incredible contributor at Country Lumber!

Condensation in your home

315807334_f57641773eABOUT CONDENSATION

During cold winters, there is a great temperature difference between the inside of a house and the weather outside.  When the temperature drops outdoors, the glass on you windows and doors tends to have lower temperatures than other surfaces in your house, and is the first place that you’ll notice condensation in your home.  This is not due to any defect in your window or door; it’s simply a sign of thea high humidity in your home.  Warmer air is capable of holding much more moisture than cooler air.  When the temperature reaches its dew point, the moisture condenses, attaching to the nearest cool surface.  The first surfaces where you’ll notice this happening is the glass on windows and doors.  Condensation is an unsightly problem.  The last thing you want on your windows is a fog blocking the view.  But the problem goes deeper than that—if condensation is a chronic occurrence in your home; chances are it is accumulating on other harder to see surfaces such as wall and roof cavities.  If left uncontrolled, excess moisture can have serious consequences, including:

  • Mold or mildew
  • Wood rot and warping
  • Roof ice build-up
  • Damp, ineffective insulation
  • Discolored, blistered or bubbling pain
  • Damaging moisture inside walls and attic

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Deck season

azek_vintage_darkhickory_premier_slategray_deck_high-dtWhen it comes to choosing the right deck there are many things to keep in mind. Such as size, location and materials.

The first step is planning. You will want to ask yourself a few questions.  How will I use this deck? Is it a private area for you to relax and enjoy your views or will I be entertaining on my deck?

What is the location or exposure to the sun? Do you want to take advantage of morning sun or evening sun? Decks on the south can get very warm in the evening. In which case you may want to consider a covered deck or screen porch.  Next you will need to check with your local building official on what codes and setback you may have on your property.  Take moment and think about future plans. Someday do I want a hot tub or would I want to turn it into a screened or four season porch? If you are thinking of any of these things you will want to plan for them right away. You will save yourself headaches and money to have the proper structure in place for your future plans. Now it’s time to make bring your deck to life. Having your plan drafted will give you the chance to see you deck before it is build. You will get to see what all your planning has accomplished. Getting a drawing of your deck is the first step in getting a building permit.  Most building official will want to see a set of blue prints of your deck to verify it will meet all local codes.

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