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Roofing Company Saves Dog Shelter from Closing

When it comes to business, kindness is often forgotten and replaced with profits. In this case, Felt Tight Roofing decided to help the leaking roof of the dog shelter called Wulfren Destitute Pets in Wolverhampton, for free. The manager of the local roofing company felt compelled to help out after he rescued two dogs that would have benefited from being at a dog shelter, and said, “It was obvious Molly and Milly could have had a nicer life if they were in a place like this than where I found them”.

The center for dogs’ chairwoman Jean Gibbons applied in newspapers to ask for donations and supplies, and were completely wowed when the roofing company rang up and said they would replace the roof for free. The center received £480 worth of donations which is being used to go towards materials. The center also has a mobile dog grooming business which helps contribute to the daily running of the center.

The roofing boss, Julian Hadland offered to collect all of the donated supplies using their transport. If it hadn’t been for finding his two dogs on the street in poor condition, this generous offering might not have tugged at the heart strings. Thankfully for the Wulfren Destitute Pets center, Julian and his team came through and are helping restore the damaged roof.

Jean Gibbons also stated, “It never ceases to amaze me the level of generosity and kindness of some people. It’s amazing!”

The center has been running for 30 years and has never put a healthy dog down, but with no roof on the building, the 19 dogs which are homed there would have had nowhere to live.

The work began on July 30th and with the quick donations and the speediness of the roofing company, the dogs and cats which are housed at the center have a water tight roof again.

Roof Vent Designed to Catch Wind

Two brothers, Pat and Chuck Johnson, US roofing company Acrylife, and Virginia Tech research team designed an omni directional roof vent to help preserve reflective roof membranes (cool roofs), as well as conventional roofs from being lifted off or torn from wind damage. Low pitched membrane roofs are the main systems this vent was designed for.

The omni directional vent is designed to capture wind from every direction and then produces suction that keeps the roof membranes in place. The wind is constricted, making it more dynamic as it enters the lower half of the vent and then it is forced upward, this strong wind stream removes air below in the roofing system causing a powerful suction effect.

Chuck and Pat Johnson, principals at Acrylife, came up with the idea in 2002. They took their idea to Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies and College of Engineering research team to help them test and develop the idea.

Acrylife has been using a version into its’ roofing systems it calls Venturi Vent Technology, V2T. The research team is focused on bringing a low cost version that can be commercially manufactured. They are also looking at issues surrounding the use of the vent that will aid roof installers and manufacturers, such as the correct spacing of the vents, and how the vents react to different roof membranes and insulation.

"Pay It Forward" Donations

National Roofing Contractors Association

3 Autistic women in Nutly New Jersey received much needed help with their roof from NRCA’s new Pay It Forward program.

A member of the Nutly Citizens Special Needs committee contacted the National Roofing Contractors Association and explained the need for 18 squares of roofing material for the sister’s home. Two of the seven companies signed up to volunteer came forward, GAF Materials Corp. in Wayne, N.J. donated the shingles and Allied Building Products Corp. of East Rutherford, N.J. helped deliver materials.

If you would like to placed on NRCA’s Pay It Forward program list, please contact them through their website Companies are not obligated to give donations, but you will receive notification of people in your area that need help.

Volunteer Teens Re-Roof House

In east Atlanta Georgia, a group of teens are on the roof with hammers. The students ranging from 6th through 12th grade, and adult volunteers, came out to take part in the yearly project. With 250 volunteers of the Metro Atlanta Project, this is one of the dozen homes these teens plan on re-roofing this summer.

For one week out of the summer, these youths, mostly from area church’s, and sponsored by the Northside Methodist Church, re-roof the homes of the elderly and low income families.

The project has been going on for 12 years with many of the teens returning yearly to volunteer in the sweltering heat to help those in need.

For More Information, Please Visit MetroAtlantaProject

Recreating History for U. VA Rooftop

University of Virginia is undergoing a restoration of Thomas Jefferson’s innovative design of a flat roof over the Academicals Village.

The original roof built in 1817 was designed flat so the water was diverted through gaps in the wood decking and into gutters and cisterns. Jefferson designed his roofs after the French architecture he observed in the 1780’s.

Within 10 years, a gabled roof was placed over Jefferson’s original roof due to leakage.

The new technology, a rubber membrane roof will be installed over a wood structure then a top deck made of hardwood. They will be able to recreate Thomas Jefferson’s original plan with flat roofs creating a raised open walkway with railings. Pedestrians will be able to walk from one pavilion to the other and enjoy the lawns and gardens.

The restoration project is being handled by carpenters from Facilities Management, with the only outside roofing contractor, W.A. Lynch Roofing Co., who will be installing the rubber membrane. They expect the new roof and railings to be completed by mid august.


Youngstown Playhouse gets New Roof Grant

The Youngstown foundation, a community philanthropy organization, has given the Youngstown Playhouse a grant for $20,500 to fix their leaky roof.

The playhouse will tear out and replace the area of roof that has been leaking for several years. A volunteer has been patching the roof, but now it will get a complete roofing repair job. The first step in their renovation plans now that they are debt free.