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National Roofing Week: Woman with MS Receives Free Roof

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This National Roofing Week, we spotlight contractors and how they are giving back to the communities they serve. One important initiative is the No Roof Left Behind program that many contractors, as well as GAF, support. Balken Roofing from Ashville, North Carolina, is a contractor member of the program and just installed a new, free roof for a deserving family in their community.

After receiving nominations and combing through many applications, Balken Roofing narrowed the list down to four finalists. The public voted for Carol Ellis to receive the new free roof. Carol has multiple sclerosis and is wheelchair bound. Her daughter, Amber, who lives with and cares for her, nominated her mother for the new roof. Owner Bob Balken said her existing roof was in a state of disrepair. He said it was about 20 years old, had two layers of roofing material on it, was leaking, and had a damaged soffit.  “It touched my heart so much that we had such a deserving family that ended up winning,” says Lauren Balken, marketing director for the company.

Carol chose Timberline® American Harvest® Shingles in Appalachian Sky for her reroof. Balken Roofing worked with other vendors and sponsors on the program and held a block party in honor of the event.  The family also received new gutters, insulation in the crawl space, and a sun tunnel in the shower to make it easier for Amber to assist her mother with bathing.

“It’s really inspiring that we band together with other contractors across the country who want to give back to their community in the same way,” says Lauren.

Watch the television news report from the local ABC station on this story.

Do you have a story to share about how you have given back to the community this past year? Share your programs and events in the comments below.

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  1. Lindsey Hill @ideas roof repair Maryland

    As I know National Roofing Week takes place every summer. Its mission is to share the good deeds of the industry and increase awareness across the U.S. about the significance of roofs to every home and business.
    I read some where that National Roofing Week also promotes the importance of hiring a professional roofing contractor and making informed decisions about maintaining or replacing any roof system.

  2. Roofer in Findlay

    I love reading about these types of projects. I have been trying to get a few contractors in my area to start something like this to build a home or two in the community. Hopefully I can pass along this article as a selling point to get started.

    Thanks for all your work!

  3. Jason Arrington

    I am doing research on a joint project with some other sub contractors in central Florida for people that need housing. I am pleased that you guys are lending a helping hand to others we need more of that in the industry.
    Many times in the building industry we get busy and behind on projects so its hard to find time for more work. I see the need to reach out into the community to help others. Roofing has afforded me a lifestyle I never thought I would have. I know I can spare time and money for others.
    Thanks for the great article

  4. Ben McEwen

    Hey great job guys
    That sounds like a great roofing company using an outstanding product to serve their local community.
    thanks for giving back

    Ben McEwen
    President of AAA Roofing and Property Management Inc.

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