VALLEY FORGE, Pa. — CertainTeed Corporation has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation to enable them to rebuild their lives. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company's contribution of roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the United States ensures that the homeowners will enjoy a lifetime of indoor comfort and sustainable performance.
“Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation's most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home,” said Bill Ivey, executive director, Homes for Our Troops. “It's an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed's involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time.”
The one-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers onsite to build, paint and landscape.
Each home will be outfitted with a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System™, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance. Asphalt shingle choices will include the durable Landmark™ 30-year color-blended line of shingles with the widest array of colors and backed by an industry-leading, limited lifetime warranty.
CertainTeed is also providing complete interior wall systems for the homes, including Sustainable Insulation® fiberglass batts and a variety of high-performance wallboard. Sustainable Insulation is made from recycled and renewable content, including a plant-based binder, and contains no formaldehydes, dyes, acrylics or unnecessary fire-retardant chemicals. For areas of the home prone to moisture, such as bathrooms and laundry rooms, the team will install M2Tech® Moisture & Mold Resistant gypsum board and Diamondback® GlasRoc® tile backer. CertainTeed Type X gypsum board, which offers a one-hour fire rating, will be used in the garage and mechanical room, and each home’s attic will be insulated with InsulSafe® SP premium blowing wool.
A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.