Around this time of year, people prepare to give out goodies to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. But some roofing companies are going above and beyond, assuring homeowners there are no tricks — just a new roof from a qualified contractor to protect them from the elements.
In that spirit of giving to others, we're shining a spotlight on some of the roofing contractors who recently gave back to their communities with donations of free roofing services.
Roof EZ Donating Three Roofs to Florida Families
Following the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian, Roof EZ decided to help three families in need by giving away three roofs. CBS-affiliated WINK caught up with Jason Polly, owner of Roof EZ in Cape Coral, Fla., who has been busy tarping and working on homes since the Category 4 hurricane struck.
“This is the worst hurricane that’s ever hit Florida. And I worked Irma and a couple of others. And this has just been, it’s so widespread, shingles blown off, tiles were blown off, holes in roofs from a tree falling,” Polly told WINK.
In light of witnessing the devastation firsthand, Polly was inspired to do more. Roof RZ is partnering with two other businesses to donate three free reroofs to residents who submitted an entry to them via social media or email.
Roof EZ has posted the life-changing calls made to the recipients on social media. View one of the calls below.
Dunning Roofing Helps Improve Home of Alabama Veteran, Cop
In a heartwarming story from NBC-affiliated WSFA, a community came together to help thank an Alexander City, Ala., veteran and police officer with major home improvements. According to the story, Staff Sgt. Donald McCook was having trouble filing an insurance claim for his roof. That's when Dunning Roofing CEO Andrew McGreer stepped in to help.
"It was a lot of money to fix it and was well beyond what we anticipated and so I decided to say, ‘Look there are people in life who deserve things and as a Purple Heart recipient, I just knew we needed to do something for this man,’” McGreer told WSFA.
McCook served 15 years in the Alabama National Guard's 21th Military Police Company and is a Purple Heart recipient after being wounded in Iraq. In addition to replacing his roof, 45 volunteers and other companies came together to pressure wash, paint, landscape and more to improve his home. The total value of the home makeover is $50,000.
Rhino Roofers Donates Roof to Texas Army Veteran
U.S. Army veteran Ygnacio Castillo of San Antonio, Texas is among the latest deserving veterans to receive a new roof thanks to the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project. In a story from ABC-affiliated KSAT, Rhino Roofers of San Antonio provided the labor to install a new roof free of charge for the veteran while Owens Corning donated the materials needed. Owens Corning worked with Purple Heart Homes to select Castillo as a recipient.
Launched in 2016, the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project works with its Platinum Preferred Contractors and organizations like Purple Heart Homes to deliver new roofs to veterans around the country. More than 375 roofs have been installed through the program.
Georgia U.S. Army Reserve Veteran Given New Roof by Platinum Roofing
In Columbus, Ga., workers with Platinum Roofing also recently took part in the Owens Corning Roof Deployment Project to donate a free roof to U.S. Army Reserve veteran David Rodriguez.
CBS-affiliated WRBL reports Owens Corning and Platinum Roofing worked with Habitat for Humanity to select Rodriguez. A veteran has to fall within a certain income range and own their home to qualify, according to Habitat officials.
“It wasn’t really leaky, but it had some hail damage on several, quite a few shingles,” Rodriguez told WRBL. “I’m just thankful to Habitat for Humanity and to the veterans program that supplements, you know, [repairing] the roof and everything. And the people, they’re doing a super job.”
Roofing USA Seeks Submissions to Provide Teacher with New Roof
As part of its "Covering Our Community" initiative, Roofing USA in Mount Pleasant, S.C., is asking for the public's help in identifying a local teacher in need of a new roof.
“Roofs protect and shelter us through the worst of nature’s circumstances and sometimes a dependable roof, like a dependable teacher, is taken for granted,” Brian Tice, owner of Roofing USA, told NCB-affiliated WCBD. “Gifting a roof is providing security to teachers and their families who sacrifice so much for us. We wanted to find a way to help important members of our community this holiday season, so we decided to do it in the best way we knew how: through our experience in roofing.”
Submissions will be accepted through Nov. 23 through the company's website. The winner will be announced in early December.