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LaDonald Bryant’s roof leaked so badly that it caved in, letting water and dirt stream into his bedroom. Almost nothing was salvageable – bed, cloths and furniture all destroyed.
The 72-year-old disabled widower had no money for repairs. Then he heard about the Chattanooga Community Housing Development Organization’s roof replacement program.
“The roof speaks for itself,” Bryant said after getting his new roof. “I am very proud of it.”
Bryant is among 17 homeowners who had their roofs replaced in 2012. This year the housing development organization plans to repair up to 25 roofs through its roof replacement program.
Roofs in 2012 cost from $3,000 to $8,000 to replace, said Roya Evans, the organization’s president and executive director.
Funding for the program increased from $110,000 in 2012 to $130,000 this year.
“There is such a great need out there,” Evans said.
Sandra Gober, the city’s community development director, said the organization likely won’t have enough funding to meet the demand.
“Although the organization was able to serve 17 homeowners [in 2012], they had over 100 calls for assistance,” Gober said.
All homeowners who apply must have low incomes. A family of four can earn up to $46,000 a year and still qualify.
Preference will be given to people who are age 65 and older and those with health issues, Evans said.
Bryant said he was in and out of hospital because the moisture and dirt that got into his house aggravated his lung disease. He has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
“It seemed like it exacerbated everything wrong,” he said. “If I had a little cough, it was tripled, nose running, sickness of the stomach.”
Water leaked in his house for six months before the roof finally caved in.
The water smelled putrid, Bryant said.
Evans expects to start roof inspections in mid-July, with repairs and replacements beginning in late August, she said.
She hopes that replacing some roofs will lead to more home improvements in neighborhoods. Repairing one house on a block sometimes prompts other homeowners to pay more attention to their homes, Evans said.
People who qualify for a roof but are not helped this summer will be put on a waiting list for assistance when more funding becomes available said Evans.
Jonathan Dixon, president of Innovative Construction and Remodeling LLC., said replacing a roof can keep a family from being homeless.
“If the roof goes, the house goes,” Dixon said. “The roof is the life of the house.”
Top 4 Ways to Protect Your Roof From Damage
Roof damage can range from rust and small rainwater leaks to holes caused by ice dams. It is a serious problem because it leaves your house much more vulnerable to the effects of the elements. The good news is that you can take effective and affordable measures for protection by calling Chattanooga Roofing Service. Check out the best ones and apply them timely.
1. Run Frequent Comprehensive Checks
If you live in an area with a cold winters and frequent summer storms, you should run full inspection in the spring and in the fall. If you live in a place where hurricanes are common, you should do it before the hurricane season comes.
When you get up, watch out for damaged, curling or missing. Inspect the metal sections and components for rust. Pay close attention for fungus and algae growths. These are usually small spots whose color ranges from grey to green. Don’t forget to check the flashing too. It should be completely solid. Check the mortar and/or caulking for cracks.
If you notice even the tiniest of problems, opt for roof repair right away. The sooner you act, the better protected you will be. This will also help you save money.
2. Trim Tall Trees Regularly
If you don’t do this, branches can be broken during a storm or heavy snowfall and cause substantial damage to your roof. You will benefit from working with a specialist who can trip the trees to be safe and look great at the same time. In general, you should not have trees too close to your house. When you decide to plant new ones, choose species which can withstand heavy winds and snow.
3. Keep the Gutters Clean
Cleaning the gutters once or twice a year is sufficient in most cases, but you may have to do it more often, if you live in a place with lots of tall vegetation. An alternative solution is to install gutter guards. Consider models which are resistant to damage and have openings which allow rainwater to flow from the roof to the gutters at a high rate. The sloped protectors work better for keeping leaves and other debris off the gutters compared to the flat ones.
4. Install Reliable Attic Insulation
This measure, along with timely roof repairs, is intended to minimize the risk of ice dams. They are formed when the snow on the roof is melted by the heat coming out of the attic. Good-quality insulation will keep the heat inside the house, thus protecting the roof from damage and will make your rooms warmer and your energy bill down.
The most popular types of attic insulation are loose fill and batts. The choice between the two depends on the structure of your attic and roof. When it comes to the material itself, it should have high R-value and be highly resistant to water damage and mold. It makes sense to invest more in better-quality insulation which you will be able to keep for a long time to come.
With proper maintenance, your roof will be in great shape and require repair much less often than usual.
Call (601) 368-8484 Jackson Roofing Service for your free estimate. We provide roofing service for new roof installation, metal roofs, roofing repair, tile, shingle or flat roof, gutter installs and any type of roofing service throughout the Jackson, Mississippi Metro Area.