For Brave Veterans in Need, Nothing but a Top Quality Roof Will Do
Metal for honor: Building homes for heroes
It is a very special project for some very special residents: Based in Fallbrook, Calif., the Warrior Village Project is building affordable, permanent housing for homeless U.S. veterans while training the next generation of home builders in the process. The nonprofit organization is currently building two 400 square-foot cottages that will be installed as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs or ‘Granny Flats’). The ultimate goal is to build enough compact, highly efficient homes to populate one or more pocket neighborhood cottage communities designed to house local San Diego County veterans in need.
The Warrior Village Project brings together students interested in learning the building trades and industry associations, businesses and private sponsors, and volunteers, all for the extraordinarily good cause of building cottages to address the urgent need of providing housing for homeless veterans. Under normal circumstances, and with a very tight operating budget, this would be challenging enough. However, in the midst of building the first two cottages with a team of 23 students from San Marcos High School, the Covid-19 pandemic hit. With schools shut down and social distancing measures in place, the timeline and momentum to move forward with the project also took a major, albeit temporary, hit.
Spotlight on MRA member Boral Steel®
Yet neither the pandemic nor a delay in schedules could stop the dedication of committed partners and volunteers from helping veterans who have so bravely served their country. That includes Boral Steel®, a leading stone-coated steel metal roofing manufacturer. The company donated the needed roofing material for the first two cottages, and provided training, tutorials and mentorship for the roof installations while making sure the steel cutting and bending equipment was available to do the job. Installed over 30-lb asphalt saturated felt by a team of volunteer contractors who stepped in to help, the lightweight Boral PINE-CREST Shake stone-coated steel roofs will offer the structural strength of steel, maximum longevity and low maintenance for many decades to come.
Ensuring the cottages are as energy efficient and comfortable as possible is also a top priority for the project, which makes Boral metal roofing a particularly good solution. Considered “cool roofs” and installed creating Above-Sheathing Ventilation (ASV), the metal roofing material delivers high total solar reflectance and high infrared emittance, keeping homes cool and saving energy by re-emitting most of what solar radiation is absorbed. Plans for future cottages include potentially installing rooftop solar panels and metal roofing will be an ideal platform for those systems, given that it has a longer lifespan and is strong and durable enough to support them.
Thoughts from the Experts: "Boral offered us a choice between some of their popular profiles and colors. Wounded Warrior Homes selected the PINE-CREST Shake in Country Blend, an option that mimics traditional shake roofing" says Mark Pilcher with the Warrior Village Project. "The Boral roofing is not only beautiful, it is a much higher quality roof than we would have been able to afford on our tight budget."
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