Barkhamsted veteran, family get a new roof, home improvements

Kennith Bogan

BARKHAMSTED — Sunny weather conditions Thursday created it a great day to put in a new roof on Tom Tribou’s property. It also was a best day to deal with the chimney and swap the skylights, and by midday, substantially of the perform was just about comprehensive.

The do the job all was component of the Owens Corning National Roof Deployment Task. Rhino-Back again Roofing in Simsbury, K&G Masonry in Farmington, Payne’s Disposal, Velux (skylights) and Metro Roofing Source donated their time and components to mend the substantial, white ranch residence where by Tribou life with his spouse and 5 young children, ages 7 to 17.

Tribou, a Maritime veteran, explained the dwelling experienced additional difficulties than they recognized when they 1st moved in — the roof leaked, the chimney was crumbling and the skylights essential repairs. “Right right after the closing, the roof was leaking. We received quotes to repair it, and it was in between $10,000 and $20,000. It was a great deal of income,” he mentioned.

His spouse, Monica, heard about Owens Corning’s undertaking, and entered Tribou’s identify. “She assumed, why not, let’s consider it,” claimed Tribou.

Mike and Lisa Trouern-Pattern, owners of Rhino-Back Roofing, perform with the Owens Corning roof challenge to uncover recipients of the free of charge repairs to veterans’ homes. Rhino-Back again is an Owens Corning Platinum Roofing Contractor.

“They experienced buckets all more than the household, the roof was leaking so lousy,” Mike Trouern-Craze explained. “We understood this was going to make a significant variation to them.”

“It’s a good program, for the reason that it assists the home owner get the get the job done that demands to be finished, carried out,” stated Logan Greisinger, spot profits supervisor for Owens Corning.

Originally, the job was only for the roof repairs, Trouern-Pattern explained. But the growing older skylights also became component of the task, when Rhino-Again realized those people also had been in lousy form.

Then the chimney was inspected, and they understood that was an additional crucial maintenance. “K & G Masonry got a quotation, and changed the chimney for cost-free,” he claimed. “When we located out about the leaky skylights, Metro Roofing Supply presented to exchange them, but then the maker, Velux, preferred to donate them instead. So they joined the task.”

Rhino-Back again and Owens Corning, by means of a partnership with Habitat for Humanity North Central Connecticut, finds recipients for every single fix job.

“Each household is evaluated for need, and they’re assigned to a partner with Owens Corning — in this scenario, that was us,” Trouern-Craze claimed. “Owens Corning contracted all the components.”

Tribou was confused by all the activity and grateful for the operate that was becoming completed. “Financially, it’s been rough,” he reported, outlining that he is retired and has publish-traumatic stress problem after his practically 10 decades in the assistance. “After a while, you begin wondering nobody’s likely to aid any person. But there are excellent folks out there in the planet.”

Owens Corning is wanting for other veterans to assist. For far more data on the Roof Deployment Undertaking, or to find out a lot more about how to get associated, email [email protected].

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