TAMKO Donates Roof System for Operation Finally Home Project

Wounded Texas veteran Charlotte Ferris and her four children have a new reason to be thankful this holiday season.

Ferris is one of the latest Dallas-Fort Worth area veterans to receive a custom-built, mortgage-free house through nonprofit organization Operation FINALLY HOME, and the generosity of builders and manufacturers including McBee Homes and TAMKO Building Products, Inc.

Last week, Ferris was surprised with a groundbreaking at the site of her new home. Believing they were going for a preliminary interview with Operation FINALLY HOME, Ferris and her family were greeted with a cheering crowd, an American flag flying high over the site and plenty of tears.

This is the first time TAMKO has participated in an Operation FINALLY HOME project, and is donating the roof for Specialist Ferris’ new home. TAMKO has a long history of supporting veterans – veterans make up 15 percent of the company’s workforce, and TAMKO has provided financial and flight support for both the Hero Flights and Honor Flights organizations. TAMKO has a manufacturing facility in Dallas, and a growing corporate extension office in Irving, Texas.

“Specialist Ferris, and others like her, are American heroes, and it’s our great honor to say ‘Thank You’ in this way,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “This is especially meaningful to us because it’s in the Dallas-area that we’ve called home for more than 30 years.”

Operation FINALLY HOME has completed 151 mortgage­free homes and 18 home modifications, and has an additional 50 projects either under construction or in planning.  The nonprofit partners with builder associations, builders, developers, corporate sponsors and volunteers to raise the funds, provide materials and complete the planning and labor for each project. Each home is custom-built to accommodate the physical needs of wounded veterans, and then provided mortgage-free to veterans and widows of the fallen. In addition to TAMKO, this project was made possible through the generosity of several businesses in the region, including McBee Homes, the lead builder on the project, and financial contributors Heritage Real Estate and Roger Williams Automall.

“We are so blessed to work with great builders, builders associations and manufacturers such as TAMKO to lift the burden of a mortgage off the shoulders of our wounded veterans,” said Dan Wallrath, founder of Operation FINALLY HOME. “While Specialist Ferris will not have a mortgage, she has certainly paid a price for this home.”

While deployed in Iraq, Specialist Ferris was driving an armored truck that was struck by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Ferris searched for her crew, who all survived, before realizing her ankle was broken and her ear drum ruptured. She was medically evacuated and underwent surgery.

Ferris was recalled to active duty but was deemed medically unfit due to her injuries. She suffers from PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, post-concussive headaches, an ankle fracture and tinnitus. For her service and bravery, Ferris was awarded the Purple Heart, as well as the Army Commendation Medal and National Defense Service Medal. Ferris and her four children currently live in White Settlement, Texas. Together they enjoy playing musical instruments and having tea parties.

Operation FINALLY HOME and McBee Homes expect Ferris’ new home to be completed in 2019.

“We are deeply honored to have been asked to build a dream home for an American Hero, and even more humbled by the love and generosity shown by all of our employees, sub-contractors and vendors,” said Mearl McBee, founder/owner of McBee Homes. “We had 100 percent participation by every trade in our system in creating a home that Charlotte Ferris and her children will enjoy for many years to come.”

Click here to download photos from the surprise groundbreaking for the Ferris Family.

 For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

 

TAMKO Donates Roof For Patriot PAWS Service Dogs Project

Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a Texas-based nonprofit organization that trains and provides service dogs to disabled American veterans at no cost, will open a new guest home to accommodate traveling veterans from across the country while they’re paired with a new service dog – all thanks to generous donations from a group of manufacturers and contractors, including The Dallas Builders Association and TAMKO Building Products Inc.

The new Patriot PAWS guest home is scheduled to be completed in late 2018. The two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is ADA compliant and can host veterans as they go through the two-week process of being paired with a service dog. During this period, veterans live and train with their dogs at the guest house, before returning home. The service dogs and use of the new guest home are provided at no cost to the veterans.

This project was made possible through donations from multiple manufacturers, distributors and contractors, and through a partnership with the Dallas Builders Association. Builder Captains for this project were Donnie Evans and Gregg McGriff of Altura Homes and Mike Mishler of Mishler Builders.

“Although Patriot PAWS is located in Texas, their impact is felt nationwide, and we are proud to have members who generously help when called upon,” said Sheena Beaver, education director and executive administrator for the Dallas Builders Association. “Without TAMKO’s donation, this project would have been financially burdensome and this beacon of hope would still be just a dream.”

This is the first Patriot PAWS project for TAMKO, but support for veterans is a longtime focus of the Missouri-based building products manufacturer, which donated the roof system for the new facility.“Between Hero Flights, Honor Flights and roof donations for wounded vets, TAMKO has a long history of supporting our heroes,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys. “And we appreciate what veterans bring to the job – more than 15 percent of our employees have a military background. When we heard about the Patriot PAWS organization, we knew that we wanted to find a way to support them in the important work that they’re doing for veterans.”

Patriot PAWS provides a crucial and much-needed service. Patriot PAWS receives around 400 requests for service dogs every month from people across the nation. The process to raise and train a service dog takes approximately two years and can cost up to $34,000. Since its start in 2006, Patriot PAWS has placed 187 service dogs and has 92 veterans on a waiting list.

“We owe veterans far more than we can ever repay, but we’re doing what we can, four paws at a time,” said Lori Stevens, founder and executive director of Patriot PAWS Service Dogs. “We admire companies like TAMKO that realize and appreciate the true value of veterans.”

The service dogs are trained by volunteers, other veterans, inmates in the Texas Corrections System, and students from the University of North Texas. Patriot PAWS’ 3-acre location includes a 25-run kennel facility and a dedicated training facility. Between the training facility and the Prison Training Program, the organization can train about 60 dogs at a time, and places 10 to 15 service dogs with veterans every year.

For more information about Patriot PAWS, visit http://patriotpaws.org/.

For more information about TAMKO, visit www.TAMKO.com.

TAMKO and Aspen Contracting Provide Roofs to Three Homeowners in Need

Three deserving homeowners across the U.S. just got some very good news. TAMKO Building Products, Inc. is once again supporting Aspen Contracting’s annual “Covers 4 Others” program by donating three roof systems to families nominated and chosen by the public to receive a free roof.

Winners of this year’s Covers 4 Others were announced last week and the first of the 2018 winners, single mother Terry F. of Springfield, Missouri, had her TAMKO-donated roof installed the following weekend.

“It’s a good day when we can provide some hope and help ease the burden of people in the middle of difficult circumstances,” said TAMKO President and CEO David Humphreys.

Today, Charles T. of Grandview is receiving a new TAMKO roof in the color of his choice installed by Aspen. He was nominated because of his long history of community service, especially his volunteer efforts with Grandview High School’s theater program. A series of health problems left Charles financially and physically unable to repair his severely-damaged roof.

The third winner of a TAMKO-donated roof is Denver, Colorado widow Beatrice G., who recently suffered a heart attack and has a leaking roof. Her donated roof is scheduled to be installed September 25.

“We realize that there are many people out there who have made a positive impact in the community by serving our country, helping others in need, first responders and even those who may have experienced a hardship,” said Pat Nussbeck, President and CEO of Aspen. “Giving back is a part of our core values at Aspen and support from TAMKO helps us do that to provide top quality shelter in the communities that we work in.”

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

 

Drain Mat Developed for Use in Balconies and Breezeways

TAMKO’s new TW-Drain 220TAMKO’s new TW-Drain 220 is a drain mat designed with core and fabric construction to help keep water out of residential, multifamily and light commercial projects. According to the company, the drain’s unique design allows for quick and simple installation in concrete waterproofing projects.

TW-Drain 220 may be used for above grade applications such as balcony/breezeways. TW-Drain 220’s dimpled drainage core and filter fabric help protect entry points from potential moisture penetration into buildings.

“With TAMKO’s TW-Drain 220, water flows through the dimpled core, rather than building up excess moisture within the concrete. This relieves hydrostatic pressure and leads to better protection for your project,” said Corporate Director of Waterproofing for TAMKO, Brandon Knobloch.
TW-Drain 220 comes in 50-foot rolls with a 4-foot width. TW-Drain 220 can be purchased now from TAMKO’s Columbus, Kansas manufacturing facility with nationwide availability. Mixed truckload orders may be placed with TAMKO’s extensive line of additional waterproofing products.
For more information, visit TAMKOWaterproofing.com.

TAMKO Releases Latest Community Stewardship Report

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. has published its latest Community Stewardship Report reflecting its commitment to integrity and support for the communities in which it operates. The report sets forth TAMKO’s financial and volunteer investments.

“Charitable giving and supporting human dignity has been a decades-long priority for TAMKO,” said TAMKO’s President and CEO David Humphreys. “We aim to benefit the communities in which we operate in a way that reflects our vision, philosophy and values. As a result, our contributions focus especially on education, community organizations, healthcare, youth sports and veterans.”

In 2017, TAMKO and the Humphreys family, which owns and operates the company, provided more than $3.2 million in charitable donations and sponsorships. Among these, Debra and David Humphreys established the Humphreys Scholars Excellence Award with a $1 million gift to Missouri Southern State University in Joplin for academic scholarships for students majoring in math, science, technology and teaching. Also, TAMKO donated $200,000 to the American Red Cross to help aid long-term recovery efforts in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Maria.  Additionally, TAMKO donated building materials to a Homes for Heroes project in Colorado that benefited Sergeant Kristie Ennis, a Marine Corps veteran who was seriously injured while serving in Afghanistan in 2012.

TAMKO employees volunteered more than 20,000 hours of their own time in 2017 at events such as: The Red, White & Blue Banquet in Joplin, Missouri honoring more than 400 local firefighters, EMTs and law enforcement; Field of Honor in Frederick, Maryland which honors those who have died serving our country; and in the Walk to Defeat ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) in Green Cove Springs, Florida where TAMKO employees walked to honor their general manager who is battling ALS.

“As demonstrated by the Community Stewardship Report, TAMKO and the Humphreys family are dedicated to doing the right thing, and a large part of that includes helping our communities to flourish and prosper,” said Humphreys.

To learn more about TAMKO’s giving, you can view or download a copy of TAMKO’s latest Community Stewardship Report at TAMKO.com/about/giving.

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

TAMKO Giving Cash Back Through Pro Rewards Program

TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors are now receiving 1 percent cash back on their purchase price of qualifying products with no limits on how much they can earn. TAMKO’s new cash back Pro Rewards program will run through all of 2018.

“We value the loyalty of TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors and respect the work they do; turning houses into homes, bringing quality and protection to a family by providing a beautiful TAMKO roof,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TAMKO, Stephen McNally.

Cash back through the 2018 Pro Rewards program gives TAMKO Pro Certified Contractors virtually unlimited options for spending their rewards. Once TAMKO Pros reach a minimum 1,000-square purchase of qualifying products, the 1 percent cash back kicks-in for those purchases and all future qualifying purchases including qualified accessories. And, redeeming the rewards is easy.

Qualifying products for the program include TAMKO’s Heritage, Heritage Premium, Heritage Woodgate, Heritage Vintage laminated asphalt shingles, MetalWorks  steel shingles, TAMKO Hip & Ridge, TAMKO 7 & 10 inch Starter, Moisture Guard, TW Underlayment, Synthetic Guard, Synthetic Guard Plus, CoolRidge, Rapid Ridge, Roll Vent and XTractor Vent XLP Turbo.

For more information, visit TAMKO.com.

Perforated Starter Shingle Designed to Save Time and Reduce Waste

TAMKO Building Products, Inc. introduces the Perforated Starter shingle to its roofing product line. Made from fiberglass mat coated with asphalt and surfaced with ceramic granules, the Perforated Starter course shingle is the answer to roofing contractors need for an easy to install starter strip prior to shingle application. The perforation ensures that contractors no longer lose time field cutting shingles to the appropriate size while reducing related waste.

“Roofing contractors need more ways to make their jobs hassle-free,” said Vice President of Sales and Marketing for TAMKO, Stephen McNally.  “With TAMKO’s Perforated Starter shingle, you remove the tedious time-consuming job of field cutting shingles for the starter course so roofing contractors can finish a job quicker with less waste.”

TAMKO’s Perforated Starter shingle is intended for application to the eave or rake edge of a roof to assist with proper alignment of the shingle course. The starter strip also fills in the spaces under the shingle joints and helps the first course of shingles to seal. Perforated Starter comes in a bundle of 16 full-size (13 ¼ inches) perforated shingles to be separated into 32 starter strip shingles (6 ⅝ inches).

Available now to customers nationwide, the Perforated Starter shingle is being produced at TAMKO’s Frederick, Maryland manufacturing facility. The Perforated Starter shingle can be used with TAMKO’s full line of asphalt shingles including the Heritage series laminated asphalt shingles and Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab shingles.

For more information, visit TAMKO.com.

Laminated Asphalt Shingles Have Energy Efficiency Ratings

TAMKO Building Products Inc. TAMKO Building Products Inc. announced that the company’s Heritage series laminated asphalt shingles and shingle accessories in Glacier White (dependent upon the region of the United States) and TAMKO’s Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab asphalt shingles in White and Glacier White are now Energy Star qualified for their ability to reflect a portion of the sun’s rays, potentially lowering the amount of energy needed to cool a home. Additionally, both products have also been rated by the Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC).

“These new ratings for TAMKO products put energy efficient roofing within the reach of even the most cost-conscious consumer,” said TAMKO Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally.

For instance, TAMKO’s Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab shingle is one of TAMKO’s entry-level roofing options, and this includes the Energy Star qualified White and Glacier White color options. With TAMKO’s Heritage® laminated asphalt shingles in the Glacier White color option, it’s possible to achieve the appearance of traditional wood shake roofing with the added bonus of an Energy Star qualification.

According to the company, both Heritage® series shingles and shingle accessories in Glacier White and Elite Glass-Seal 3-Tab shingles in White and Glacier White are available now, dependent on the region of the United States, and some are rated by the CRRC while others are Energy Star qualified.

For more information, visit www.TAMKO.com.

TAMKO Adds Four Shingle Colors in Southeastern United States

TAMKO ShinglesFour new shingle colors are now available for TAMKO Building Products Inc.’s customers in the southeastern United States. The colors, Rustic Brown, Grey Mist, Driftwood and Painted Desert, have been added to TAMKO’s popular Heritage laminated asphalt shingle line and are being produced out of TAMKO’s Tuscaloosa, Alabama, manufacturing facility.

Rustic Brown, Grey Mist and Driftwood are all part of TAMKO’s Classic color collection, and Painted Desert is a part of TAMKO’s innovative America’s Natural Colors collection. According to the company, Rustic Brown features several shades of deep brown, with red highlights and black lowlights to create a warm and classic exterior. Grey Mist is an ethereal combination of light to mid grey tones. Driftwood features a variety of mid-tone browns to create the illusion of deep shadowing. And finally, Painted Desert has a mid-tone golden base, with bold highlights and lowlights in shades of blue, green, red, gold and brown.

“TAMKO’s customers in the southeast U.S. can now enjoy an expanded range of our already extensive collection of beautiful shingle colors for the Heritage line,” said TAMKO Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally.

All four of these new color options can be purchased now in the southeastern United States. For more information on product availability, visit www.tamko.com.

New Hip and Ridge Product Offers Added Thickness

TAMKO Building Products Inc. introduces its new Heritage Designer Ridge TAMKO Building Products Inc. introduces its new Heritage Designer Ridge asphalt shingle. Constructed with SBS modified bitumen technology, the high-profile ridge product is designed to add a look of polished sophistication to finish asphalt roofing projects with style, according to the manufacturer. Two layers of asphalt shingles are laminated together to produce the high-definition appearance of added dimension in the Heritage Designer Ridge, which is up to a half inch thicker than TAMKO’s standard Heritage hip and ridge product.

Vice President of Sales and Marketing Stephen McNally said, “The bold look of Heritage Designer Ridge creates a dynamic design for our customers looking to differentiate their roof project from the rest.”

The new hip and ridge product is available in complementary colors to go with TAMKO’s Heritage and Heritage Premium laminated asphalt shingle line. The product is offered in 10-inch and 8-inch overlap.