CertainTeed Corp. has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially-adapted homes for severely injured U.S. army veterans. The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company is contributing roofing, insulation, and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the U.S.
"Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation's most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home," said Bill Ivey, executive director of Homes for Our Troops. "It's an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed's involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time."
The one-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items including lift systems, keyless door entry, and voice activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint, and landscape.
Each home will be outfitted with a complete CertainTeed Integrity Roof System™, comprised of underlayments, shingles, accessory products, and ventilation all working together to provide optimum performance. CertainTeed is also providing complete interior wall systems for the homes, including Sustainable Insulation® fiberglass batts and a variety of high-performance wallboard.
A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.
For more information about Homes for Our Troops, visit www.hfotusa.org.