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Six homes to receive donated roof replacements

A home in Marshalltown is slated to get a brand new roof free of charge early next week.

Feller Roofing has partnered with GAF and Habitat for Humanity to provide materials and installation of six new roofs in Marshalltown before the end of 2020.

“GAF is donating the materials and we are donating the labor,” said Feller Roofing regional manager Matt Gannaway.

He said the Habitat for Humanity of Iowa identifies the people in need who cannot afford a new roof. The roof work to be done next week will take place because Gannaway said there is a lot of leaking and while the weather conditions are not ideal for roofing, they want to help the family out.

Josh Dank, the construction manager for Habitat for Humanity of Iowa in Marshalltown, said the first house to be worked on is located southeast of Woodbury Elementary.

“The family could use the roof because they have interior work that needs done,” Dank said.

The remaining five roof replacements will take place in the spring and summer of 2020.

Feller Roofing is a GAF Master Elite and Certified Contractor that is eligible to participate in the donation program. The company is the only one selected to participate.

“We are thrilled not only to be able to offer this contribution to an organization creating affordable housing, but also to be able to reinforce the efforts of our Master Elite and Certified Contractors as they strive to support the communities in which they live and work,” said Jim Slauson, vice president of GAF Certified Programs and Services

The roofs are not necessarily connected to natural disasters that are covered by insurance, such as hail damage or the July 2018 tornado.

“A lot of people in town can use a new roof,” Gannaway said. “We just want to help out our community.”

The people who live in the homes selected by Habitat for Humanity will have the opportunity to pick out the colors of the metals and the shingles for the roofs.

He estimated that each roof replacement will take two days and each is estimated to cost from $8,000 to $10,000. Gannaway said he usually has seven or eight people on a roofing crew but is also hoping some church and community groups will volunteer in the effort during the warmer months.

“GAF and Habitat for Humanity do a lot to give back to communities,” Gannaway said. “A new roof is a big investment and an expensive one. A lot of families are not able to afford it and they could use an extra helping hand.”