Since Peterson Roofing, Inc. began operations in 1978, James W. Peterson’s family business has always donated at least one roof every year. He did this through the help of local municipalities, historical societies, and other groups near Mt. Prospect, Illinois, just outside Chicago. By 2013, the company had grown to become a full service exterior company, and expanded its reach for a deserving homeowner in need of a new roof.
“About a week after this discussion, we were contacted by No Roof Left Behind,” said company vice president, Jim Peterson, Jr.
No Roof Left Behind is a nationwide program that gives community members a way to help neighbors that have fallen on hard times. The No Roof Left Behind program provides a local contractor the framework to provide a new roof at no cost to a deserving homeowner in need.
“[No Roof Left Behind] already had the website, marketing materials and voting mechanism in place, so we decided to get on board,” said Peterson Jr. “It has allowed us to continue to give back to the community that has been so good to us for almost 40 years. We do almost no advertising and depend almost solely on word of mouth referrals, so giving back is the least we can do for the community that has been the reason for our continued success.”
Since becoming involved with No Roof Left Behind in 2013, Peterson Roofing has already given away eight free roofs.
This year’s recipient was Muriel Weinrich of Palatine, Illinois. According to the Journal & Topics Newspaper, Muriel is a 95-year-old homeowner and widow, now living with her 70-year-old daughter, who uses supplemental oxygen. Muriel has a history of charity as a longtime member of the community. Seeing that her existing roof was in need of major repairs, Peterson Roofing stepped in.
“We decided to use the Malarkey Vista™ AR Midnight Black shingles for this year’s installation. We have been aware of the Malarkey Vista shingles and heard good things. However, we have yet to use them and thought this would be a great opportunity to try out the shingles and get some feedback from our installers,” said Peterson Jr.
The Vista™ roofing shingle is made with Nexgen™ polymer modified asphalt that utilizes quality reclaimed materials. Recently, the popular Discovery Channel program ‘Made by Destruction’ featured Malarkey’s work with Green Mantra Technologies, which extracts polymers from recycled plastics. These polymers aide the performance of the shingle and durability over time.
“The project went well for the crew, and the decking was surprisingly in decent shape,” said Peterson Jr. His crew completed the roughly 30-square job in one day.
“The roof looks great,” said Peterson Jr., “and so far, the feedback has been all good regarding the shingles.
[Muriel] loved the new roof and the color of the shingles.”