Courtesy of Asphalt Life
BY PAUL CASSERI, ATLAS PRODUCT MANAGER
In the spring of 2011, a devastating hailstorm that brought heavy winds, torrential rain, baseball-size hail and an unforgiving tornado ripped through Centerville, OH. Sitting directly in the path of destruction was one of the oldest homes in the town. Left unprotected, the building had suffered significant damage. After years of neglect, Thrush & Son LLC, a company with three generations of experience in restoring homes and a reputation for its attention to detail, was called in to survey the damage — and it did not look good.
The historic home was in need of new siding, windows, aluminum gutters, entry doors, garage doors and a roof. But Thrush & Son was up to the task and came with a plan to reverse the storm’s destruction. To accomplish their goal of restoring the historic roof, Thrush & Son relied upon the safety and security of an Atlas Signature Select® System to get the job done.
Rebuilding History In Centerville
Thrush & Son provided the homeowners, the Utz family, with a detailed, step-by-step, analysis of the damage to their home, as well as a two-pronged proposal. The company’s immediate goal was to restore the home to the way it was before the storm. Thrush & Son also felt that improving the quality of the home was important. To be successful with its restoration plan, Thrush & Son recommended the Atlas’ Signature Select System featuring Atlas Starter Shingles, Pro-Cut® Hip & Ridge, Gorilla Guard Underlayment and 76 squares of Atlas StormMaster® Slate Blackstone. Thrush & Son believed this line would not only hold true to the character of the home, but also bring back some of its authenticity.
Selecting The Atlas System
It didn’t take much to convince the Utz family, who liked the idea of a 20-year extended premium protection period (as well as the lifetime warranty) and chose the full Signature Select System for the home.
Corey Thrush, Chief Marketing Officer of Thrush & Son, explained why the Signature Select System was chosen for the project. “Having new shingles installed is something homeowners will only have to do once or twice in their lifetime,” he said, “and we wanted to help them get it right the first time around. The home was not just important to the Utz family, but as one of the original homes in Centerville, it holds a special place in the hearts of the townspeople as well.”
Choosing Atlas. Choosing The Best.
The big storm took a toll on the old house. Thrush & Son, considered “Atlas Guys” since 2012, knew right away that Atlas products would be perfect for the job. “We have been using Atlas products for a number of years,” Thrush said, “and have seen the continued evolvement of not only the products, but the company as well.”
The original structure had undergone many modifications during the past century, including different roof pitches and dead valleys. Because of the alterations, Thrush & Son had to make several changes to the home. Removing the box gutters, cutting off the rafter tails and installing new fascia board were critical to the project. With the preliminary work out of the way, Thrush & Son was happy to put Atlas Roofing’s versatile and user-friendly Signature Select System to work.
Home Sweet Home
Despite the many challenges, Thrush & Son was soon able to restore the historic house. Thrush & Son used metal valleys during the Atlas StormMaster® Slate application, which allowed the shingles to be installed from one pitch to the next without complications. This application also helps with the unsightly appearance of a hump in the roof due to a no-cut valley, a straight cut valley or a woven valley. Additionally, because the Signature Select System was so easy to work with, roofers were able to do the job quickly so the project was completed on time.
The newly finished roof will provide the Utz family with unmatched protection for years to come. StormMaster® Slate shingles have a Class 4 impact resistance rating to help resist hailstorms. They also offer a 130 mph Wind Limited Warranty, which is the ultimate security against strong winds. Finally, the power of Scotchgard™ Protector will keep the architectural shingles beautiful year after year, as they prevent the ugly black streaks caused by algae
Partnering For Success
Celebrating the successful completion of the project, W. Allen Thrush, President and CEO, praised the Atlas roofing system. “We believe the product is a great partnership for us, as well as for the homeowner,” he said, “as we always install the entire Signature Select system to ensure the customer gets the extra 10 years of premium protection before the proration begins.
Finally, with the warranty submitted and the renovations complete, the customer (and the entire town of Centerville) can rest easy because the historic home is now protected by a new Atlas Signature Select Roofing System.