A roof helps provides shelter, protects our loved ones and possessions, and gives us a sense of safety—but it can do so much more. As one of the highest rated roofing companies in the Tampa area, we at Westchase Roofing understand the benefits of a high-quality roof. And we also understand what can happen when your roof is old, saggy, and falling apart.
We were recently given the opportunity to help a community group who was facing just that—an old roof that had certainly seen better days—and we are so glad we were able to donate our time for such a worthwhile roofing project.
Boy Scout Troop 12’s Roofing Troubles
Just north of Tampa lies Lutz, an unincorporated town of about 20,000. Straddling both Hillsborough and Pasco County, the community got its name from the man credited for bringing the railroad to town. While the original Lutz Junction was torn down over 50 years ago, the community continues to grow and prosper. For many, Lutz will only be known for its small part in the movie Edward Scissorhands. For us, though, we’re pleased to know some of the amazing residents of this area and are especially touched by the kindness and civic-mindedness of Boy Scout Troop 12.
For the past 85 years, Boy Scout Troop 12 of Lutz, FL, has been an integral part of the community. The BSA organization aims to help young Americans build a moral and ethical character and encourage citizenship, and Troop 12 certainly makes the mark.
Now, not all Boy Scout Troops are lucky enough to have a clubhouse such as the one owned by Troop 12. However, as most homeowners can attest, owning it is one thing, and maintaining it is quite another. Home maintenance, and especially roof repair or replacement, can be expensive—and so can clubhouse repairs.
Unfortunately for the troop, the two buildings they own, the main clubhouse and its storage facility, had seen better days. With saggy roofs and missing shingles, they didn’t just look old—they also presented a hazard to the young scouts. The problems didn’t stop at the shingles, either. The underlayment was also damaged. When this happens, water can get into a building and create all sorts of problems, rotting wood and creating a perfect environment for mold and mildew.
In hopes of raising enough to fix their buildings, the scouts began a mission in the community to drum up donations for two new roofs. Ultimately, two companies stepped up to the plate.
Westchase Roofing Donates Time to Install New Roofs
Gulfeagle Supply, a roofing and building supply company headquartered in Tampa, donated the supplies necessary for the project, including new shingles and sheathing. Westchase Roofing was proud to donate our time and expertise to install the new roof. For over ten years, Westchase Roofing has been installing high-quality asphalt roofs in the Tampa area. As a company, we always do our best to treat our customers like family. When helping Lutz Troop 12, that’s exactly what it felt like.
On September 7th, the Westchase Roofing Crew arrived, ready to work. After the supplies were loaded on the roof by Gulfeagle, the team stripped back the old shingles and sheathing, exposing the bare bones of the roof before installing the newly donated sheathing and shingles. Because Westchase Roofing specializes in asphalt shingle roof replacement, the team was more than up to the challenge and made quick work of the roofing project. The new roof was completed in the afternoon and ready for an inaugural meeting.
“We try to do some community outreach. If somebody needs a little help and we can help, then we’re going to try,” said Terrell King, the operations manager for Westchase Roofing. King was one site on the 7th to supervise the job site and to meet with assistant scoutmaster Dan Romesburg about the project.
Together, Westchase Roofing and Gulfeagle Supply saved Lutz Boys Scout Troop 12 around $10,000 and helped provide them with a safe place to meet and hold events. In addition, the troop, which was very excited about their new roof, was able to witness the generosity of the community they do their best to help.
New Roof in Action
While it was installed in just one day, the new roof on the Troop 12 clubhouse will last for many, many years to come and will help protect hundreds of boys and girls who decide to become scouts. In fact, it’s already helped ring in a worthy celebration.
The new roof was thoroughly enjoyed on September 15th when the Boy Scout troop celebrated their 85th anniversary. Along with the 54 members of the scout troop, BSA alumni and community members were invited to participate in the celebrations and recall their time as scouts.
Congratulations, Troop 12 on 85 successful years as scouts and citizens! We’re so happy you’re a part of our community.
<Image: Terrell King, left, of Westchase Roofing, and assistant scoutmaster Dan Romesburg were at the site of Troop 12’s roof installation on Sept. 7. (Brian Fernandes of The Laker/Lutz News)>