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Detroit Man Escapes Mobile Home Fire...

detroit man escapes from mobile home fire

If you’re a heavy sleeper, the smell of smoke or the bright orange glow of a flame isn’t exactly the most welcoming wake-up call. But Rick Kennedy, a mobile home owner from Detroit, was thankful to have woken up in time to escape a dangerous fire that threatened to engulf his mobile home.

On December 20th, 2015, Kennedy woke up in the middle of the night after he was woken by the smell of thick smoke. Immediately, Kennedy ran to the living room and discovered that the metal pipe above his wooden stove was flaming like a candle. Firefighters from Detroit, Plymouth, and Newport arrived at Kennedy’s home at around 6 a.m. and contained the fire.

Fire Chief Cautions Homeowners

Luckily, Kennedy and his loyal dog Hemi made it out unscathed. The fire destroyed all of Kennedy’s belongings, but Kennedy says he is thankful for the support of the community and his family who have come together to help him in his time of need.

Kennedy tried to put the fire out on his own, but the flames were too big to battle. It is suspected that the fire originated in the wood stove. Fire Chief Don Chute advises mobile homeowners to check their chimneys regularly during the winter to prevent such fires from occurring. Preventive measures ensure safety within your home during all seasons—it’s better to address a minor problem right away before it gets out of control.

The Dangers of a Damaged Mobile Home Roof

In manufactured homes, it is important to treat your home as you would a car—regular maintenance and inspection ensures that your home is free of hazards year-round. Severe weather and normal wear-and-tear can take a toll on a manufactured home, especially on a mobile home roof. Standard aluminum roofing tends to weaken over time. Even with regular maintenance, many mobile home owners are opting for a longer-lasting roof that has been proven to withstand the elements year after year.

The Durable Roof-Over Alternative (TPO)

TPO, a synthetic rubber that is becoming a sought-after option for mobile homeowners looking to replace their roof, is known for its durability, safety, and energy efficiency. TPO is generally more fire resistant than standard mobile home roofing. If your roof is currently in need of repair, consider a roof-over with TPO. Starting fresh with a new roof will save you money in the long run, as a damaged roof will usually need frequent repairs and patch-ups to prevent hazardous leaks and structural collapses.

Our Thoughts

Here at All Weather Roofing, we understand the fire hazards that are all too common in manufactured homes. Like Fire Chief Don Chute stated, we believe preventative measures and regular maintenance are very important for any homeowner to keep up with, and that includes roof inspection and repair if necessary. We are thankful the homeowner and his dog made it out ok, but the tragic loss of his belongings and home goes to show the true power of a household fire.

All Weather Roofing’s Professional Installation for Your New Roof

At All Weather Roofing, our professional contractors have installed roofs for manufactured homes for over 30 years and have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. TPO is a relatively low-cost option for mobile home roofing, and its energy-saving properties will lower your utility bills month after month.

With a lifetime warranty on TPO roof installation there is no risk to you. If you think your roof is ready for repair or replacement, All Weather Roofing conducts free video inspections of your roof so you can determine what action to take. A leaky roof might seem like more of a nuisance than a real problem, but leaks are a telltale sign of damage. Leaky roofs can lead to the growth of black mold, rotting infrastructure that can ultimately lead to a collapse, and increase the risk of electrical fire. For professional repair at an affordable rate, contact All Weather Roofing today by calling us at 1-800-297-3758 or inquire online. We look forward to helping you!

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Mobile Home Firefighter Receives Full Face Transplant...

mobile home firefighter receives full face transplant

Firefighters face danger on a weekly basis. Even with protective gear and a team of trained firefighters by their side, there is no guarantee that a firefighter will be kept out of harms way. In the event of a blazing flame, firefighters must risk their well being in order to save potential victims and put out the fire before it spreads.

Patrick Hardison’s Story

Patrick Hardison was a volunteer firefighter from Mississippi. In an unfortunate mobile home fire in 2001, Hardison was searching for fire victims when the burning roof collapsed on top of him.  His helmet was knocked off and his facemask melted rapidly. Hardison held his breath, closed his eyes, and jumped out of a window before the searing fire claimed his life. Unfortunately, Hardison suffered severe burns on his entire face, leaving him without eyelids, ears, lips, and most of his nose.

The 41-year-old firefighter has undergone more than 70 reconstructive surgeries, but skin grafts taken from his legs only left his face with a build-up of scar tissue. The major deformities drew unwanted attention for Hardison, but the brave firefighter was not ready to give up.

The Most Complex Face Transplant in Medical History

Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, chair of the Hansjorg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone, was determined to help Hardison. Rodriguez took over Hardison’s case and immediately began coordinating with the Live ONNY organ recovery organization of New York to look for a donor.

Any organ transplant is a complicated operation; in order for the transplant to take, doctors must find a donor not only with the right blood type, but also a similar height, weight, and age. A facial transplant is even more complex, as the skin color and bone structure also play very important roles in the chance of success. There is a 50% chance the transplant won’t take, as the patient’s immune system can easily recognize foreign skin and its antibodies as invaders. For Hardison, a brave firefighter who was determined to keep trying, anything was worth a shot.

In July of 2015, David Rodebaugh, a bike messenger from Brooklyn, was left brain-dead after an accident in which he was thrown from his bike. Rodebaugh turned out to be a perfect match for Hardison, and with consent from Rodbaugh’s family, Dr. Rodriguez was able to conduct the most complex face transplant in history.

On August 14th, the face transplant took 26 hours and involved more than 100 people. As one team of doctors and nurses carefully removed Rodebaugh’s scalp, eyelids, ears, veins, and forehead tissue, another removed the accumulated scar tissue from Hardison’s face. The removal took 12 hours.

By reconnecting the nerve tissue to that of Hardisons, surgeons were able to give Hardison the ability to blink once more.

The transplant was a complete success. After the swelling went down, Hardison was able to carry on in his normal life. Although the surgery was quite risky, Hardison’s transplant was a stepping-stone in medical transplant history. With the help of immune-system suppressants, Hardison’s body has not rejected the donor and Patrick Hardison now has facial functions that he did not have for the past ten years.

Our Thoughts

Mobile home fires are very real threats to a mobile home owner. In small spaces, fires spread even more rapidly, and the risk of burn and smoke inhalation increases as the fire grows. Although Hardison suffered severe facial burns, we are glad his face transplant surgery was a success. The risks mobile home fires present are very dangerous, and if it weren’t for the courageous efforts of local firefighters, these fires could easily get out of control.

Need Mobile Home Roofing Repair?

If your roof has leaks, it is advised you seek out professional repair as soon as possible. Not only do leaky roofs create hazardous mold, they present a serious fire hazard as well. Shorted wires in a leaky ceiling could start an unexpected blaze. If you believe your roof is in need of repair or even a complete overhaul, All Weather Roofing’s professional mobile home roofing repair contractors can schedule a video inspection of your roof at no cost to you.

Don’t let the problem get worse. Get a free video inspection and determine whether or not your roof is need of professional repair today. See why All Weather Roofing is rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau by calling us 1-800-297-3758 or contacting us online today.

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Mobile Home Property Value Increases...

mobile home numbers on the move

Mobile homes, or, manufactured homes, have long been considered the preferred choice in terms of affordability. Not only could one attain the comfort and flexibility of owning their own home, but they can do so with lower monthly payments, allowing them to pay off their mobile home in a short amount of time when compared to the years it takes to pay off a standard home.

Cost of Living Rises in Mobile Home Communities

Betty Burnette, a resident of Rocky Brook Mobile Home Park in Carrboro since 1972, moved into the park with a monthly rent of just $35. Now, she pays $290 and claims that the services provided by the mobile home park are nothing like when she first moved in.

The cost of living continues to increase in Chapel Hill and Carrboro along with property value, but, as a result, the number of mobile homes seems to be declining. From 2000 to 2005, Chapel Hill and Carrboro lost 113 mobile homes.

According to Chapel Hill council member Sally Greene, one of Chapel Hill’s top priorities is providing residents with affordable housing options. Despite the increase in property value, Green hopes that mobile home owners open discussions with the landowners to figure out a compromise that will keep cost of living low.

Mobile Park owner Yazmin Romero claims that the rent hasn’t gone up more than $10 or $15 despite the increase in property value. Even if the increase isn’t substantial, it’s enough to create a riff in the number of mobile homes that are present in Orange County. Marie Palmer, another member of the Chapel Hill Town Council wants to make sure that there is enough outreach to help mobile homeowners qualify for assistance.

Our Thoughts

All Weather Roofing believes ownership of a mobile home should be affordable. Renting land with an increased property value may present mobile home owners with financial burdens, but it seems that Orange County and the cities and towns therein are doing everything they can to keep mobile home owners satisfied and free of unnecessary price hikes.

As advocates for affordable living, we believe there is a feesible way of keeping both landowners and mobile homeowners satisfied, and we trust that Orange County will do what it can to prevent the loss of more mobile home communities.

Mobile homes are a wonderful option for anyone looking to save a lot of money when purchasing a home, but like any other home, long-term ownership requires regular maintenance and upkeep. Manufactured homes will experience wear and tear over time, and mobile home roofs will eventually need fixing.

Do You Need to Take Care of a Damaged Roof?

If you’re looking for a roof that will last you for years to come, a roof-over is a worthwhile investment. Not only will you save yourself the trouble of having to patch up a leaky spot every so often, you’re making an economic choice by fixing the root of the problem. Forget the costs of tedious roof repairs—get a new roof in a couple of days with professional installation from All Weather Roofing.

Affordability is a one of our top priorities, but so is quality service and professional installation. With TPO mobile home roofing, you get a lifetime warranty so you can make sure that you’re getting a roof that’s guaranteed to last a long time. A home shouldn’t be temporary, and our TPO roofs are available in a variety of styles to suit your needs for the long-term. Weather-resistant, fire-resistant, and energy-efficient, TPO roofs are a wise choice for the mobile home owner looking to save money in the long run.

Don’t worry about making a hasty decision—All Weather Roofing conducts free video inspections so you can see the problem first-hand and make your decision from there—no commitment necessary. A free estimate along with the video inspection will give you all the information you need to decide whether or not a roof-over is the right choice for you. Of course, All Weather Roofing does repairs too, in case you’re not quite ready for a complete roof overhaul. Whatever your decision, why not schedule your free video inspection today?

Contact All Weather Roofing online or give us a call at 1-800-297-3758 to speak with a representative today.

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Two Florida Boys Save the Day When They Help Rescue Five Neighbors From Burning Mobile Home...

To be a hero is an incredible feat. Role models and idols inspire, but a hero has a uniquely brave quality that sets him or her apart from any other. A hero is defined as a person who is admired or idealized for courage. A hero is a man or a woman who risks his or her safety for the lives of others.  Bravery and selflessness make a hero.

In Orange County, Florida, two young boys became heroes when a mobile home nearly burned to the ground in late June of this year. Isaiah Francis, 10, and Jeremiah Grimes, 11, faced the flames and smoke to save the small children inside the mobile home.

The two neighborhood boys were doing what any young boys would normally be doing on a sunny afternoon: playing games. Their summer fun was quickly interrupted by an immediate and dire situation. Francis and Grimes were hanging out when Francis remembers smelling something. He looked out the window and saw the black smoke. Francis and Grimes proceeded toward the burning home and saved the kids before the firefighters arrived on scene.

Francis tells reporters he wants to be a firefighter when he’s older and he’s certainly on the right track after courageously facing the fire firsthand. The boy’s courageous efforts may have saved the lives of the young children. Firefighters were able to rescue the other two children, who were sent to the hospital in critical but stable condition.

These two boys may have grown up quite a bit because of this incident, as not many their age would have even considered stepping inside a burning home.

At the end of the day, a mobile home may have been lost in the tragedy, but we’re glad everyone made it out safely thanks to the brave souls of two young boys.

Need Help with your Mobile Home Roof?

Having a roof over your head that’s reliable and long lasting is vital to ensure your mobile home is safe and comfortable for a long time. A leak free roof makes all the difference. Let our professional team make you feel at home with a beautiful new roof r by repairing the roof on your mobile home.

Call us at 1.800.297.3758 or fill out a contact form to make your mobile home the home it deserves to be.

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Traditional School Bus Turned Into A Mobile Home!...

 

Probably at some point in your life, you’ve seen none of these bright, road-roaming Twinkies. They’re big, they’re yellow, and they’re usually full of children.

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These familiar vehicles are school buses, and they’ve allowed working parents to continue their day-to-day job without the added stress of getting their child to and from school. The buses come and pick the children up from a stop near your house, and the driver takes care of the rest.

But, what if you could turn one of these gargantuan beasts into your very own mobile home? On the outside, it’s just an ordinary school bus. Oh yes. But on the inside, there is a cozy kitchen, comfortable living space, and cushiony bed all for your mobile convenience!

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Never again will you look at a school bus the same way. It’s more than a kid transportation service; it’s a mobile home!

Inside this converted bus is a fantastic little place. Wooden cabinets, floor, and countertops give the magic school bus an authentic, mountain cabin feel. Drop your little ones off at school, and then head out to the woods for an outdoor getaway. Why not? It’s your mobile home school bus, not anyone else’s.

You won’t have to make a pit stop to use the restroom while you’re on the road. You’ve got the toilet, and you’ve got the power.

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Alas, we’re not schoolbus mobile home experts but we do know a thing or two about traditional mobile home roofing and who knows, maybe you DO want a new TPO membrane roof for your school bus mobile home! But you don’t have to occupy a school bus for us to repair your mobile home roof!

All Weather Roofing will gift you with a brand new roof regardless of what’s underneath it. Mobile home, mobile bus, mobile Twinkie, whatever mobile living space you are dwelling, All Weather Roofing will be happy to serve you. Give us a call at 1.800.297.3758 or contact us online and get your roof on!

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Not Your Average Mobile Home...

 

Let’s face it: houses are expensive. You spend years working, paycheck-to-paycheck to pay for a house you rarely get to enjoy. All that space goes to waste, because by the time you get home from your long, drawling day at work you’re ready to plop on the couch and watch some television or head straight to the sack for some good ol’ shut-eye.

So, your sad house sits in the dark, unused and unloved. The financial strain big houses put on working class Americans has left many to wonder what the point of it all is. It is this very attitude that has spawned the tiny house movement.

What is the tiny house movement, you ask?

Well here’s a picture to give a better idea of what we’re talking about here:

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Think of everything you actually use in your large house and condense it into a compact, cozy home filled with all the essentials. There you go. You’ve got yourself a tiny mobile home.

On, the outside, it looks like a scaled up storage shed. But on the inside, you find all the essentials such as a tiny kitchen perfect for baking miniature, tiny-home sized pies and casseroles. It’s worked for the hundreds of people joining the movement, so just think small and hold your breath!

So why are these tiny homes so popular? The mobility is convenient, for one. You could literally take your house anywhere and move on a whim if you so choose.  While many of these homes are roughly 500 sq. feet, the utilities and cost of living is unmatched. Many of the young, hip couples are joining the movement because of environmental concerns as well.

This tiny home forces people to live simple, stress-free lives. Rather than crowding your home with unnecessary things, the tiny home gives you the option to let go of extravagance and opt for necessity instead.

You’ve got your toilet. Your kitchen. Your bed. Your chairs. Your desk. Everything you need, just closer together.

And while we don’t build or specialize in tiny roofs or tiny homes, let’s not forget the importance of having a great roof over your head, either.  Mobile home roofing is our specialty. Whether you’re living big, or living, really, really small, we’ve got you covered. Literally. If you’re interested in getting a new moible home roof, whether you’re ready to join the tiny house movement or not, give us a call at 1.800.297.3758 or contact us online today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Florida Mobile Home Parks Threatens to Evict Elderly Residents For Accepting Food Donations...

The owner allegedly had her employees follow delivery trucks to keep track of which mobile homes were receiving free food.

The elderly have worked hard their whole life. Living paycheck-to-paycheck off social security is not a comfortable situation. As such, many residents started wondering why anyone would deprive the elderly residents of their right to utilize these programs? Well, the managers at Carlyn Estates do not seem to abide by the “respect your elders” rule.

Senior resident Pearl Jones is 81 years old and has been a resident at the park for more than 30 years. Not only has she been a dedicated resident for a few decades, she has come to know this community as her home. Because of the threatening letter she received from the landlord, Jones no longer accepts food donations in the park.

She comments on the situation, “This lady is from California and she said no one in her needs it…She thinks everyone in here has a lot of money. Well, I need it.” Jones receives a monthly income of $883 from Social Security. With rent just above $400, and $137 for utilities, it’s easy to see why these donation services can make a world of difference from a financial standpoint.

Yet, the threatening letters made their way into more than a few sets of hands at the park. With the fear of eviction constricting their freedom of speech, many residents refused to appear on camera to comment on the situation.

Discrimination comes in many forms, and at this mobile home park, it seems like it’s the poorer residents who are being targeted. The residents are planning to go to court on the issue. With the exception of a few, most residents would like for the programs to continue.

Our Thoughts

We think mobile home owners deserve a long-lasting home and an accepting mobile home community. Everyone has the right to live comfortably in his or her home and in the surrounding neighborhood.

Do You Need a Mobile Home Roof Repair?

Affordable mobile home roofing can make a big difference to a person trying to make a permanent residence out of their mobile home. Regardless of your economic situation, All Weather Roofing will make sure roof lasts a long time, no matter what happens. Our team makes roofing affordable, reliable, and ultimately worth the investment. It’s your home; make it feel like one with All Weather Roofing. Contact us online or give us a phone call at 1-800-297-7758.