IKO And NWiR Step Up With Roofing For SoCal Women’s Shelter

Last spring, the SoCal Council of National Women in Roofing (NWiR) and several industry partners, including manufacturer of IKO® clapboards, stepped forward to residents of Alexandria House in Los Angeles, CA. In March 2020, an electrical fire caused significant damage to Alexandria House, a temporary home in the Mid-Wilshire neighborhood of LA that provides safe and supportive housing for women and children moving from emergency shelters to economic stability and permanent housing.

Alexandra House in Los Angeles, CA (Photo: Courtesy of IKO)

The fire hit the second and third floors of the house and also caused damage to the roof. With a replacement estimate in excess of $ 70,000 for the roof and significant other damage to be addressed in the building, the home’s development director contacted the SoCal Council of NWiR for assistance.

“When I got the call from Alexandria House, the first thought that came to my mind was, ‘I’m going to call IKO,’” stated NWiR Council Chair Maria Alcala. She contacted Juan Trujillo, IKO’s sales representative in the Los Angeles metropolitan area.

“This whole project started when Maria, who works at RoofLine and is a member of NWiR, called and asked if IKO could donate materials to help restore the house,” explains Trujillo. “IKO and its distributor, RoofLine, were able to supply 6,000 square feet of shingles for the project.”

Thanks to product support from IKO and local IKO distributor RoofLine delivery and delivery, as well as labor donated by Final Touch Construction, roof structure wrapped up in mid-March this year. The building now contains 60 squares of IKO’s Cambridge® Weatherwood Cool Plus architectural clapboards, which were used to meet California’s Title 24, Part 6 cool roof requirements.

“We couldn’t have done it without IKO,” said Alcala, adding, “It’s a wonderful job.”

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