The front porch is rotted, and while It is not yet a safety issue, it would be soon if not addressed. The wood and balusters will be replaced with maintenance-free composite decking. Every winter the Center also loses heat from the steam oil furnace, as none of the pipes are currently insulated. There is also an exposed pipe which could easily be mistaken for a handrail. Lowe's Heroes will cover all the pipes with proper insulation and add a new handrail, saving on heating costs while making the pipes safer. They will also replace a basement window which has a gap that allows rodents to enter an area where food is stored.
Other possible projects include the insulation of supports for the basement rafters, and replacement of some of the insulation downstairs to make the Center more energy efficient. It has also been determined that a downspout that runs to a flat roof is causing the roof to leak. Lowe's Heroes hope to re-route the downspout off the side of the house into a flowerbed.
Many thanks to Lowe's and their staff volunteers for their hard work and generosity.
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