Unique flag decorates vet’s home

A casual comment led to an idea, creating a challenge and producing a unique feature at the home of disabled veteran Robert Daugherty.

When Wilson Roofing and Construction was putting a new roof on Daugherty’s home at 501 N. Main in 2016, one of the roofers noted the American flag and armed services flags flying at the location and jokingly suggested incorporating a U.S. flag on the new roof. Daugherty liked the idea but it wasn’t practical at that time since the shingling was already underway.

The idea came back around this year when Daugherty built a new front porch.

“We wanted to do it as a challenge,” said business owner Doug Wilson. “I’ve seen painted flags on roofs, but I’ve never seen one made from shingles like this.”

Wilson and Daugherty spent several months planning the project to make it both decorative and functional. The first step was installing a layer of black shingles on the roof to make it watertight.

“This is basically a second layer,” Wilson said of the colored shingles Kirchner Building Center at Kansas donated for the project. 

Keeping everything to the appropriate scale for a flag that is 10 feet high by 20 feet wide required mathematical calculations. For example, the normal shingle reveal is 5 ½ inches but to create the correct width for the stripes required shrinking the reveal to 4 ¾ inches. 

Wilson found the blue field of the union especially challenging since it must be exactly one-third the size of the flag.

The stars presented a tough obstacle. Daugherty and his wife, Sherry, found a solution with SH Plates, a custom metal fabricator located in Pennsylvania. 

“I messaged him on Facebook, and he was very excited about doing it,” Sherry Daugherty said.

The metal stars are powder coated and glow in the dark. The plan is to eventually install a solar powered light on a dormer that will shine down on the flag at night.

Wilson and his employees started the flag about 7 a.m. Friday and completed the work before noon. A time consuming task was laying out the stars in rows that lined up vertically, horizontally and diagonally. 

Making the flag for Daugherty was a donation by Wilson and his crew in part because it benefitted a disabled veteran but also because it was a challenge and something they had not previously done. 

“These guys are local,” said Wilson. “They take pride in their work so this is something they can enjoy when they drive by.”

Daugherty was pleased with the final result.

“This is a good time to do this,” he said. “My son’s coming home from basic training.”

The Prairie Press

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