Local church uses diapers to replace roof

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT)-- The Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in South Knoxville was just one of the many places that saw damage after the April 2011 hail storm. It's been a long year but they have finally figured out a way to replace the roof while keeping the character of the church and the cost intact.

Pastor Eric Luedtke said "It's a Barbara McMurry design from the 60's and there's a lot of little touches and the slate roof is one of those touches."

But a new slate roof would be expensive especially for the 100 member congregation at the church.

"Our insurance company said the roof could be repaired but not replaced so we only got a fourth of the money it would take to replace the roof." said Pastor Eric.

However, after a little research a member of the church found Eco-Star synthetic slate shingles.

"We were a little hesitate. We didn't want it to look like we had plastic tiles on the roof." said Pastor Eric

But with more research they found that it's hard to tell the difference between real and synthetic slate.

Plus, the synthetic state was made out of recycled material including rubber and even diapers.

Pastor Eric said "We all need to recycle and if we as a church can help recycle a little more then we'll do it."

The new roof will be more durable than an asphalt roof and stay within the budget for the church.


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