Title:
Roof cooling system
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A roof cooling system having quick-erect properties comprising: a high-flow manifold, a plurality of flex hoses, fascia brackets, and sprinkler wands. Fascia brackets are securedly and permanently attached to a building's fascia board. Each of the many sprinkler wands and flex hoses are all assembled to a high-flow manifold, ready for quick connection to a pressurized water supply. Therefore, when needed, the wands are simply engaged to the fascia brackets, the manifold connected to a water source and the system is operational, in mere minutes. When not in use, the system quickly disassembles for storage without hindering the building's aesthetics.



Inventors:
Chaput, Robert (Sudbury, CA)
Roy, Kenneth (Garson, CA)
Application Number:
10/991600
Publication Date:
06/08/2006
Filing Date:
11/19/2004
Primary Class:
International Classes:
E04D3/40
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Primary Examiner:
NGUYEN, CHI Q
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
MIKE M. GAUTHIER (SUDBURY, ON, CA)
Claims:
The embodiments of the invention in which an exclusive property: or privilege is claimed are defined as follows:

1. A roof cooling system comprising: i. a high-flow manifold, ii. flat flex hoses, iii. fascia brackets, and iv. sprinkler wands,

2. The roof cooling system of claim 1 wherein the high-flow manifold having a hollow body having a spherical form flattened at the bottom so as to prevent toppling over and a handle for easier manipulation thereof, an inlet integrally attached to said hollow body and a plurality of outlets also integrally attached to same hollow body. The portions of the hollow body that mate with both the inlet and outlets are open to same inlets and outlets so as to allow flow from the inlet mouth, into the hollow body, then through every outlet. High flow is provided since the inlet opening area is lesser than the combined area of the outlets. The spherical form of the hollow body ensures even flow and pressure distribution of water at each outlet. Therefore, a water supply line can be threadedly engaged to the inlet, and a plurality of flex hoses with adapters can also be threadedly engaged to each outlet.

3. The roof cooling system of claim 1 wherein the flat flex hoses have a collapsible tubing portion so as to allow flattening thereof.

4. The roof cooling system of claim 1 wherein the fascia bracket comprises; two bolt flanges each having at least two perforations for fastening to a flat vertical surface such as a fascia board, two extension members extending inwardly and frontwardly between and integral with both inner edges of said bolt flanges, and a semi-tubular wand-holding member having a generally ā€œCā€ shaped cross-section integrally attached to the frontmost portions of both extension members thus the above members combined, form a fascia bracket having means to vertically and securedly hold a sprinkler wand slightly distally from a mating fascia board.

5. The roof cooling system of claim 1 wherein the sprinkler wand, having an outer diameter generally equal to that of the inner diameter of the mating semi-tubular wand-holding portion, a stop collar having a ring-shape with an inner diameter equal to that of the outer diameter of the sprinkler wand. The stop collar is also adapted with one or more setscrews threadedly mating to a perforation within the stop collar, and a key protruding downwardly from the lower edge of the stop collar. Said key having a width equal to the opening or slit of the fascia bracket's wand-holding portion is adapted to downwardly enter said slit until the lower edge of the stop collar contacts the upper edge of the wand-holding portion of the fascia bracket thus preventing rotational movement of the sprinkler wand.

6. The roof cooling system of claims 1 through 7 wherein the utility thereof is to provide homeowners with a roof cooling system that performs effectively, erects quickly and maintains the building's aesthetics while not in use.

Description:

FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates to a roof cooling system having quick-erect properties. The roof cooling system of the present invention comprises: a high-flow manifold, a plurality of flex hoses, fascia brackets, and sprinkler wands. Fascia brackets are securedly and permanently attached to a building's fascia board. Each of the many sprinkler wands and flex hoses are all assembled to a high-flow manifold, ready for quick connection to a pressurized water supply. Therefore, when needed, the wands are simply engaged to the fascia brackets, the manifold connected to a water source and the system is operational, in mere minutes. When not in use, the system quickly disassembles for storage without hindering the building's aesthetics.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Homes in dense wooded areas are of course more susceptible to forest fire damage than in urban areas. It is common, during a forest fire, for home residents to water their roof using a single garden hose or two to keep the building's flash point high. Some homeowners even arrange a permanent watering system atop the roof at the expense of aesthetics and at a relatively high cost.

The inventor sought to provide homeowners with a roof cooling system that performs effectively, erects quickly and maintains the building's aesthetics while not in use.

The applicant is aware of attempts in prior art to provide means of cooling a building during forest fires.

An example of prior art may be had when referring to U.S. Pat. No. 1,208,349 of Moody, issued Dec. 12, 1916 depicting a permanent fire extinguisher apparatus designed to attach to a roof structure to extinguish and/or prevent fire to consume the dwelling from the outside. However, this apparatus is permanent and would prove unattractive especially on a residential building. Furthermore, the exposed piping would freeze in sub-zero zones.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

It is thus the object of the present invention to provide homeowners with a roof cooling system that performs effectively, erects quickly and maintains the building's aesthetics while not in use.

In one aspect of the invention, the sprinkler heads may vary in style and design.

In another aspect of the invention, the pressurized water supply may be the dwelling's or any portable supply such as water truck or fire truck.

In another aspect of the invention, the fascia bracket may be substituted with a roof mount bracket where eaves troughs impede.

Accordingly, the device of the present invention therefore provides homeowners with a roof cooling system that performs effectively, erects quickly and maintains the building's aesthetics while not in use.

The utility of the present invention includes but is not limited to residential buildings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

These and other advantages of the invention will become apparent upon reading the following brief description and upon referring to the drawings in which:

FIG. 1 is a perspective view from above of the roof cooling system of the present invention as installed onto a conventional dwelling.

FIG. 2 is a perspective view from above of the fascia bracket of the present invention.

FIG. 3 is a partial perspective view of the sprinkler wand of the present invention shown with a hose attached thereto.

FIG. 4 is a side elevation view of the fascia bracket and sprinkler wand of the present invention as attached to a roof fascia board.

FIG. 5 is a side elevation view of the high-flow manifold of the present invention.

FIG. 6 is a top plan view of the high-flow manifold of the present invention.

While the invention is described in conjunction with preferred illustrated embodiments, it will be understood that it is not intended to limit the invention to such embodiments. On the contrary, it is intended to cover all alternatives, modifications and equivalents as may be included within the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT

In the following description, similar features in the drawings have been given similar reference numerals.

Turning to FIG. 1, a perspective view from above of the roof cooling system of the present invention as installed onto a conventional dwelling wherein said system comprises: a pressurized water supply 2, a high-flow manifold 4, a plurality of, flex hoses 6, fascia brackets 8, and sprinkler wands 10. With the present invention, a building is permanently adapted with small fascia brackets 8, or otherwise roof brackets where eave troughs are impeding the use of said fascia brackets 8. Sprinkler wands 10, each having a sprinkler head 12 are adapted with hose-connecting fittings and a stop collar having vertical and rotational stop properties. The use of flat flex hose 6 enables said hose 6 to be pressed between a slit within the fascia bracket 8. Although many sprinkler heads would prove suitable, the applicant prefers a sprinkle head, which its spray arc can be adjustable to better cover the roof surface.

Turning now to FIG. 2, a perspective view from above of the fascia bracket 8 of the present invention wherein said bracket 8 comprises; two bolt flanges 15 each having at least two perforations 16 for fastening to a flat vertical surface such as a fascia board, two extension members 17 extending inwardly and frontwardly between and integral with both inner edges of said bolt flanges 15, and a semi-tubular wand-holding member 19 having a generally ā€œCā€ shaped cross-section integrally attached to the frontmost portions of both extension members 17 thus the above members combined, form a fascia bracket 8 having means to vertically and securedly hold a sprinkler wand slightly distally from a mating fascia board. A flex hose 6 is thereby permitted to traverse within the semi-tubular wand-holding portion 19.

FIG. 3, a partial perspective view of the sprinkler wand of the present invention shown with a hose attached thereto wherein the sprinkler wand 10, having an outer diameter generally equal to that of the inner diameter of the mating semi-tubular wand-holding portion 19, a stop collar 21 having a ring-shape with an inner diameter equal to that of the outer diameter of the sprinkler wand 10. The stop collar 21 is also adapted with one or more setscrews 22 threadedly mating to a perforation within the stop collar 21, and a key 23 protruding downwardly from the lower edge of the stop collar 21. Said key 23 having a width equal to the opening or slit 24 of the fascia bracket's 8 wand-holding portion 19 is adapted to downwardly enter said slit 24 until the lower edge of the stop collar 21 contacts the upper edge of the wand-holding portion 19 of the fascia bracket 8 thus preventing rotational movement of the sprinkler wand 10.

FIG. 4 is a side elevation view of the fascia bracket 8 and sprinkler wand 10 of the present invention as attached to a roof fascia board 3. The extension members 17 of the fascia bracket 8 enable the sprinkler wand 10 to be held vertically and more particularly, distal from the fascia board 3 since most roof shingle edges 25 extend past the roof edge. Therefore, the sprinkler wand 10 having a flex hose 6 threadedly attached thereto, and a stop collar 21 engaged to said wand 10 at an adjustable height is inserted into the wand-holding portion 19 of the fascia bracket 8. Once inserted and the key 23 is aligned with the slit 24 in said fascia bracket 8, the collar's 21 key enters said slit 24 downwardly until the lower edge of said stop collar 21 contacts the upper edge of the wand-holding portion 19 of the fascia bracket 8 thus again preventing rotational movement of the sprinkler wand 10.

Referring now to FIGS. 5 and 6, FIG. 5, a side elevation view and FIG. 6, a top plan view of the high-flow manifold 4 of the present invention wherein said high-flow manifold 4 comprises: a hollow body 11 having a spherical form flattened at the bottom so as to prevent toppling over and a handle 9 for easier manipulation thereof, an inlet 5 integrally attached to said hollow body 11 and a plurality of outlets 7 also integrally attached to same hollow body 11. The portions of the hollow body 11 that mate with both the inlet 5 and outlets 7 are open to same inlets 5 and outlets 7 so as to allow flow from the inlet 5 mouth, into the hollow body 11, then through every outlet 7. High flow is provided since the inlet 5 opening area is lesser than the combined area of the outlets 7. The spherical form of the hollow body 11 ensures even flow and pressure distribution of water at each outlet 7. Therefore, a water supply line can be threadedly engaged to the inlet 5, and a plurality of flex hoses with adapters can also be threadedly engaged to each outlet 7.

Upon referring to the drawing figures and the above specification, it can be understood that the roof cooling system of the present invention provides homeowners with a roof cooling system that performs effectively, erects quickly and maintains the building's aesthetics while not in use.





 
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