15 May Going Solar, Day 1
Today is demolition day for our old roof. I’m a little sad to see it go. It was the original cedar roof installed about 50 years ago. Considering its age, it held up well and had a beautiful silvery patina. While I personally prefer modern architecture, I’ve appreciated the charming look of the vintage roof. This roof style has faded from use in Southern California because it’s a fire hazard and it won’t work for solar installations. As they tear off the old cedar shingles, it’s interesting to see the original wood slat skip sheathing beneath. This framing method is not used anymore. Our next step will be to cover the entire roof in a new layer of plywood.
For our new roof installation, we chose Mark Anthony Construction and Roofing. Later, I’ll talk more about why we chose them. They showed up bright and early to prepare the site by laying down plastic and plywood to protect our property. They worked with us to carefully protect our new garden, which is critical because my wife would have been very upset if it was damaged.
As I write this from inside the house, it sounds like Godzilla is tearing off our roof. Eight guys are up there with pitchforks. They’re removing the cedar by rolling it up into bundles full of splinters and nails. It’s hard, messy work, and so far, they’re doing a great job.