Mendocino/Fort Bragg



Current Difficult Challange

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The greatest current challange we face on the Mendocino coast are these beautiful, rustic, craftsman style homes from 20 years ago that are all wood with shake roofing. The problem is when it's time to re-roof them we have to switch from wood to another type of roofing product. We have to do this because class C roofing products have been outlawed (there is one exception) because of the fire hazard they represent. No other type of roofing product currently available offers the look and charm of real wood. There are wanna-be products out there but they haven't stood the test of time and they are very expensive. So the safest and best alternative is a good, thick composistion shingle. I recently learned of a product that has promise for this application. Read on.

Here you see the existing shake roof that has worn out not to mention the flashing work is rusted and leaking. In the middle is what we call a "criket" , it's a flat spot that connects several roof areas together (when the builders couldn't figure out what else to do). We'll show you the finished criket later.

Let's jump way ahead, as I'm sparing you the usual tear off and plywood shots you can see elsewhere on this site. Here is the finished criket roofed with 2 layers of Dibiten in the flat area and shingles rising up from it. The shingles are a 60 year Tri-Laminate from Certainteed. They are extra thick and are one of the best products available for shake roof replacement. As time goes along I expect more and more thicker shingles to be available but these are among the thickest now. You can also see the woven valleys that we usually do.

Here is a view of the Tri-Laminates from the top, this particular color is called Weatherwood. Also notice the new copper skylight flashings, mandatory on the coast with our salt air.

    A look at the thickness and profile of the Tri-Lams.

This particular house only got a partial re-roof this time but it is perfect to show the 2 types of roofing side by side. Not for a minute do I claim the Tri-Lams are as attractive as real wood, but they cost far less, are wind rated at 110 mph, class A fire rated and very user friendly. Besides that , they do look good. If you absolutly have to have real wood there is a specification that has been approved by the local building department, but the end result is very, very expensive and you end up with a roof that might last 20 years and will probably still be a fire hazard. So the challange goes on, but progress is being made.

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