Tesla Starts Early

The solar roof was originally scheduled to start on Sept 7th but the manager called and asked if they could start earlier and I said, “Sure!”. The first day another company tore off the old roof. I asked if they would quote a price to put on a rubber roof on the flat roof portion but they have not gotten back to me yet.
In the meantime the old roof came off very cleanly with the original deck still in quite good condition.

Old roofing scraped off
Old roofing scraped off

I chose to remove the aging skylights. They would have needed new trim to waterproof them and they were pretty much inoperable for ventilation and not screened.

Removing old skylights
Removing old skylights

It was also the opportunity to get rid of the old chimney and vents we were no longer using.

Old chimney was also removed.
Old chimney was also removed.

We thought it would be easiest to put the debris truck in the back but they preferred the front so they could toss the old roofing in from above.

Roof discarded in dump truck
Roof discarded in dump truck

As soon as the roof was off the Tesla crew began to put on the waterproof membrane layer.

Tesla underlayment on garage
Tesla underlayment on garage

A Tesla installation supervisor told me the underlayment was another Tesla product that was amazing as it can withstand stretching and shrinking. Plus being water and windproof. The membrane had an adhesive backing that was removed to place it. But it was also forgiving so it could be repositioned to help make it lay flat.

Underlayment is adhesive backing peels off
Underlayment has adhesive backing that peels off

By the end of the day the roof was completely “dried in”. So much was accomplished in one day.

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