DORITY ROOFING & SOLAR ~ BLOG

A source of roofing information from Dority Roofing & Solar, with insight and commentary on all kinds of custom roofing, solar installation and other roofing related themes.

solar in tile
Integration into Roofing Systems When you hire Dority Roofing & Solar for a solar panel installation, we will take care to integrate the solar panels as closely to the roof’s surface as possible, which leads to a sleeker look and elegant curb appeal. Many companies place their systems up on factory supplied posts that raise the system up several inches from the roof surface, which looks bulky and artificial. In the case of a clay tile roof, of which are so many on the Monterey Peninsula, you can effectively have the solar panel height match the tops of the tiles, for a perfectly flush look. Another advantage to using us comes during the actual roof installation. When we tear the roof off, we can run all the wiring through the attic space of the home. That way, you can avoid any unsightly conduit runs up over a ridge and across Continue on...
waterproofing
Tar and Gravel Upgrade Our Pacific Grove Showroom A huge improvement over tar and gravel roofing a liquid applied, fully adhered “elastomeric membrane”. It is much more environmentally friendly, is UV resistant and has a solid warranty. The “elastomeric” part of it means that it expands and contracts with the weather, so there is no separation at the roof edges like with tar and gravel. Over time, that expanding and contraction leads to leaking around pipes, skylights and chimneys, and wood rot. This material is so strong and reliable that we use it not only on our customer’s homes and decks and also in commercial applications where it needs to be counted on for years to come, like at the Lodge in Pebble Beach. We are experts at waterproofing and it is one of the many roofing services we offer. This material comes in a variety of colors and we Continue on...
heavy shake roofing
Heavy Cedar Shake Roofing Isn’t the new heavy shake roofing of this Carmel home beautiful? It glows a majestic golden brown under the sun and the canopy of trees. The shake variations blend well and it is so uniform due to the highest quality western red cedar material available to Dority Roofing & Solar. Is has 100% vertical edge grain shake that will protect this home for decades. It also weathers graciously over time. It is one of the many kinds of roofing to be seen on the Monterey Peninsula. We employ the best craftsmen with years of experience, who have this kind of roofing installation in their blood. They can create this masterpiece from start to finish. Heavy shake roofing is a high quality, “Class A” fire rated material. Dority Roofing & Solar installs it to perfection. Continue on...
waterproofing services
Here on the Central Coast, it might be starting to warm up. It’s been a miserably grey summer in Pacific Grove, and it is nice to see some sun. When you are getting ready for winter and you know the winter weather is right around the corner you want to prepare for that onslaught of inclement weather. When leaves and other debris builds up in valleys and gutters you could have potential leaks. If you aren’t able to get up on the roof yourself (careful!) have a handyperson or other worker come out to check for any potential issues. Dority Roofing & Solar does do that kind of work, but we do get booked up. TREES ARE EVERYWHERE HERE What to pay attention to: Do you have branches that are hanging low or are touching the roof surfaces? Branches will blow in the wind and may cause damage to tiles Continue on...
standing seam metal
Dority Roofing and Solar installed this beautiful modern standing seam metal roof.  James Newhall Smith designed the home and Level 5 Construction in Pacific Grove was the contractor. Using aluminum panels gives you piece of mind that there will no issues with being so close to the ocean. This home is located just 1,500 feet from the water on Monterey Bay. More information is on our portfolio page. You can view more photos of our work in roofing and solar on our gallery page. Continue on...
Integrated Solar
dSummer is here! If you live right on the coast you are probably going to wear your jacket to take the dog for the morning stroll. If you are inland a little – it’s warm outside. In 2016, that morning walk was tainted by a giant column of smoke and the smell of campfire in the air. There was a massive fire in Big Sur. The central coast is still recovering from that incredible disaster, and the threat of fire is still on many people’s minds. Do you have a Class A fire rated your roof? What’s risen from the ashes of that mess is a new clampdown on wood shake roofs in this area. Let me take the opportunity here to do some explaining about what a Class A fire rating is. You still can own a wood shake or wood shingle roof without worrying about what it might Continue on...
How often I have lain beneath rain on a strange roof, thinking of home. – William Faulkner As we head into our rainy season, let’s remember how comfortable we are that we have so many kinds of roofing over our heads. It’s nice to nestle in when the wind gets up, but when you do need to brave the cold and rain, pause for a moment and look up! We are surrounded by the well thought out beauty and architectural styles of the roofs in our area. From basic wood and shingle patterns, reclaimed and imported tile, to slate and industrial corrugated steel looks – roofs are interesting and add unique elegance to homes all over the Peninsula. Below is some general information about a few of the styles we see here. Cedar Wood Shingles Wood shingles on their own give a warm, comfortable look to a home and age Continue on...
WHY YOU NEED TO GET INTO SOLAR NOW Installing solar impacts the air we breathe, the water we drink and our overall quality of life. In 2015, 67% of the electricity generated in the US was through fossil fuels (eia.gov). We can reduce the pollution created by those sources by generating our own energy at home and supporting more renewable energy resources in the US. Ok, environmental education complete; let’s talk money. Besides producing electric power, a solar investment can generate healthy returns for your pocketbook as well. You pay PG&E for electricity, but as their rates increase every year, are you provided more electricity? Nope, your payments are increasing for the same level of service. If you could virtually eliminate that payment, what would you do with it? Remember, a solar investment is initially a return in the form of savings. You could put that savings into a new Continue on...
how do solar panels work
A BRIEF HISTORY OF SOLAR, NET METERING AND COMMON MYTHS OF SOLAR INSTALLATION The first installment of this series talked about the benefits of solar, and solar from an investment point of view. This month, let’s investigate how we got here, learn a little about how your system will connect to the grid, net metering, and debunk some myths regarding solar energy. Humans have worshiped the sun for millennia. This was a shared experience across the globe, although humans didn’t interact across continents. Nor did they even begin to comprehend other cultures the way we do now. It was the beginning of man’s basic desire to understand himself in the scope of the universe. We created a connection to what was the most powerful thing we could imagine. The sun was always the bringer of light and heat to people. Over time we developed tools and culture, and we used Continue on...
solar panels flush against the roof
Thinking about a solar roof? Solar roofs are popping up more and more around the Monterey Bay. In fact, in the entire US, 2016 was a record breaking year for overall solar roof capacity. It nearly doubled the installations over 2015 (SEIA.org). Solar is beneficial not only as a renewable, clean energy source, but for residential use, it makes a lot of sense financially. Let’s explore this investment and look at the steps followed to install solar on your home. REDUCE YOUR ELECTRIC BILL AND INVEST IN SOLAR Installing solar is not only good for the environment; it’s an excellent investment. You can reduce your electric bill and put that saved money away. That cash saved over time will mean significant amounts over the life of the system. How is it an investment? There are three ways to increase your bottom line with a solar roof. Number one: the energy Continue on...

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