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That would really be a question for the roofer on the split wood. As for a bug barrier; that would be a question for a pest control company but that has never been a significant issue in our experience. It is very important that there be adequate ventilation in all attic spaces that are not heated.
You can proform both jobs at the same time if you are good at what you do. I have in the past grinded a Grove in the brick chimney all four sides then used a brake to bend a little half inch lip on the top of my flashing metal flashing into massonary Grove then caulked you will never ever have to worry about again in your lifetime Only reason I did massonary work first is because I didn't want to get my shingles all dusted.
The masonry work should be performed prior to repairs to the existing roofing, unless the roof is leaking, whereupon you may need to make intermediate repairs to stop the leaking while the masonry work is performed.
In addition to the other advice already provided, know that a Solar Assessment will be necessary. The system has a method of showing what shadowning of the panels happens during ALL times of the year, during ALL hours of daylight. That is how your Solar company will be able to tell you how much they will produce, the payback ROI, etc. They will probably be able to tell you visually which location to consider, and then do the assessment for what ever location is most favorable on your property. They should also be able to tell you that if you cut down certain trees, how it will improve your solar capabilities. Hope that helps!
This unique array below had to also take into account how the multiple rooflines shadowed the panels at certain times of day and certain times of year.
The new ridge vent should have the bug/snow/rain barrier integrated into the venting system. There are probably many other areas in the attic into which "bugs" could enter, but attics do not typically make the best habitats since the temperatures can be extreme and there is no "relatively nearby" source of water for them to survive. The "integrated mesh" is more for helping to prevent wind blown rain and snow from entering the attic space and settling on whatevr lies below.
We would suggest getting a ground mount system, not only does this allow you to place your array in a prime location but it will also save you the hassle of removing them down the road when the roof needs replaced. Any solar provider should be able to show you the difference in production with a roof vs ground array. Good luck.
Yes in those cases a ground mounted solar array may be your best option. You can site the solar in a more ideal location for sun access. There is typically some added cost involved in a ground mount vs. a roof mount.
Our recommendation would be to do the massonry work first and then roofing for a few different reasons.
1.This gives the masons freedom to step and walk on the roof without causing damage to the new shingles.
2. You will want to make sure the new flashing that is intstalled around the chimney is installed correctly, accounting for any masonry changes and is not damaged due to installation.
3. Ultimately, that the new roof is not damaged and that the warranty does not get voided.
Each case is unique but in general, the chimney should be done first. Special attention should be paid to the roof flashings around the chimney. If the flashings are behind the stone then make sure they extend far enough into the shingles so the new roof can be flashed properly. If the flashings are surface mounted and there is a counter flashing then the roofer should have no problem making the chimney base watertight
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