A few days ago JR Roofing from Olympia came out and stripped the two layers of old roofing from the barn. Originally the barn was roofed with cedar shingles, then later a layer of cedar shake was added. Both were badly weathered and in desperate need of replacement. We are replacing them with a metal roof. Though perhaps not as pleasing as cedar, the metal will provide a level of protection and longevity that current cedar products would not.
Now that the material has been removed from the roof we can address any issues with the structure itself. Though the skip sheathing is badly rotted in places we may be able to salvage quite a bit. The rafters seem to have been spared owing in part to the quality of this old lumber, and we should not have to do any major structural repair or replacement. With the weight of the roofing material removed and before the metal goes on we will set a bunch of come-alongs and cable and see if we can't straighten the old girl out just a bit.