Metal roof solves asbestos problem

Spring Valley Lake Country Club in Victorville, Calif., wasn’t losing members because of the outdated, deteriorating roof on its clubhouse, but the building’s exterior wasn’t very inviting for members or guests. The heavy wood shake roof had been there since Arnold Palmer was in his prime. Too bad it wasn’t aging as gracefully. Shakes had blown off. The remaining ones were dried out, badly sunbleached, and just plain old looking. General manager Bruce Zahn couldn’t wait to tear it off and put on something new. He wanted red tile. One problem: Under the original wood shake was a felt liner containing asbestos. Zahn checked with local abatement companies and discovered it would cost $55,000 to $75,000 just to abate the asbestos, as the club sits across the street from a lake in a high-wind area.