Some items on the home improvement list can remain unchecked for only so long. This is one of those items. It’s about 4+ years too late, but at least it’s finally done. I decided to have a professional do this because I don’t have access to the scaffolding or roof brackets to do it safely. Also I don’t have the time or desire. After soliciting several estimates from reputable (I’m told) roofers, I was not satisfied with any of their bids or advice on what I should ultimately do to avoid this procedure again for 15-20 years.
I finally found a contractor who asked me, “Well, what do you want to do?” As if my opinion on what should be done to my house actually mattered, not just what they could do fastest and cheapest. In the end I decided to do a tear off, add new decking over the top of the 70+ year old 1×12 decking, re-flash everything, and install new underlayment and shingles. I also had them take out the chimney since it is no longer used and is literally crumbling inside the house (this will become a project for another day).
Anyway, you only came here for the pictures: