I have a 130 year old roof that has never been replaced. It has 6 layers of sheet asphalt on it along with countless layers of tar.
I stripped down one section (2 squares size) on a low slope roof to expose petrified wood. This section leaked 5 gallons every rainfall, so something had to be done RIGHT AWAY.
Since this area was complicated with chimney and vents, flashing took 3 days, and I left the mold bake out of the wood in the August sun for 5 hot days. I also bleached it from the bottom and scraped off the mold from the under side too. I reinforced the bottom with treated plywood sections and resin’d the 1.5 x 28 inch wide chestnut planks. I pulled the treated plywood up from beneath with deck screws.
Snow/ice/felt/flashing mud/starter/30yr and I pried up and stuffed the last shingles up under the 6 layers of asphalt to be replaced next summer.
Had three bids: They all want $1,000 a square to replace. This is with me supplying the materials. It only has a 5/12 pitch on 8 squares remaining. Those two squares took me a week of evenings (I have a day job). For $1,000 a square for labor, I can do it myself.
I really want standing seam, but nobody around here does that (another do-it-myself job?). Again, not beyond my capabilities.
Sooooooooooooooo… Your roof goes BANG every now and then? I’ve got freakin ghosts in this place. People were violently murdered here. 90 years ago, a man lost his wife and kids to a pandemic illness that swept through here. He sat down by the fireplace and drank poison while he cried himself to death… just a two feet from where I’m typing this message.
Folks tell me mobsters lived here through the 1920s and on… BANG!! Wanna Trade houses???