Thank you for sending the roof report. I have a couple of questions:
First, you say a random sampling indicates the use of STAPLES. So does this apply to that one item only (SE corner of formal LR), or does this mean you checked a few other different areas and saw that the roofers used staples?
Second, regarding the areas where the siding absorbing water leading to early decay — what do you suggest? How do we fix it? Who should we have do it? (Painters/roofers/someone else?) What needs to be done? (Do the boards need to be replaced, or just trimmed (one inch up) and re-sealed with paint?) And if those areas are fixed, is the flashing tall enough to cover any new gaps left?
I was very surprised to see that I had typed the word STAPLES in my report.
The correct answer is NAILS; I have attached the report with corrected verbiage. Sampling was difficult because the shingles were already adhering by means of the adhesive strip to make a solid seal between shingles.
Well the decay has been a slow process best handled prior to installing a new roof. If you were to cut the siding up one inch there would still be two inches of adequate flashing. The step flashing height is designed with the understanding that siding material will be one inch above the roof. I think it may be hard to cut at this point (cut with a power saw 95% of the way into the siding and finish the cut with a box cutter or linoleum type of knife.
At this point may want to just sand, prime and paint the wood in these areas and keep up with annual maintenance. If you are stay for 8 to 10 years then consider trimming the siding back.