So the siding must come down and repairs to the sheathing must be made. The vinyl siding was ordered, delivered, and is waiting in the garage.
The beginning of the siding removal. Here you can see my attempt at fixing the flaking siding and painting it in 30 degree weather, UGLY!
The worst of it was at/behind the chimney. The first roof failed and allowed a ton of water down the chimney and it ruined the sheathing behind it quite badly. I suspect the chimney was the reason for replacing the roof in the first place. Luckily there was no sign of moisture there and the previous hale had been patched.
Our first step was removing the siding from behind the chimney which wasn’t even the hard part. Then we had to remove the sheathing nailed in behind the chimney as it was added on after the house was sided. Most of the sheathing crumbed off and we were happy to find the wall studs were in good shape with no rot, the sheathing had done it’s job!
We began replacing the sheathing and foamed around the chimney which was a massive heat loss, the foam is visible from inside the house. We started with the easier lower section and had to fight it into place.
We removed the damaged section of soffit as well and pre-cut and painted the replacement pieces as I am not a huge fan of painting above my head on a scaffold. We finished the day late by completing the soffit and replaced all the damaged sheathing.