Our house is the same age as sweet Emma.
This means they'll both be 18 on March 27. In the Florida sun, shingles have a lifetime of somewhere between 15 and 25 years, depending on the shingles you can afford. Ours are hanging in there, but lately, one and then another had slipped free and slid to the lawn.
I checked them and it was a case of never being stapled on all that well, so today I took two replacements up my steeply pitched roof and repaired the shingleless section.
My super ladder could not reach high enough while matching the angle of the roof unless I elevated it a few feet. My solution was to back the trailer up to the house and set the ladder in it. I felt this was better than bungeeing two ladders together :)
I secured it with ropes to prevent lateral sway, ratchet-strapped it to the trailer, and piled some cement boulders on the foot of the ladder to make it stay put.
The roof is repaired.
The shingles are much lighter and don't match the old weathered ones.
It's on the back side of the house so I'm not stressing over that little detail.
It really wasn't bad up there. The ladder was so stable that you could relax and enjoy the moment.
I love it when a plan comes together.