New Concrete porch with Shed Roof
Joe: I guess you've never seen my roof then; it does not leak. It is also not attached to the soffit; I have no idea where you got that idea. I removed the soffit and facia so that I had access in the eaves, and set the new roof's 2x12's on a beam next to the house. The 2x12's are next to, but not attached to, the old roof's trusses. The beam is on its own set of posts, so the whole new roof is completely independent of the house. There is no reason you can not DIY a simple roof; you just need to pay attention to the pitch, whether you are a pro or an amateur. Sure, you won't have 8' of height at the outside, but it's just a porch, not a living room. Going up to the old roof MAY be the "best", depending on how you define "best", but not necessarily for a DIY guy; that was my point. He'd have to do some homework on that, and it requires a lot more work.