As you can see, this is a hip roof with a lot of valleys and angles. And, to complicate matters even further, there are (roughly 10x10) flat roofs on either end on the back. I am attaching a couple of jpg's of one of these, also. They have leaked since the roofs were new, and there will be joist/rafter repairs to be made.
Here is the project: 1. Replace the shingles and repair 1x6 roughsawn decking as necessary. 2. Replace the flat roofs and decking and repair joists, etc. as necessary. I do not want to ever have any more problems with these and am considering a rubber membrane roof material. 3. Replace soffits and facia and maybe cover soffits and facia with vinyl via a vinyl contractor.
I have had 4 recommended roofers out to look at the house, and none ever even called me back. Seems like they want a quick in and out (shingles only) and do not want to do any real work. So, I am considering undertaking the project myself with the help of my oldest son, who is a plumber and electrician and has done misc. carpentry and improvements, and my nineteen year old son who is out of school for the summer. I figure that, should we encounter a situation that we are not comfortable tackling ourselves, we will call in a specialist for that problem. At the moment, I am thinking about that place on the back where two roof planes come together and then drain onto the flat roof. Rafter/joist work will be necessary there, and, due to the angles, it may be necessary to bring in an expert on hip roof framing.
Here are the problems/questions which I would appreciate some help with:
1. Order - Considering what must be done, as outlined above, what order should they be done in?
2. Time - We will be slow. It might take us a week (and, perhaps, longer if we have to wait on experts to come in) to get the roof on. That brings the almost certain problem of rain. What do we do about this? One roofer, who was a Mexican, said that he would recommend the shingles be applied in stages.(???) Or what about tarps, etc?
3. The flat roofs - I want these fixed, period, and am considering a rubber membrane roof. What do you think?
I would like to replace these with sloped roofs, but, due to the complicated angles involved, this appears not to be an option. Any suggestions here?
4. Soffits/facia - If I decide to go with vinyl on these, what should I put up in preparation for the vinyl guy to come in and do his thing?
Let me say in advance that I will be very grateful for any and all suggestions. I must get cracking on this project, and so I am starting here.