Roof Repair & Replacement

Many people have questions as to what goes on when we repair or replace a roof.  Roofing is very labor intensive.  Although we offer some answers in our Frequently Asked Questions , we also feel as though a visual walk-through of our roofing replacement repair procedure could help you as well. And like they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words”!
That is why we sit down and show you what to expect.  This makes your experience smooth and predictable as our roofing repair and installation teams handle the tasks at hand.   View our gallery of fine homes completed over the years.

Overview: How to install a roof

1. Tear off all old roofing materials.

2. Remove old nails hanging up,  set new nails to secure the roof decking.

3. Any damage found is addressed.

4. Install water valleys.      Metal water valleys -vs- rubber adhesive

5. Install roofing felt.

6. Install new asphalt fiberglass roofing shingles.

7. Replace plumbing stacks with new covers.

8. Install ridge vents if ordered.

9. Flash chimney with new metal flashing.

10. Clean job – the job is not finished until it is cleaned up and tools packed away.

11. Final inspections by crew, homeowner and insurance company if applicable.

12.  Satisfaction Exit Interview.

13. Job photos.

Hawkins Residential Roofing, Inc. Install Procedures

  • Materials will be delivered the morning of job start.
  • A Hawkins Roofing Foreman will be on hand at the time of the start of the job.
  • No one needs to be home during the roof installation.
  • All gates need to be unlocked during installation for access to the entire property.

  • Attic entrance and goods covered with plastic.
  • Pool and Spas covered with plastic.
  • Landscape protected as needed.
  • Windows and screens protected as needed.

  • Attics need to be inspected for non-compliant electrical wires.
  • Any electrical wires strung over rafters can be penetrated by shingle fasteners which can cause a fire.
  • This type of wiring must be moved by a licensed electrician

  • Tearing off old shingles from the top down prevents excessie debris from falling in attic.
  • On lower pitched roofs most debris will be dumped directly into the cleanup truck.
  • On steeper roofs debris will be thrown onto tarps and then haulted to the cleanup truck.

  • Whether we are using CDX exterior grade plywood or OSB (orientated strand board) both materials meet all APA(American Plywood Association) and local building code requirements.
  • Lathe boards will be moved as needed for proper nail off.
  • Metal deck clips will be used on all horizontal edges for proper spacing of decking.

  • Felt paper is a moisture barrier needed in all roof installations.
  • 15lb. paper is used on low pitched roofs.
  • 30lb. paper is used on steeper pitched roofs to prevent tearing rom foot traffic.
  • Fiberglass felt is recommended in all GAF slateline and ELK capstone roofs because of its ability to not wrinkle.

  • Pre-painted drip edges are used on all installations.
  • Drip edge is used to prevent decking from being exposed to the weather.
  • Drip edge properly installed can prevent water from dripping behind gutters and deteriorating the facia board.
  • Pre-painted drip edge is made out of Galvalume which will not rust and it comes in several different colors.

  • Shingles will be installed as per manufacturer recommended specifications.
  • Nails will be a minimum 1 1/4 inches in length.
  • Crews are required to shingle all exposed felt daily to insure water tight integrity

  • We always use lead vent flashings which will last the lifetime of your roof, many other roofers use plastic ent flashings which will not last as long in our Texas weather conditions.
  • Ring-shanked grommet nails with neoprene washers used to fasten down all vent flashings.
  • Lead vent flashings are then painted to match roof coloring.

  • Most heater pipes are made with a 4-part system; base flashing, double walled galvanized pipe, pipe collar and the cap.
  • We inspect each part and replace as needed to avoid premature problems with your new roofing.
  • Ring-shanked grommet nails with neoprene washers used to fasten down all heater flashings
  • The flashings are then painted to match the roof color.

  • We replace top & bottom pitch pan and step shingles on sides when replacing skylight flashing.
  • We clean skylight domes inside and out.
  • Install weather stripping to keep out drafts.
  • All flashing painted to match.


Thanks!  Randy Hawkins