Starting the process of constructing a new roof is a big deal for any homeowner because it’s an investment in the durability and protection of their property as well as a practical requirement. Whether the replacement of an aged roof is being driven by obvious symptoms of wear and tear or by a desire to improve aesthetic appeal, it requires careful thought and rigorous planning. A successful outcome depends on careful planning, which includes knowing the nuances of the installation process, selecting the correct roofing materials, and hiring a reliable contractor. Come along as we discuss the crucial procedures and factors to take into account while constructing a new roof, giving homeowners the know-how and assurance to handle this significant undertaking.

installation of a new asphalt shingle roof by a team of professional roofers

How to Install a New Asphalt Shingle Roof

Installing a new asphalt shingle roof involves a meticulous process to ensure durability and protection for your home. At Shumaker Roofing, we start by safeguarding your property, covering landscaping, and using specialized equipment like the Equipter for efficient debris removal. We meticulously inspect and replace any damaged sheathing before installing drip edges and underlayment for enhanced water shedding and waterproofing. Our expert team then applies adhesive starting strips before precisely placing and sealing each shingle. Finally, thorough cleanup and inspection ensure a pristine finish. Trust Shumaker Roofing for expert installation that prioritizes quality, longevity, and the integrity of your home.

Step 1: Remove The Roof And Safeguard The Property

The first step in any new roofing project is to safeguard your property. We take care to cover surrounding shrubs and landscaping with tarps so that roof debris doesn’t end up in hard-to-reach areas or cause damage. With the help of an Equipter, a hydraulic bin that rises to the height of the roof, we make sure to carefully store your old roofing material. With the use of this sophisticated equipment, our roofing professionals can swiftly and efficiently dispose of old roofing material straight into the trash as opposed to letting it fall to the ground, where it would scatter and become impossible to retrieve. Our method simplifies and expedites cleanup.

Count on our skilled crew to not only expertly remove your old roof but also ensure a tidy cleanup process. Safeguarding your property, we dispose of the waste in the Equipter dumpster, meticulously positioned for efficiency. Trust Shumaker Roofing for comprehensive roofing services that prioritize both quality and cleanliness.

Step 2: Replace Or Remove The Rotting Sheathing

At Shumaker Roofing, we go above and beyond to ensure the integrity of your roofing structure. After meticulously removing the shingles, our team of professionals conducts a comprehensive inspection of the exposed sheathing. This step is crucial as it allows us to identify any damage that may require immediate repair. Given that water damage is a common occurrence in roofing systems, we prioritize this inspection to safeguard against potential issues.

Should any sections of the sheathing be compromised, rest assured, we take swift action. Our experts expertly remove the damaged sheathing and replace it with brand-new, sturdy materials, providing your new roof with a robust foundation to withstand the elements for years to come. With Shumaker Roofing, you can trust in our commitment to quality craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail, ensuring your peace of mind and the longevity of your roof.

Step 3: Put The Drip Edge In Place

In the face of rainstorms, the significance of drip margins cannot be overstated. These essential components act as formidable barriers, preventing horizontal rain from infiltrating the roof system and facilitating proper water shedding. At Shumaker Roofing, we prioritize meticulous attention to detail, adhering strictly to both manufacturer specifications and local regulations to ensure optimal performance and compliance.

As part of our comprehensive approach to roofing, our expert team meticulously installs drip edges with precision and care. Following the manufacturer’s instructions and local laws, we strategically position the drip edge, maintaining a distance of 4 inches from the roof’s center. This strategic placement not only enhances the effectiveness of the drip edge but also contributes to the overall integrity and durability of your roofing system.

With Shumaker Roofing, you can rest assured that every aspect of your roofing project receives the utmost attention, guaranteeing long-lasting protection and peace of mind for years to come.

Step 4: Put The Underlayment In Place

Putting the underlayment in place refers to the process of installing a layer of material beneath the primary surface material, such as flooring or roofing. This underlayment serves several important purposes depending on the context. For example, flooring, it provides a smooth and level surface for the flooring material to be installed on, while also acting as a moisture barrier and offering some degree of sound insulation. In roofing, underlayment serves as a secondary barrier against water penetration, protecting the roof deck from moisture damage. 

Proper installation of the underlayment is crucial for the long-term durability and performance of the surface material. It typically involves carefully laying out the material, ensuring proper overlap and sealing of seams or joints, and securing it to the substrate using appropriate fasteners or adhesives. Overall, putting the underlayment in place is a critical step in the construction or renovation process to ensure the integrity and longevity of the finished surface.

Step 5: Put The Starting Strip In Place

At Shumaker Roofing, we go above and beyond to ensure the utmost protection for your home. As part of our meticulous installation process, we incorporate an adhesive starting strip to effectively seal your roofing system. This specialized strip boasts a continuous adhesive backing, meticulously designed to create a robust seal that shields your house from any potential water incursion. Rest assured, with Shumaker Roofing, your home’s structural integrity is fortified, providing you with peace of mind and unparalleled durability against the elements. Trust us to safeguard your investment with our commitment to excellence in every detail of our roofing services.

Step 6: Close All Pipe And Vent Openings

At Shumaker Roofing, we understand that every roof comprises penetrations essential for air circulation into interior spaces. These openings serve multiple purposes, from facilitating sewage ventilation to accommodating curve vents for kitchen ranges or bathrooms. To ensure comprehensive protection against water infiltration between the underlayment and shingles, our meticulous approach involves sealing each vent with a generous application of high-quality roofing cement.

Our commitment to excellence extends beyond mere installation; it encompasses a thorough understanding of roofing dynamics and the implementation of industry best practices. Rest assured, with Shumaker Roofing, your roof receives not just a surface-level treatment but a comprehensive solution designed to withstand the test of time. Trust us to safeguard your home with precision and expertise.

Step 7: Install The Shingles

At Shumaker Roofing, our expertise extends to the meticulous installation of shingles, a crucial step in fortifying your roof against the elements. With a keen eye for detail and a commitment to quality, our seasoned professionals ensure that each shingle is placed with precision and care. By employing industry-leading techniques and top-grade materials, we guarantee a durable and long-lasting roof that enhances the integrity and aesthetic appeal of your property. Whether it’s asphalt, wood, or any other shingle type, trust Shumaker Roofing to deliver superior craftsmanship and unparalleled results, safeguarding your home with excellence you can rely on.

Step 8: Cleanup and Inspect

After your new roof has been completed and inspected, our staff will remove any old roofing material, nails, or other loose objects. We will clean your gutters, removing any debris that may have fallen during the roofing procedure. We will expose your landscaping and run a high-powered, professional magnet over it. Nails and other metal debris are notoriously difficult to find, especially on flat surfaces like a concrete driveway. Our crew uses an industrial strong magnet to ensure that no errant roofing nails or metal are hidden out of sight.

realistic depiction of a professional meeting about a roofing contract

Ensuring Clarity and Protection: Key Elements to Include in Your Roofing Contract

The most important thing is a concrete, detailed scope of work in the contract so that there’s no ambiguity about what you’re paying for. This also makes it easier to compare quotes from apples to apples. A lot of contractors will have implicit assumptions about what’s included and may not be explicit in the document you sign. That is asking for problems later if there’s any misunderstanding. You want to avoid misunderstandings upfront.

You don’t necessarily need to push them to revise their contract but it’s good to protect yourself and shoot an email to confirm details as needed. If it’s not in writing, it might as well not exist.

Stuff like:

  • What is their contractor license number?
    Confirm details (insurance, bond) with your state if possible.
    My state offers an online portal to do this.
  • Will they pull a permit?
  • Removal and disposal of old roofs should be included in the bid.
  • Cost to replace rotten plywood discovered during roof removal – how much (if any) is included and what’s the unit cost after that?
    Aside from this, ask them how other “surprise” costs (change orders) are handled.
  • What’s the ventilation solution for the roof? Is it different from your current ventilation?
  • What is their warranty for workmanship and what manufacturer’s warranty applies?
  • Details on materials that will be used (e.g. shingles, flashings, ice/water shield, underlayment)
  • How are they protecting the property, landscaping, etc, and what does their contract say about liability for damages?
  • Are they cleaning up the property after work is complete? Expect a lot of nails, shingles, and random crap strewed about and ideally, the contract says they’re cleaning it up.


Shumaker Roofing is committed to guiding homeowners through the meticulous process of installing a new roof with expertise and dedication. From safeguarding the property during debris removal to fortifying the roof’s foundation with thorough sheathing inspections, every step is executed with precision. They utilize advanced materials to ensure unparalleled durability and protection. Transparency is paramount, with detailed contracts outlining every aspect of the installation process. With a focus on quality craftsmanship and customer satisfaction, Shumaker Roofing provides peace of mind and elevates the protection and aesthetics of homes in Maryland. Trust them to be your partner in achieving a superior roofing solution.

FAQs About Installing a New Roof

Q1: What are the different types of roofing materials available, and which one is best suited for my home?

A: Common roofing materials include asphalt shingles, metal roofing, tile roofing, wood shakes, and slate. The best choice depends on factors such as budget, climate, and aesthetic preferences. Asphalt shingles are popular for their affordability and durability, while metal roofing offers longevity and energy efficiency.

Q2: How long will the installation process take, and what disruptions should I expect during this time?

A: The duration of the installation process varies based on factors like roof size and weather conditions. Typically, installation takes from a few days to a couple of weeks. During this time, expect some noise and debris around your property.

Q3: What measures will be taken to protect my property and landscaping during the installation?

A: Reputable roofing contractors use tarps and protective coverings to shield landscaping, windows, and other vulnerable areas. They also minimize property damage and ensure a thorough cleanup afterward.

Q4: What warranties are provided for workmanship and materials used in the new roof installation?

A: Reputable contractors offer warranties for both workmanship and materials. Workmanship warranties cover installation defects, while material warranties vary by manufacturer and product.

Q5: What is the estimated cost of installing a new roof, and are there any potential additional expenses I should be aware of?

A: The cost depends on factors like roof size, materials, labor costs, and additional services like removing the old roof. Get a detailed estimate from your contractor, including all potential expenses. Also, inquire about potential additional costs such as unforeseen structural repairs or ventilation upgrades.