Redoing your Roof this Year? Here’s What you Need to Know

Redoing your Roof this Year? Here's What you Need to Know

There are a number of reasons to replace your existing roofing, such as to enhance the beauty of your home or simply to prevent leaks when it rains, but they all have one thing in common. You will need to get rid of the old shingles when the job is done. Renting a bin from a waste hauling and removal company like Debris Box may be the best solution.

Why Should You Consider a Waste Hauling Company for Roofing Projects?

When the roofers redo or repair your roof, they will remove the old shingles first. They will also remove any rotted or damaged wood. By renting a bin from a waste hauling company, all the old shingles and roofing debris go directly into the bin, instead of being dropped into your flower bed or on your newly-mown lawn. This keeps everything contained until the job is finished, but that’s not the best part of the deal. The waste hauling company will then pick up the bin and take it all away to the proper facilities. You never need to touch the waste and don’t need to get permits or hassle with waste disposal.

What Type of Bin Will You Need for Your Roof?

The type and size of the bin you will need depends on several factors: the size of your roof, whether the roof is currently double (or triple shingled), the kind of roofing material you have, and the pitch of your roof. Here’s what you need to know.

  • Roof Size: Roofs are measured in squares, but don’t be fooled into thinking that is the same as the square footage of your roof. It isn’t. A square of roofing is equal to 100 square feet of shingles, or three bundles of shingles. To calculate the number of squares of your roof, divide the total square footage of your roof by 100. For example, if your roof covers 3,000 square feet, divide it by 100 to get 30 squares of roofing. You can also calculate the area of your roof with a roofing calculator if you know the pitch of the roof and the square footage of the house’s base.
By renting a bin from a waste hauling company, all the old shingles are roofing debris goes directly into the bin.
  • Single or Double Shingled: Sometimes roofers add a second layer of shingles over the first one when they are re-roofing a home. If someone did this to your roof in the past, you might have two or more layers of shingles on your existing roof. Because they will all need to come off, multiply the squares of the roof by two to compensate for the added layer of waste shingles when you are choosing a bin size for dumpster rentals.
  • Types of Shingles: Recommended bin sizes for roofing projects are calculated using standard asphalt shingle sizes. If your existing roofing is cedar shingles or some other material that does not match the size of asphalt shingles, you will need to make adjustments in size. For example, cedar shake wastes require more space than the waste from asphalt shingles do.

Use the number of roofing squares of your home to locate the appropriate size dumpster for the project on this chart. If you are unsure how to adjust the size for different roofing materials or have difficulty determining the size of your roof, talk to your roofer or call a waste hauling and removal company, like Debris Box for guidance.

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One Comment

Afton Jackson

Thank you for talking about the different types of shingles and how to use the proper sizes for a re-roofing project. One of the things that makes it hard to renovate my aunt’s house is how irregular the size and shape of her roof is. We were planning to do a roof replacement project ourselves, but couldn’t figure out how to properly use shingles to get the best fit, so we’ll definitely ask a roofing contractor to help secure a proper roof for my aunt.


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