Did you know roofers absolutely LOVE trash dumpster rental services? It’s true! We make their jobs infinitely easier by turning a laborious chore into something, well…less laborious.
Dumpster rentals allow roofers to pitch directly into the canister, making clean up a lot easier. Plus, they get hauled away by the rental service when the job is done; no additional removal effort required.
So if you’re a professional who’s into roofing, or just an adventurous do-it-yourselfer, here’s a guide to renting the right dumpster for your next roofing project.
Shingle type plays a large role in determining the proper dumpster size for your project. There are two main types, and their attributes are as follows:
- “3-Tab” Shingles: Most homes have the 3-tab shingle variety, as they tend to be the most budget-friendly option on the market today. With an appearance composed of off-set rectangles, they lie relatively flat to the roof line. As a general rule, these tend to be lightweight and easily stay within the weight limits of the dumpster you’re choosing to rent.
- Premium or “Architectural” Shingles: A newer shingle on today’s market, they have an overlapping rhomboid shape which gives them a textural, three-dimensional appearance. However, these are significantly heavier than their 3-tab counterparts. You’ll need to factor in the additional weight when determining dumpster size. Otherwise, you’ll risk racking up pretty significant overage charges.
Roofers often refer to “squares” as their preferred measurement, but don’t get confused with a square foot! One roofer’s square is equal to 100 square feet, so be careful when ordering both shingles and dumpsters. You’ll need to account for the proper measurements, and be sure to communicate whether you’re using “squares” or square feet when discussing measurements with your waste management provider.
Calculating Dumpster Size Based on the Quantity of Shingles
As we mentioned before, calculating the right size depends on both the volume and weight of the shingles you’re working with. Plus, you’ll want to bear in mind that roofs tend to have shingle layers, meaning there’s always a bit more than you think there’s going to be. So if you’re roof has two shingle layers, you’ll need to account for twice the waste.
Also, it helps to have rough approximations of weight based on pounds per square when estimating the job. Here’s how the two basic types break-down weight-wise:
- 3-Tab. Each roofer’s square weighs approximately 250 pounds. That’s about 1.25 tons per 10 square measurement.
- Architectural. Remember, these guys are much heavier. Each roofer’s square weighs about 400 pounds; roughly 40% more than their 3-tab counterparts. That’s about 2 tons per 10 square measurement.
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