How To Rent The Right Size Dumpster For Your Roofing Project

One of the most common uses for roll off dumpster rentals is for contractors and homeowners that are re-roofing or stripping off the old shingles from a house.  Local Dumpster Rental helps thousands of people every year that are re-doing an old roof due to damage or just wear and tear form years of being exposed to the elements.  Roof’s are measured in units of measurement called squares.  A square is defined as 100 square feet of shingles.  A lot of experienced roofers can look at a roof and come up with a rough estimate of the amount of material that will be pulled off but the weight can be a tricky thing to figure out.

Recommended dumpster sizes for asphalt roofing shingles
Dumpster Size Dumpster Size Rating **Potential Weight (Tons)
10 Yard Dumpster 30 Squares or 3000 sq feet 4.84
15 Yard Dumpster 45 Squares or 4500 sq feet 7.26
20 Yard Dumpster 60 Squares or 6000 sq feet 9.68
30 Yard Dumpster 90 Squares or 9000 sq feet 14.51

**Potential Weight is based on the averages 322.5 pounds/square but experts say the weight can vary between 245 and 400 lbs.  Actual weight can vary and the above should just be used as a guideline.

The weight of the shingles being pulled off will vary depending on the level of deterioration, the original quality of the shingles and a few other factors but we have come up with some basic guidelines that will help you make an informed decision.  Depending on the region of the country you live in, certain areas will have different policies with regard to shingles because it is easier to recycle them in some states.  This will be determined by your local recycling plants and your cities view of recycling items.  If you want to find out more about your specific location, feel free to call one of our customer service reps and they will guide you through the process.  Another common occurrence that the average homeowner may not be aware of is the phenomena of having multiple layers of shingles on one roof.  This takes place when rather than pulling off old shingles, a company may just put new shingles over the old ones.  This practice is not recommended and ultimately, when you need to rent a dumpster for the old materials, you need to multiply your squares by two or sometimes even three depending on the number of layers of shingles.  Below is a handy chart will allow you to visually see what size dumpster rental is right for your project.  As with everything, this is a guideline and we always recommend that you get more than less if you are not sure because you do not want to come up short:

* Roof Length
* Roof Width
* Layers

Square Feet
Potential Weight (tons)
Recommended Dumpster Size

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