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I’m Taking on a Roofing Project – What Size Dumpster Should I Rent?

Man standing on a roof and repairing old construction

The average roof lasts around 20 years, which means there will always be a job for roofing professionals. Homeowners with wood shingle or shake roofing can squeeze around three decades out of their roofs while asphalt roofs can last as little as 15 years. The life of a roof will also be affected by the severity of the weather it is subjected to. When it comes time to replace the roof, you will need to know what’s involved in hauling off the refuse, and the type of materials your roof is made out of will affect what size dumpster you will need.

For instance, three-tab shingles and architectural shingles have different sizes and weights. By taking into account the size of the roof and number of shingles, you can calculate the weight of the refuse and rent a dumpster accordingly. However, be mindful of tonnage limits – if you go over, you will most likely be charged extra.

If you have a rough idea of how many pounds of materials you’ll be putting in the dumpster but aren’t quite sure, choose a dumpster a size larger as this can save you money...

Some rental companies will also have a stipulation about separating roofing materials for recycling purposes, so be sure to ask before you rent. For instance, concrete shingles can be recycled and used in gravel road construction; metal roofing can be melted down and re-used for new panels or other products; and asphalt shingles can be used to fill potholes.

Find the right roll off dumpster size for your roofing project

If you have a rough idea of how many pounds of materials you’ll be putting in the dumpster but aren’t quite sure, choose a dumpster a size larger as this can save you money if you do end up with more than you originally thought you’d have.

You’ll want to call multiple rental companies to find out where you’ll get the best deal. However, you’ll need to give them some specifics first, like the approximate number of “squares” on your roof. One square equals three bundles of shingles, which will cover 100 square feet. Count on each square of three-tab shingles weighing around 250 pounds. However, architectural squares are going to weigh around 360 pounds. If you don’t know, call your roofing company and ask them how many squares they are putting up.

There is also the problem of multiple layers of roof that might be coming off. This is another issue you should discuss with your roofers as this could add multiple “squares” on top of the outer layer that is coming off. So, if you have a 20 square roof with two layers of shingles coming off, you’ll need a roll-off dumpster that can handle 40 squares.

Here’s an estimate of the container sizes and the number of squares that they can handle:

The most popular season for roofing projects is late summer and early fall. While the temperature is more moderate during this time the year, the asphalt on the road in front of your home can still heat up and become malformed when your dumpster is dropped off. Lay down plywood where the dumpster is going so you won’t damage your street.

A City Suburban Services, Inc. has dumpsters up to 30 cubic yards, able to handle 10,000 pounds worth of debris. We also have six cubic yard dumpsters for the small roofing jobs, like a detached garage or shed. Our rates are competitive, so call us today and get a free quote.

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