Are you currently making plans to have your roof replaced or repaired? If so, you will need an efficient solution to eliminate debris. Renting a dumpster for roofing debris removal is a great way to make the whole process simple and easy.  With that said, you will need to decide on the size bin that you need for your project. Let’s take a look at how to do so in a little more detail.

Choosing The Right Size of Dumpster For Your Roofing Project?

By understanding the square footage of your roof and the shingle type you are removing, you can easily calculate the size of the dumpster you will need.  Another critical point to note is that not all roofing projects require an entire roof replacement. Sometimes, it simply involves roof repairs where shingles are removed as needed.  

  • To calculate the weight of your roof debris, take the size of the roof (square) and multiply it by the shingle weight per square (lbs.).  Next, multiply the number of shingle layers, plus any additional debris, such as wood and felt.  
  • One square of shingles is equal to 100 square feet or three bundles of shingles, which equates to approximately 250 to 400 pounds plus anywhere from 50 to 100 pounds in felt, plywood, etc.  Debris from shingles and roofing materials is heavy.  
  • Some roofs have two layers, and hence you will need to double the amount if this is the case for your roof. For instance, if you have cedar shakes, you are going to need a bigger dumpster.

Roofing Debris Removal Based on Volume of Shingle Squares:    

Architectural Shingles

  • 10 to 20 squares of shingle debris will need 10-15 yards of dumpster space
  • 20 to 40 squares of shingle debris will need 15-20 yards of dumpster space
  • 40 to 60 squares of shingle debris will need 2 of the 20-yard dumpsters
  • 60 to 80 squares of shingle debris will need 3 of the 20-yard dumpsters

Architectural roofing shingles are a type of shingle that gives a dimensional look to your roof.  They are heavier than three-tab roofing shingles, which should be a consideration for debris removal weight.  

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Three-Tab Shingles

  • 10 to 20 squares of shingle debris will need 10-yards of dumpster space
  • 20 to 40 squares of shingle debris will need 15-yards of dumpster space
  • 40 to 60 squares of shingle debris will need a 20-yard dumpster
  • 60 to 80 squares of shingle debris will need 2 of the 20-yard dumpsters

Three-tab shingles are more traditional shingles.  They are common and used for many homes.  This type of shingle is lighter than architectural shingles.

It all comes down to the weight of your shingle debris when choosing the right dumpster.  It’s not enough to simply order the correct size; you need to make sure that the company you use can haul the weight of your shingle debris.  A lot of smaller dumpsters are delivered with smaller trucks that are limited in their abilities.  It is essential to consider the weight limits offered in addition to the size of the dumpster.  If a company provides a “2-ton limit” and you have 6 tons of shingles, you may be stuck with hundreds in overage fees. Knowing the weight limit for your dumpster rental will help you select the best dumpster for your job.

What Else Should you Consider for Roofing Debris Removal?

Consider Efficiency

Of course, if you are taking on the roofing project yourself or hiring a contractor to care for it for you, leaning on the experts to help you select the best-sized dumpster is the way to go.  At KC Dumpster Company, our professional team is here to help you with your debris removal needs.  

Efficiency is vital in any project.  Calling with your project details will allow us to schedule your rental, ensure that you have chosen the correct container for your needs, and provide you with tips related to your roofing debris removal.

Debris Removal Budget Considerations

Although renting a dumpster for your roofing debris removal is an added expense to your project, it will save you time and money in the long run.  

Shingles and other roofing materials are very heavy, and their shape is bulky and awkward. If you do not rent a dumpster, it will leave you with the task of hauling off all the shingles yourself. Adding additional project time to haul off waste can be extremely costly. Renting the right bin removes any added stress at the close of the job.  Once the job is complete, we will haul away the debris.  We offer affordable and convenient service.

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Consider Your Time

As well as thinking about your budget, you should also consider the time that you have available. Having to move roofing shingles yourself can require a lot of time and effort. If you are already short of time and the current roofing project is causing a stress level, the added step of debris removal can lengthen your project time may cause a delay to your next project.  Renting a roofing dumpster means that everything will get completed and cleared away when the job is complete.

What Can You Dispose Of In A Roofing Dumpster Rental?

You may be interested in knowing what types of items you can dispose of in a roofing dumpster. After all, you do not want to find yourself in a position where you have filled the dumpster with debris that is not allowed. It is always a good idea to check when you call to see what materials can dispose of in your bin.  The list below should serve as a good guide:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wooden shingles
  • Wood
  • Underlayment
  • Roofing gravel
  • Flashing and trim
  • Tiles
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The Bottom Line on Roofing Debris Removal

Whether your project requires repair or a total roof replacement, you will generate waste in the form of shingles and other roofing materials. You can easily use the square footage of your roof to evaluate the best size of roofing dumpster to rent, which resolves debris removal, which for many is one of the most concerning issues when on a project site.  Renting your dumpster is quick and easy at KC Dumpster Company.  Just give us a call, and we will make sure your roll-off dumpster is delivered when and where you need it.  Once you schedule your rental, you can put the worry of hauling off debris to the side.  We are here to help you save money, time, and energy.