Dumpsters for Roof Repair

How Big of a Dumpster Do I Need for My Roofing Repair?

Have you recently taken a look at your roof, have you noticed any missing shingles, holes, or other issues? If your roof is in need of repair, or older than 20 years then it may be time to repair or replace your current roof. The average roof lasts around 20 years, homeowners with wood shingles or shake roofing can usually squeeze somewhere around 30 years out of their roofs, while asphalt roofs can last as little as 15 years. If you find that it’s time to replace your roof, you will need to rent a dumpster to dispose of the mess, but before you call there are a few things you should know.

Before You Call

Three tab shingles and architectural shingles come in a variety of sizes and different weights, when determining how big of a dumpster you’ll need you need to take into account the size of the roof, and number of shingles, from there you can calculate the weight accordingly. If you just have a general idea of how many pounds of material you’ll be tossing in the dumpster, we recommend choosing a larger dumpster size. Keep in mind dumpsters have weight limits, and if you go over you will be charged an additional fee.

Some dumpster rental companies will also have a stipulation about separating roofing material for recycling purposes. When you call, be sure to let the rental company know what exactly you’re throwing out, for example, concrete shingles can be recycled and used in construction projects, while metal roofing can be melted down and re-used in other ways, and asphalt shingles may be recycled to fill potholes.

Choose the Correct Dumpster Size

If you’re unsure about how much material you’ll be putting in the dumpster, always go with a larger dumpster size. By choosing a larger size you minimize the risk of overfill your container. If you overfill your container, you most likely will be charged an additional fee. Let your rental company know the approximate number of “squares” on your roof. One square is equal to three bundles of shingles, which will cover 100 square feet. You should count on each square of three-tab shingles to weigh around 250 lbs, while architectural squares will weigh around 360 lbs. If you’re still unsure, you can call the company who is doing your roof and ask them how many squares they’re putting up.

You may want to consider the problem of multiple layers of roofing. This issue should be discussed with your roofers, as this could add multiple squares on top of the outer layer that is coming off. For example if you have a 20 square foot roof with two layers of shingles to dispose of, you will need a dumpster that can handle 40 squares.

Take a look at an estimate of our dumpster sizes and the number of squares they can handle:

  • 10 Yard Dumpster: 30 Squares
  • 20 Yard Dumpster: 60 Squares
  • 30 Yard Dumpster: 90 Squares


We hope you’ve found this helpful when ordering a dumpster for your roofing project! Remember for all of your dumpster needs call us at Dumpster Rental Inc for an affordable dumpster rental. Call today for a free quote and get started on your home improvement today!


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