Choosing the Right Rental Dumpster Bin for a Roofing Project

Most property owners put a lot of planning into their roofing projects. What sort of roofing materials they will use, whether they will have to tear off the existing roof, and how much it will cost them. When it comes time for them to hire a contractor, they often want someone who can offer the full service, including clean-up. As a contractor, it is wise to partner or hires a rental dumpster bin company to assist you. At National Bins, we can help you choose the type and size rental dumpster bin you will need for all the trash and debris a roofing project creates, as well as get it to the site.

Type of Shingles – Yes, This Matters!

Not all roofing shingles are created equal, and not just in terms of quality and appearance. The two main types of roofing shingles on the market are 3-tab asphalt shingles and architectural-style shingles.

3-tab shingles: This is a more traditional shingle you’d find on many homes. It’s a more budget-friendly option. It’s also a relatively lightweight shingle, so it’s easier to stay under the dumpster rental weight limit compared to premium-style shingles.

Architectural shingles: This is a newer type of roofing shingle that gives a more “premium” look to roofs. If this is the type of shingle you’re disposing of, be aware that these shingles are heavy compared to basic 3-tab shingles. Be careful not to underestimate the weight of these shingles.

Roofing “Square” vs. Square Footage

In the roofing industry, they’ll say a house is “20 square,” which means the roof has an area of 2,000 square feet. Generally, three bundles of shingles will cover 100 square feet or one square. Each bundle of three-tab shingles weighs between 60 and 80 pounds. So, if you’ve got a 2,000 square foot roof, you’ll have approximately 3,600 to 4,800 pounds of shingles coming off your roof and going into your rental dumpster bin!

Other Materials to Consider

In addition to the shingles, you will have some other materials that need to be disposed of. Felt paper, or underlayment, and nails will also add weight to the project. Felt paper generally weighs as follows: 15 lb paper about 0.2 pounds per square foot, 30 lb paper about 0.3 pounds per square foot, and 45 lb paper comes in at 0.5 pounds per square foot. In other words, if you’ve got a 2,000 square foot roof, you can expect an additional 400-1,000 pounds from just the felt paper.

If you are unsure of what size rental dumpster bin you might need, give us a call. At National Bins, we have 2 options: mixed waste bins and clean fill bins. Contact us now and one of our dumpster rental experts would love to help you select the right size bin for any roofing project!