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How Much Does a Bundle of Roofing Shingles Weigh?


When most people plan to get a new roof, they don't realize that most roofers won't handle the disposal of their current roof. The contractor will rip off the old shingles to prep the roof for new materials, but you'll have to get rid of those shingles yourself. You can try loading it all up into a truck and making a few trips to the dump, but renting a dumpster instead will be much easier. You'll need to estimate the weight of the old shingles so you can get a dumpster that's the right size.

Calculate the Weight of a Bundle of Your Shingles

The best way to estimate the weight of your old shingles is by figuring out how many bundles were laid onto your roof. You can calculate the bundle amount by using your roof's square footage. Each bundle is 33 square feet; if your roof is 1200 square feet, that means you have 36 bundles of shingles. The weight of each bundle depends on the type of shingles that you have. Here's a breakdown of some common roofing materials:

  • Asphalt shingles typically weigh 60-80 pounds per bundle
  • Clay tile shingles are about 200-300 pounds per bundle
  • Steel roof panels range from 50-100 pounds per bundle, depending on how reinforced they are
  • Bundles of concrete tiles weigh about 200-300 pounds

If your current roof uses an uncommon material or you would like to be as specific as possible, you may need to ask the roofer who initially completed your roofing project or have your current contractor perform an estimate. Some shingles, such as asphalt, are often laid in layers to add additional resistance to the wind and rain, so make sure you count each layer when calculating the weight of your old tiles.

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Pick a Dumpster That's the Right Size

Once you have the square footage of your roof and the weight of its materials, you should contact a local company to secure a dumpster rental for shingle disposal. Part of what makes renting a dumpster a convenient option is that the company will deliver the bin at a scheduled day and time, place it close to the home to make disposing of the shingles easy, and pick it up when scheduled to allow the roofing crew to start work on your new roof with minimal disruptions. Because you've already calculated your roof's square footage, you'll use that to calculate the size of the dumpster you'll need. Dumpsters are designed to hold specific tonnages, so you should give your dumpster provider the estimated weight to get a bin that can safely handle the weight of your shingles.

Contact Bin There Dump That

For years, Bin There Dump That has helped homeowners and contractors safely and conveniently dispose of roof shingles, construction materials, and more with our reliable dumpster rental services. With locally-owned and operated locations across the country, we offer each customer friendly, reliable service and a quick rental process that lets you get your rental dumpster within 24 hours and sometimes that same day. To schedule a dumpster rental for your next project, find an operator in your area today.

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