A Guide to Getting the Right Dumpster For Your Roofing Job

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While most homeowners realize that there are a lot of decisions that need to be made in regard to roofing projects, choosing the right dumpster for the job is something that often falls by the wayside. The dumpster you pick, though, will actually play a big part in the overall success of your exterior renovation. Some of the factors you need to take into consideration while selecting the best dumpster are detailed in this guide. 

Be aware of weight restrictions

Although dumpsters are designed to hold quite a bit of weight, each one does have a weight limit. Furthermore, don’t get sidetracked by the fact that dumpsters are typically rated by how many yards of waste they can hold (ie. fifteen yards or twenty yards). Since most popular roofing materials, including metal, ceramic tiles, and asphalt shingles are heavy, weight typically matters more when it comes to roofing jobs. Talk to a professional contractor or dumpster rental specialist if you have questions about weight limits. 

Research the weight of your roof’s material

All roofing materials weigh different amounts. Even different brands and models of the same sort of material can have varying weights. Asphalt shingles, for example, are available in two primary types: architectural shingles and three-tab shingles. Architectural styles are thicker and more decorative, which makes them heavier. Generally, though, all asphalt shingles weigh between 2 and 4 pounds per square foot. On the other end of the spectrum, slate roofing tiles can weigh upwards of 25 pounds per square foot. This is why knowing the weight of the material you’re going to be removing before you pick a dumpster, matters!

Remember you aren’t just removing what you see

When a roof is replaced, more than the exterior material has to be taken off and disposed of. Nails, paper underlayment, and other items will also have to go into the dumpster you select. It is imperative to account for these things when you reserve a dumpster for your project. Again, if you have questions about estimating weight, make sure you talk to a representative who works for your chosen Carolina dumpster rental company. These employees are there to help clients like you who may have never rented dumpsters in the past. Every question you have is valid. 

Look into standard dumpster weight limits

Modern dumpsters come in standard sizes with standard weight limits. It’s a good idea to have an idea of what these are before you actually choose a dumpster to use for your roofing project. Generally, a 10-yard dumpster can safely hold 4.8 tons of debris, a 15-yard dumpster can hold 7.3 tons of debris, a 20-yard dumpster can hold 9.7 tons of debris, and a 30-yard dumpster can hold 14.5 tons of debris. As with anything else dumpster-related, don’t hesitate to contact a professional if you have questions. 

At Hatch Homes, we know roofs. Whatever kind of roofing job you’re planning to take on, our crew can handle it. We do everything from minor repairs to major remodels throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. If you have questions about our services or about your specific project, give us a call today. Our office staff can help you schedule a no-obligation consultation as soon as possible. 

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