Guide to Renting a Dumpster for Roofing Shingles

Are you a homeowner in the process of repairing your roof? If so, you may be wondering how to get rid of the shingles.

They’re often quite long, bulky, and difficult to get rid of. Luckily, this is easy to do if you have a dumpster. If not, you can rent one.

Renting a dumpster is a good idea as it helps with clean-up, especially when you have shingles to throw away. And it can hold other debris and trash.

Here’s what you should think about when it comes to renting a dumpster.

The Two Types of Shingles

There are three different types of roofing shingles. However, when it comes to throwing them out after you replace or repair your roof, they can be divided into two categories: the three-tab and architectural types.

The vast majority of roofs use either one of these two.


These are heavier and thicker, which means they will take up more space for disposal. If you have the architectural ones, renting a slightly larger dumpster than necessary is recommended.

3-Tab Shingles

These are called “three-tab” because they’re thin and flat. These will fit in a dumpster that’s slightly smaller than if you had architectural ones.

Average Shingle Weight

The average weight varies widely depending on the type. Here are some guidelines for both 3-tab and architectural roofing:

  • 3-Tab Shingles

50 linear feet of 3-tab – 220 pounds

100 linear feet of 3- tab shingle roof – 480 pounds

  • Architectural Shingles

150 square feet of architectural – 24 pounds per square foot

50 square feet of architectural – 18.4 pounds per square foot

How to Measure for Shingles

It’s important that everything fits inside the dumpster, or you may have to rent two or three later on. However, this is only possible if you get the right size. And to get the right size, you should know how much material you have to throw away.

You can get many different dumpster sizes, depending on where you’re renting from. For example, RedBox+ in Toledo offers a wide range of options to fit different shingles.

You’ll need to take the length and width of your roof’s surface area and add them together. This is because shingles are usually not laid in a perfectly straight line.

Once you have this total, divide that number by either 150 square feet if you measure for the 3-tab type or 50 square feet for the architectural type to determine how many full loads you can fit. Keep in mind that the roof’s weight is an important factor as well.

The Length of the Shingles

Apart from the type and weight, you should also consider the length. This will dictate what size dumpster you need.

For example, if your roof has an average shingle weight of around 2 pounds per square foot and the shingles are 12 inches long, it would be helpful to rent a dumpster with a capacity of at least 20 cubic yards. If you have the 3-tab type that’s 16 inches long, you would want to have at least 16 cubic yards on hand.

Roofers recommend that homeowners rent a dumpster that is slightly larger than needed to avoid possible problems and complications that can sometimes occur. 

The Right Dumpster Size

For a 3-tab roof, you should get at least 10 yards to fit everything. If you have the architectural type, renting a 20-yard capacity one would be the best choice. However, if your roof covers more than 1,000 square feet or uses more than 150 square feet of shingles, it would be helpful to rent a slightly larger dumpster from

Make sure the one you’re renting fits your needs to ensure an easy process of removing the roofing and everything that goes along with it. Also, keep in mind that there may be additional fees if you need to go up or down one size.

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