Shingle Weight Calculator

Calculating the Weight of Shingles

To figure out how heavy your shingles are, you can measure them by the bundle or by the square. A roofing square is a term used to describe 100 square feet of roofing material, and it usually requires three bundles of shingles to cover. A single bundle of three-tab asphalt shingles can range from 60 to 80 pounds, leading to a total weight of 180 to 240 pounds per square.

To find the perfect dumpster size for your roofing project, Prime Dumpster is here to help! Feel free to use our handy online shingle weight calculator. It’s a simple way to make sure you get just what you need!

Shingle Weight Calculator
Three-Tab Architectural Slate

Shingle Types and Weights:

Your shingle weight can differ based on the shingle’s quality and type. For instance, architectural shingles per bundle may weigh between 70 and 80 pounds, whereas slate shingles are significantly heavier, tipping the scales between 250 and 350 pounds per bundle. Also, keep in mind that shingle weights may vary by manufacturer and age as well.

Below are a few of the most common types of shingles and their average weights:

TypeWeight of SquaresWeight of Bundles
Three-Tab Asphaltbetween 230 and 250 poundsfrom 50 to 80 pounds
Architectural Asphaltbetween 400 and 430 poundsfrom 65 to 80 pounds
Slatebetween 800 and 1,000 poundsexceeding 300 pounds

Type

Three-Tab Asphalt

Weight of Squares

between 230 and 250 pounds

Weight of Bundles

from 50 to 80 pounds

Type

Architectural Asphalt

Weight of Squares

between 400 and 430 pounds

Weight of Bundles

from 65 to 80 pounds

Type

Slate

Weight of Squares

between 800 and 1,000 pounds

Weight of Bundles

exceeding 300 pounds

Our calculator will help you choose the right roll-off dumpster size for your project. Please be aware that estimates may vary based on location, and it’s always best to contact our team for further help and guidance with your project.

Choosing the Right Dumpster Size

The size of the dumpster you need depends on the shingle type and quantity. Our dumpster recommendations can typically accommodate between 4 and 20 squares of shingles, ensuring we have the right size for your project.

Your shingle weight can differ based on the shingle’s quality and type. For instance, architectural shingles per bundle may weigh between 70 and 80 pounds, whereas slate shingles are significantly heavier, tipping the scales between 250 and 350 pounds per bundle. Also, keep in mind that shingle weights may vary by manufacturer and age as well.

Below are a few of the most common types of shingles and their average weights:

Dumpster Capacities
10 Yard DumpsterHolds up to 15 squares of three-tab asphalt, 10 squares of architectural asphalt, and 4-6 squares of slate
15 Yard DumpsterAccommodates the same as the 10-yard, offering additional space for larger projects
20 Yard DumpsterCan contain up to 20 squares of three-tab asphalt, 15 squares of architectural, and 6-7 squares of slate
Dumpster Capacities
10 Yard Dumpster
Holds up to 15 squares of three-tab asphalt, 10 squares of architectural asphalt, and 4-6 squares of slate
15 Yard Dumpster
Accommodates the same as the 10-yard, offering additional space for larger projects
20 Yard Dumpster
Can contain up to 20 squares of three-tab asphalt, 15 squares of architectural, and 6-7 squares of slate

This precise weight estimation helps in choosing a dumpster that can safely accommodate the heavy load, ensuring compliance with transportation regulations and preventing overage fees.

For extensive projects, consider renting multiple dumpsters or setting up ongoing service to avoid exceeding safety and weight limits, which could lead to additional fees

FAQs

Let’s dive into some frequently asked questions about the weight of shingles:

A 20 yard dumpster can hold about 15-20 squares of asphalt shingles or 6-7 squares of slate. For larger jobs, multiple dumpsters or scheduled service swaps are recommended to manage weight limits effectively

Depending on the type, a bundle of three-tab or architectural asphalt shingles ranges from 50 to 80 pounds. Slate shingles are much heavier, exceeding 300 pounds per bundle, with specific weights varying by manufacturer and type.

A square of three-tab asphalt averages 230-250 pounds, architectural asphalt squares weigh about 400-430 pounds, and slate shingles squares come in at 800-1,000 pounds.

Yes, a dumpster rental is a convenient option for disposing of old roofing materials. The size of the dumpster you need will depend on the shingle type and quantity. Our shingle weight calculator can assist in estimating your project’s needs to ensure you choose the right dumpster size.

Disposal methods depend on the shingle type and amount. For DIY disposal, a pickup truck with a cover is necessary. Recycling is an option for asphalt shingles, with facilities located through research. The simplest disposal method is dumpster rental, where we can guide you on the appropriate size for your project.

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