Raise the Ceiling, Not the Stress Levels
Talking to contractors, especially when it comes to roofing work, may be nerve-wracking. Many people are unfamiliar with roofing terms or how much a regular project should cost because roofs may last years—even decades—without needing maintenance. That’s why we’ve put up this useful chart to help you figure out how many shingles and other roofing materials you’ll need for your job. This fundamental information will assist you in beginning to budget for your project and evaluating contractor bids.
Estimating Roof Shingles: Some Pointers
Calculating the square footage of your roof is the first step in determining how many shingles you’ll need. Because going up on your roof is risky, we use a method that allows us to measure from the ground. This calculation will be rough, but it will give you an approximate estimate. Don’t let the arithmetic intimidate you; it’s actually rather simple.
To figure out how big your roof is, do the following:
- Measure the length and breadth of your house from the outside. To account for the roof’s overhang, measure from eave to eave rather than corner to corner.
Measure the length and breadth of each part of your house if it isn’t rectangular.
To get the square footage, multiply the length and breadth of each piece. If your home is rectangular, you’re finished!
To get the overall square footage of the roof, add the square footage of all sections together.
Divide your entire square footage by 100 to get your total square footage.
This will reveal the number of “squares” on your roof. The number of squares will be used to determine how many shingles you’ll need.
What Is a Roofing Square, Anyway?
A square is defined as a measurement of 100 square feet. Because shingles come in bundles that each cover a part of a square, knowing how many squares your roof has is crucial.
-> For most types of shingles, each square requires 3 bundles.
Here, therefore, is the last thing you have to do, basically, multiply your squares by 3.
The answer is how many shingle bundles you can plan to utilize for your project. You may now look at the cost per pack of shingles you want to get an idea of what you ought to budget.
Tips for Estimating Underlayment
There’s one bigger roofing material you want to account for now that you have a grip on your shingles. Underlay is a water-resistant substance placed under your tiles to protect the roof from damage caused by water. Once you are aware of how many squares your roof is, the underlay your work will take may be estimated very easily.
Usually, 4 squares cover a bottom roll. Divide the total square quantity by 4.
The answer tells you how many rolls you will need. Check out how much you can expect to pay for a roll of underlay in the neck of the wood.
What about the additional cost of roofing?
There are a few additional factors you should take into account, other than shingles and underlay:
Nails: Nails sold by the pound. Nails. Suppose you require about 2 1⁄2 pounds per square of nails.
Flashing: this is the metal sheet barrier put around every chimney or shaft in every roof valley in order to prevent water from getting through. There’s, however, no easy method for a homeowner to determine how many flashes you need, so ask roofers if you receive bids to cut this down.
Shingle Disposal: Your old shingles must come off, therefore you need to get rid of them by having a roofing dump. This will typically be done by your roofer, but if you propose the dumpster for yourself, you may be able to negotiate some reduction.
Work: Remember that not just supplies are you paying. Make sure you ask the roofers to estimate the cost of labor and material separately.
Prepared for the Roof raise?
Now that you know what you may anticipate, it will be a lot less daunting to collect and evaluate roof quotes. But even with this understanding of the background, don’t be afraid to pose any questions you have to your roofing prospects, no matter how nitty. Reparations of the roof are not inexpensive, so explain everything you are unclear about before you sign on the dotted line.