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How many square feet does a bundle of shingles cover?

How many square feet does a bundle of shingles cover?

-- Marion, N.C.

Figuring out how many bundles of shingles are necessary for your roof can be of great help when it is time to review contracts from roofers. First, it is important to know the difference between "square" and "bundle." Roof shingles are sold by the bundle and by the square. A square is 100 square feet. Shingles are wrapped in smaller bundles, which makes them easier to carry up and down a ladder. In most cases, three bundles are equivalent to a square. That means each bundle has just more than 33 square feet of shingles.

There are exceptions, however. Some heavier shingles might offer less per bundle, meaning more bundles are necessary to complete the square. Keep the particular type of shingle you are using in mind, when determining how many bundles of shingles are necessary for your roof.

You can determine the number of bundles necessary by learning to calculate the square footage of your roof. Figuring out the square footage can be complicated, especially when you are dealing with a roof that has many sections of varying size and pitch. Start by determining the actual square footage of your home. Then, with a tape measure in hand, figure out the dimensions of each part of your roof. Plug this information into a reliable roofing calculator to determine the amount of material needed.

Even though your contractor will do measurements, it is important to do your own before getting the estimates. If you see a number in the estimate that is very different from yours, ask about it before you wind up paying too much.

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Roofing vs. Reroofing

Roofing vs. Reroofing

If you come to find out that your roof has been damaged and needs to be fixed then there are two main approaches you can take. You can either decide to make a roof repair or replace the entire roof. Roof repairs will generally save you time and money, but in most cases a new roof is the best option. As a general rule of thumb, if the existing roof on is only one layer and there are no problems with the roof deck, a new roof is not necessary.

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