If you've had some roofing experience, you might want to put a new roof on your home yourself and save some money. One thing you'll have to contend with is disposing of the old roofing shingles and other debris. Collecting it in a pickup truck and hauling it to the landfill is one possibility, but it's not very convenient. A better option is to rent a dumpster to collect all the debris and have it hauled away. Here are some tips for renting a dumpster forroof debris removal. Calculate The Right Size
Getting the right size is important because you have to pay for the size of the container as well as the weight of the debris. Consider the weight of the shingles. The common three-tab shingles weigh less than architectural shingles. So if you're using a chart to calculate the size container to rent, be sure it is for the type of shingles you have. Also, your roof may have multiple layers of shingles. If it has two layers, then you'll have twice the weight and volume to dispose of.
If your calculations are near the top of the range limit, you should probably rent a bigger dumpster rather than risk overloading a smaller one. If you go over the weight limit, you'll probably have to pay overage fees. If you fill a smaller dumpster, you'll have to have it emptied and returned, which would cost more than renting a bigger one at the start.
Ask About Recycling
You'll want to know what can go in the dumpster you rent. You can probably throw in all the debris you pull off the roof unless you plan to have the shingles recycled. If your city has a recycling program, you can save money on the disposal fees. Ask the dumpster rental company if they participate in recycling and if it will save you money. If so, be sure you understand how to separate the debris.
Choose The Right Placement
When you rent a dumpster to collect roofing debris, it's handy to have it parked under the roof so you can toss shingles off the side. Otherwise, you have to collect debris on the ground or on top of the roof and transfer it twice. If you can park your cars elsewhere while you work on your roof, you may want the dumpster positioned in the driveway next to the garage. This makes it convenient for throwing things over the side and will keep stray debris on the concrete where it is easy to see and find. Take special care with nails and other small parts. You may want to collect them on top of the roof so they don't get tossed onto your lawn and pose a danger.
Time The Rental Period Carefully
If you pay for the dumpster by the day or week, you'll want to plan the time carefully. It's dangerous to work on your roof in bad weather, so you'll want to plan the tear off for an expected dry spell. This saves you from paying for the rental for a day or two when you can't even use the dumpster because of bad weather. Don't overestimate how quickly you can work. Be sure you rent the dumpster for long enough to work at a comfortable pace so you aren't rushed and make mistakes that cause you to be injured.