What Is A Roofing Square? – What You Need to Know
One common question that we often hear is, “What is a roofing square?” Although it may be confusing, let’s dive in, take a closer look at what a roofing square is, and what you need to know.
The Definition of Roofing Square
In the roofing industry’s terminology, a roofing square or per square is 100 square feet. A 100 square foot area of roof makes a roofing square. However, a “square” is not 100 square feet of roofing material. It is the amount of material needed to cover 100 square feet of roof.
While you may have heard that you can use simple geometry – or an online program to calculate the number of roofing squares on a roof for the overall price of replacing your roof, a simple mistake can be costly. It can also cause a shortage of material that will mean delays.
For example, a complex roof with hip-end sections and gable ends may be difficult to accurately estimate even if you prepare a detailed drawing.
Our goal is to educate homeowners to take the headache out of roofing replacement estimates. There are a number of considerations when a professional measures a roof including:
- The slope or pitch of the roof
- Additional roofing materials like roofing felt, flashing, trim, vent covers, and gutters.
In addition, most roofing materials require something known as “headlap” which is where the roof tiles overlap one another. This is done so that water does not leak in between shingles.
Hire a Professional
Not everything that can be DIY (Do It Yourself) should be DIY. Replacing your roof is of those things – unless you are certain you know what you’re doing.
If you don’t know what you’re doing, chances are good you could make a mistake and jeopardize the integrity of your roof or home and cost yourself more money than you would have with a professional.
That is why we highly recommend that homeowners hire a professional. Professional roofers have the right tools, experience, and they carry insurance against injuries on the job. In addition, you will be provided a warranty on the work.
A Word on Safety
In addition to the advantages of having a professional roofing company provide you with an accurate overall estimate of the cost of a new roof, there is a safety concern.
You may be tempted to climb on your roof with a measuring tape to try to get proper measurements of each section. We highly encourage you not to do this. You could be endangering yourself even if there are no steep slopes. Additionally, you could cause damage to the current roofing system. Roofing professionals are accustomed to working on high sloping surfaces and know what they are doing.
Free Roofing Estimates
In conclusion, if you are tempted to calculate the roofing squares of your roof, remember, Renovations Roofing & Remodeling, Inc. provides free roofing estimates. We would be honored to help.
If you have any questions, or you would like a free quote, please contact us today. We’re here whenever you need us.