What is a Roofing Square?

What is a Roofing Square? | IBEX Roof

If you’re getting a new roof for your house or the old one renovated, you must have come across the term “Roofing Square” either from your contractor or the supplier. So, what is a roofing square? To put it simply, it’s a unit of measurement that helps in calculating the total amount of material required for roof building. How does one calculate the number of roofing squares, and how does it help estimate the total material required? 

What Exactly is a Roofing Square?

A roofing square is a 10 x 10 area on the roof that equals 100 square feet. The number of roofing squares helps contractors calculate the total square footage of your roof, and determine the exact amount of material required to build the roof. This includes the underlay and bundles of shingles. 

How to Calculate the Number of Roofing Squares?

The first step in calculating the number of roofing squares is to find out the total square footage.

For this, you have to measure the length and width of your roof planes. The number of roof planes depends on the style of your roof. For instance, a gable roof has two planes, one at the front and one at the back. Similarly, a shed or flat roof has just one plane. The length multiplied by the width of a roof plane gives you the square footage of that particular roof plane. If your house has three roof planes, add the square footage of all 3 to get the total square footage of your roof.  Now, divide the total square feet by 100 to get the number of roofing squares.

It may seem like a lot of math, but trust us, it’s quite essential when it comes to roof building. Don’t worry, though. Our team will do the math for you! By calculating the right amount of materials, we can ensure that you have just enough left over at the end for future repairs. We’ll also order your materials for you. At IBEX Roof, we’ve got you covered every step of the way!

How Many Layers of Shingles Can I Have on My Roof?

How Many Layers of Shingles Can I Have on My Roof? | IBEX Roof

Is your roof leaking? Are its shingles falling off? Are you experiencing mold growth or roof algae on your shingles? If yes, it means your roof has completed its life cycle; it’s time to get a new roof! And when you’re getting a new roof, the first question that arises in your mind is: How many layers of shingles can I have on my roof? 

Well, according to most building codes, you can have a maximum of two layers of shingles on your roof. Furthermore, based on the condition of your roof, you get to decide whether you need a complete roof replacement or just add a new layer of shingles on top of the existing ones. If you ask us, we suggest tearing down the existing roof and getting a new roof altogether! Let’s discuss the number of layers of shingles and tell you why you should do a complete tear-off rather than layering shingles on top of each other. 

How Many Layers of Shingles Can You Have on Your Roof?

The number of layers of shingles allowed on a roof depends on the type of roofing material used. For instance, if you’re installing asphalt shingles, cedar shakes, or rubber shingles, the maximum number of layers can be two. On the other hand, metal roofs or concrete roofs will pretty much stop at one layer. Whether you’re getting a new roof or adding shingles on top of the existing ones, the highest you can go is two layers. 

Now, let’s discuss why a tear-off replacement is better than multiple layers of shingles on your home.

New Roof or A New Layer of Shingles?

While adding a new layer of shingles on top of the old ones seems like a good way to save time and money, it is not a viable option in the long run. Here’s why:

  • If your first layer of shingles is compromised, placing new shingles on top of them will not fix them.
  • Roofing material weighs a lot. Homes are not designed to support multiple layers of roofs! It can cause a strain on the house between the trusses. This cracks the backing boards, allowing moisture to seep in.
  • If you decide to replace the older layer of shingles later, the new layer will also have to be torn off, adding to the cost. 
  • Multiple layers of shingles can become a hindrance if there’s a leakage and the contractor is trying to locate where it’s coming from.
  • Multiple layers of shingles can decrease the value of your house at the time of sale. 
  • Lastly, if you keep adding layers of shingles to your roof, it looks lumpy. So, limit the layers to two if you want a sleek and stylish-looking roof.

When building a roof from scratch or replacing an old one, people tend to avoid tearing it off completely to save time and money. However, while adding multiple layers of shingles seems a good idea in the short term, it can lead to more damage and cost a lot of money in the long run. The solution? Stick to the rules and keep your shingles limited to two layers.

Do I Need to Install Dark or Light Shingles?

Do I Need to Install Dark or Light Shingles? | IBEX Roof

Are you building a new roof or reconstructing the old one? We’re sure you’ve put a lot of thought into getting the perfect material for your shingles for proper ventilation, insulation, and waterproofing. However, with this comes another important question: Do I need to install dark or light shingles?

We say, go for the color you want, whether dark or light, based on the overall paint color of your house. However, many people are of the opinion that light shingles are better for energy efficiency. How true is that? And what happens if you get dark shingles instead of light ones? Let’s explore!

Dark Vs. Light Shingles

We have made side-by-side comparisons of dark and light shingles based on certain factors:

1. Temperature

It is said that the color of your shingles can affect the temperature of your home. For instance, light-shaded shingles deflect sunlight, dropping the internal temperature by a significant level. On the other hand, dark-colored shingles absorb heat and keep your house warm. While it’s possible there may be some tiny truth to these observations, it’s not enough to make a difference. Insulation is the first line of defense in creating an energy-efficient home. While it’s important to have a roof that is well-ventilated, the color of your roof has little effect on how comfortable your home is.

2. Style

When choosing the color of shingles for your roof, you have to consider the overall paint color of your house. While many believe light shingles go best with light-colored houses and dark shingles look great on dark-colored houses, we disagree! We believe that there should be a contrast. For instance, if your house is painted in a lighter shade, dark shingles would look more pronounced, and vice versa. However, there is no hard and fast rule about choosing the color of shingles. You can go for whichever color you like, based on your taste and preference.

3. Durability

Another point of debate between dark and light shingles is their durability. People believe that dark shingles have a longer lifespan compared to light shingles. Mainly because darker shades can tolerate more heat, live through snow, don’t fade quickly, and are good at hiding imperfections. However, there’s no proof to back this fact. Color has nothing to do with longevity. If your roof is properly ventilated and has a place from where the heat can escape, it will last longer, regardless if it has light or dark shingles. 

So, What’s It Going to Be?

Dark shingles or light shingles? Actually, we even offer options that have a combination of both. We think your choice of the color of shingles depends on your personal preference and what looks aesthetically pleasing with the overall paint color of your house. 

If you have always dreamed of a house with red shingles, go for it! If you think light grey or white would make your house appear minimalistic and chic, get light shingles! If you feel blended colors like dark grey go better with the style of your home, they really do! Just go with whatever is suitable for your home. Regardless of which option you choose, our team at IBEX Roof will make sure that your home looks great.