What is a Roofing Square?

September 16, 2022

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!

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