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## What is a square of roofing?

Friday, June 29, 2018

It is a roofer’s term for 100 square feet of roof surface. When you get a price for a new roof, the contractor may say something like “the roof is about 28 squares and will be \$8,000.” The area of roofing that is quoted in squares will be much more than you might expect for three reasons:

1.  Homes usually have two different square footages listed on a realtor’s listing sheet or the tax appraiser’s property records. One is the conditioned (heated and cooled) living area, and the other is the total area under roof. A typical home that the owners know as being 1800 square feet may also have a 450 square foot two-car garage, plus front and back porches that total another 300 square feet, for a total of 2500 square feet under roof.
2. But that’s just the beginning.  That 1800 square foot house typically has a two foot roof overhang that adds an average of 250 square feet of roof, for a total of 2750 square feet.
3. Then the pitch of the roof adds more area. A 6/12 pitch roof (6 inches of rise for every 12 inches of run) has approximately 117 square feet of roof over every 100 square feet of floor below. In this case, the pitch would tack on an additional 450 square feet. That makes a total of 32 squares of roof for an “1800 square foot” house.

Because a square is the standard roofer’s measure, rolls of roofing felt are sized based on squares. A roll of 30-lb. roofing paper contains 216 square feet, which is 2 squares after allowing for lapping. Bundles of asphalt shingles are usually 1/3 of a square. These sizes simplify the contractor’s computations when ordering materials.

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To learn more about roofs and attics, see these other blog posts:

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