What is a Roofing Square?

What is a Roofing Square?

If you’ve ever looked into replacing your roof, you may have come across the term “roofing square.” So, what is a roofing square? It refers to your roof size, and knowing your roof’s square footage can help you prepare financially for any damages or a new construction project. Keep reading for some thoughtful insight on how to calculate roof squares conveniently and accurately.  

What is a Roofing Square? 

When contractors refer to roofing squares, they’re talking about the material that is required to cover 100 square feet of roof area. Because houses and buildings are often over 1,000 square feet, the term has been adopted as shorthand by most people who are involved in the construction industry. 

The cost of a roofing square is determined by several factors: where your home is located, the type of material used, and the total size of your roof (or the area that’s being replaced). 

Many home renovation companies provide their clients with a free estimate. We do this at Thompson Creek so our clients can focus on more important matters, and our formula is simple: We determine how much material is needed to cover 100 square feet of roof, remembering to account for headlap, which refers to the overlapping of roof tiles (common in slate roofing). Roofers perform this technique to prevent unwanted water and moisture from entering your home. 

Are All Roofing Squares the Same? 

It’s important to remember that not every roofing square is the same. That’s because roofs are constructed differently, and some geometric shapes require additional materials to completely cover 100 square feet, making up a roof square. To get an estimate of how much material is necessary, it’s advisable to work with a licensed contractor. 

What Type of Material Should I Use for Roofing Squares 

There are many types of roofing materials to choose from when you’re renovating your home. If you’re looking for durability, go for asphalt shingles. Asphalt is the most common type of roofing material because it’s affordable and easy to install. Today, asphalt comes in a wide variety of textures and colors, allowing it to give off the appearance of more expensive roofing materials. 

Composite roofing is an eco-friendly option if you’d like to have the aesthetic appeal of a cedar or slate roof at a fraction of the cost. Its substance is often made from recycled plastics and sustainable materials. 

If you’re looking to use a long-lasting material for your roof, consider metal roofing. It’s estimated to last for up to 50 years and requires limited maintenance. A metal roof also adds additional protection to your home, especially during heavy rain, wind, snow, or hailstorms. 

Contact Thompson Creek 

At Thompson Creek we have more than four decades of experience helping families renovate their homes across the Mid-Atlantic. We know how to calculate roof squares for accuracy and work to provide our clients with the highest-quality roofing materials. Don’t try to tackle roof replacement on your own; instead, let our team to guide you through the renovation process. We offer a no-hassle warranty that’s valid for up to 50 years. Contact us today to learn more about our free roofing estimates and flexible financing.