This tool helps you estimate the amount of shingles needed for your roof.

## Use Cases for This Calculator

### Calculate Roof Area

To measure a roof for shingles, calculate the roof’s area by measuring the length and width. Multiply the length by the width to get the square footage of the roof. This will help you determine the amount of shingles needed for the project.

### Convert Measurements

If your measurements are in feet and inches, convert them to decimal feet for accurate calculations. For example, convert 6 feet 2 inches to 6.17 feet. This conversion ensures precision in measuring the roof area and shingle requirements.

### Include Roof Pitch

Take into account the roof’s pitch when measuring. Multiply the roof’s area by a pitch factor (usually 1.1 for a 10/12 pitch) to factor in the slope. This adjustment ensures you accurately calculate the amount of shingles needed for the entire roof surface.

### Consider Waste Factor

When measuring for shingles, include a waste factor of around 10% to account for cutting and fitting. Adding this extra percentage ensures you have enough shingles to cover the entire roof efficiently with minimal leftover pieces.

### Calculate Starter Strip

Calculate the starter strip needed for the roof by measuring the perimeter and adding a little extra for cutting and waste. Ensure you have enough starter shingles to begin the roof installation from the edge.

### Determine Shingle Bundles

Divide the roof area by the coverage area of a bundle of shingles to determine the number of bundles needed. Round up the number to the nearest whole number to ensure you have sufficient shingles to cover the entire roof surface.

### Account for Ridge Caps

Measure the length of the ridges on the roof to determine the amount of ridge caps needed. Add a little extra to accommodate corner cuts and ensure a seamless finish along the roof ridges with matching ridge cap shingles.

### Calculate Underlayment

Determine the amount of underlayment required by estimating the roof area and adding a small percentage for overlaps. The underlayment provides an additional layer of protection against water leakage beneath the shingles.

### Factor in Flashing

Measure the areas where flashing is required, such as around chimneys and skylights. Calculate the amount of flashing needed to prevent water seepage and ensure proper installation of the roof system.

### Final Check and Adjustments

Before purchasing materials, do a final check of all calculations and measurements. Make any necessary adjustments based on the roof’s unique features to ensure you have all the required materials for a successful shingle installation project.