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Choosing A Dumpster Size For Flooring

Kurt Anderson • 04/20/2022

Whenever you replace the flooring in a room or outdoor space, you create a lot of garbage. First is the old flooring, then potentially the material below that, likely plenty of bags and plastic wrap, and even some wasted flooring material that breaks or doesn’t fit right. That useless stuff isn’t likely to fit in your weekly garbage bin, so you need to take everything to the dump.

That’s where renting a dumpster of the right size becomes essential. You could pile up the garbage somewhere and take truck-loads at a time, but a dumpster gives you one secure place to keep everything which can then be taken away altogether. The ease of throwing each piece and bag into a heavy-duty bin makes any home construction project quicker and tidier.

Not Too Small, Maybe Too Big

The most important consideration for choosing a dumpster is the size. Dumpster rental prices often include charges for when you overfill the dumpster or when the rental business needs to make multiple trips. If you fill a smaller dumpster with 80% of your waste, a slightly larger dumpster might have saved you money.

Next, consider how long you expect the pieces of scrap flooring will be. An 11-foot-long dumpster can hold slightly longer flooring longer than that if placed diagonally, though this would use up the space faster. Of course, if you’re able to break up the pieces of scrap flooring, the question of dumpster length becomes less important than total fill space.

Also, do you know the total estimated weight of your garbage? Some small rental dumpsters can only handle a certain amount, though these limits are considered loose guidelines. But if you expect to have a lot of heavy material, you’re better off going bigger even if the space needed for that material is low.

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Common Dumpster Sizes For Projects

Dumpster rentals come in a large range of sizes, but anything more than 20 cubic yards tends to see greater use in large professional jobs like office construction. For a single project to replace old flooring, something between 10 and 20 cubic yards should do the job. The overall rule might be 10-yard bins for small residential projects and 20-yard bins for large residential projects, with 15-yard bins being a nice middle ground and one of the most requested sizes.

The next important question to consider is: What kind of flooring material are you removing? You can fit a lot of thin wooden slats, carpeting, or linoleum into any dumpster, while rain-soaked wood planks or heavy bricks are larger and heavier. You’ll want 5 cubic yards per 1000 square feet of thin indoor flooring or 10 cubic yards per 500 square feet of heavy outdoor flooring.

Ask your dumpster rental business about what weight limits their bins have because this can vary. If you’re going to be throwing away bricks, a bigger bin with a heftier weight limit might be needed. A 10-yard bin is suggested for about 2,000 pounds of garbage from one small room, while a 15- to 20-yard bin is needed for about 5,000 pounds of garbage from multiple rooms.

The Right Dumpster Rental Business For You

If you need a dumpster rental in Atlanta, GA, check out Bin There Dump That. This family-owned and operated business have 10, 15, and 20-yard bins designed for residential projects. Their affordable dumpster rentals have roll-off deployment for small spaces and hard-to-access locations, double doors for easy walk-in loading, plus the team will protect your driveway and clean up after taking the dumpster away. Visit their website today or call soon for a dumpster rental quote!

About The Author Kurt Anderson

We have provided clean and green dumpsters to the Metro Atlanta area since 2012 we take great pride in our family first approach. We have lived, grown, and raised our children here in Atlanta, and love being able to work in such a great community. Same-day dumpster delivery and 100% driveway protection are just a couple of the traits that separate this family-owned business from other dumpster providers in Atlanta!



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