When it comes to roofing, understanding how many bundles of shingles you need for your project is essential.

It’s a common question, especially if you’re working with a 4×8 sheet of plywood as your roof’s base. Let’s break it down simply and guide you through the process.


Before we dive into the calculations, let’s clarify a few things. Shingles are the outermost layer of your roof and are sold in bundles, while plywood is often used as the roof’s decking or sheathing.

To determine the number of shingle bundles you need for a 4×8 sheet of plywood, we’ll consider the standard size of shingle bundles and the size of your plywood sheet.

Shingle Bundle Size

Shingle bundles come in various sizes depending on the manufacturer and the type of shingles you choose. On average, a bundle of three-tab asphalt shingles typically covers approximately 32 to 33.3 square feet. Keep this coverage per bundle in mind as we move forward.

Calculating Shingle Bundles

To calculate the number of shingle bundles needed for a 4×8 sheet of plywood, you’ll need to:

Step 1: Determine the square footage of the 4×8 sheet of plywood. In this case, a 4×8 sheet equals 32 square feet (4 feet wide x 8 feet long).

Step 2: Find the coverage of one shingle bundle, as mentioned earlier (usually around 32 to 33.3 square feet per bundle).

Step 3: Divide the square footage of your plywood (32 square feet) by the coverage per bundle to get the number of bundles needed.


Let’s say you have a 4×8 sheet of plywood, and you’ve chosen three-tab asphalt shingles with a coverage of 32 square feet per bundle.

  1. Plywood square footage: 32 square feet
  2. Shingle coverage per bundle: 32 square feet

Now, divide the plywood square footage by the shingle bundle coverage:

32 square feet (plywood) ÷ 32 square feet per bundle ≈ 1 bundle

In this case, you would need approximately 1 bundle of shingles to cover a 4×8 sheet of plywood. It’s important to note that this calculation assumes a perfect fit without any waste. Depending on your roofing project, you may want to consider purchasing a bit more to account for any cutting or adjustments required during installation.


Calculating the number of shingle bundles you need for a 4×8 sheet of plywood is a straightforward process.

By understanding the square footage of both your plywood and the coverage provided by the shingle bundles, you can make an accurate estimate. Remember to consider potential waste or extra shingles needed for any adjustments during installation.


As a civil engineer and roofer, I love to share the experience that I have gained through the last couple of years. In the roofing industry, practical experience is a very crucial fact that can help you a lot. Hence, I want to help you with my blog.

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