Roofs are critical components of any home, but they aren’t built to last forever. Asphalt shingle roofs, for instance, will last between 20-25 years before you’ll need to replace them. But what happens with your shingles after they’re removed from your roof? In the past, you’d just send them to the landfill, but thanks to technology, there are multiple options that allow roof shingles to be recycled. In this article, we look at various ways to recycle wood, asphalt, tile, and metal shingles.
Recycling Asphalt Shingles
Every year, the United States is estimated to produce an average of 11 million tons of shingle waste from roof tear-offs and roof manufacturers. Asphalt shingles, the most popular roofing material in the country, accounts for more than 8.8 million tons. And since it can take more than 300 years for asphalt shingles to fully decompose, it’s important to find the most appropriate way to recycle them.
Asphalt shingles can be recycled by repurposing them into an additive for a cold patch or hot-mix asphalt (HMA) to fill cracks and potholes in roads or pavement. The roofing waste is first sorted to remove extraneous (non-asphalt) components. The shingles are then grounded into smaller particles using a special grinder. Larger particles are used for base stabilization while smaller, finer particles are used for the surface course.
Recycling Metal Roofs
Metal roofs are easily recyclable, but you will have to find a local metal recycling dealer to work with. Metals can either be ferrous or non-ferrous. Ferrous simply means the metal contains some iron in it, e.g. steel. Non-ferrous metals such as copper are often more expensive than ferrous metals. Inquire about how much your scrap metal dealer is willing to pay per pound of the metal waste.
Recycling Tile Roofs
Concrete and clay tiles are known to last longest, which reduces the need for reroofing or roof replacement. But when the time comes to replace your tile roof, it’s important to remember concrete and clay tiles are non-toxic, mineral-based materials and can be reused in manufacturing.
While most local recycling centers might not want anything to do with old roofing tiles, there are multiple ways you can put your old tiles to use. Your local landscaper can use old tiles to do tremendous décor in your yard. You can also make a very sturdy and beautiful path or walkway using old tiles, or stack them to make an outdoor grill pit or fireplace.
Recycling Wood Roofs
Wood can be recycled to get a classic, authentic look for your home without endangering the environment. In fact, most wood shingles are often made of recycled wood. Fortunately, wood planks are very easy to recycle since they have many uses. You could use them to build various structures in your home, such as sheds or garages.
If you can’t find more use for your wood scraps, you could burn them as wood fuel in your fireplace and save on utility bills during cold winter months. Alternatively, you could take them to a local biomass plant and get some cash for them.
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