14 Sep What Happens To Used Roofing Shingles?
Perhaps you have questioned what happens to worn out asphalt roofing shingles after a roof is replaced? With a lot of roofs being replaced nationwide yearly, shingles have to wind up somewhere right?
For decades, old asphalt shingles were simply brought to the nearest landfill. However, in recent years, recycling these materials has been a growing trend among contractors. As a matter of fact, some states have banned the discarding of asphalt shingles in their landfills.
How it Works
During a roof replacement, contractors remove the existing roof, including the asphalt shingles, which is usually called a tear-off.
What happens to all this stuff once it leaves a home?
The method varies a little from contractor-to-contractor but generally, the existing material and debris will be collected in a designated container on site. Once the roof replacement is complete, the roofing team will do one of two things:
Separate the materials in the container into recyclable and non-recyclable materials before transport to a recycling centerTransport the unsorted container to a recycling center
Some recycling centers charge a fee for these services. Typically, this charge will be below what a homeowner or contractor would pay to dump these materials in a landfill!
The recycling center will then start the process of transforming the waste materials from the roof replacement into useful recycled materials by grinding the shingles into various sized pieces depending on their new intended use.
How Recycled Asphalt Shingles are Used
There are a wide range of applications that recycled shingles can be used in. Most commonly, recycled asphalt shingles are used to make roads (cool right?). This added material can actually improve the quality of finished pavement. Other utilizations for recycled shingles include:
Patching material for roads, ramps, parking garage, and sidewalksNew asphalt shinglesProduction of fuel oilDust and erosion control for construction sites or unpaved roadsBenefits of Recycling Old Asphalt Shingles
Taking into account a professional roof replacement will generate anywhere from 1 3 tons of material removed during tear-off, and there is an estimated 10 million tons generated every year, finding a better way to deal with these old shingles is incredibly important. There are a huge number of benefits to recycling old asphalt shingles.
Most importantly, recyclers are benefiting the environment! By giving asphalt shingles a chance to become re-purposed, the nation is helping to generate jobs for recycling locations, reduce total costs for paving, and decrease the nations dependence on oil, which is a non-renewable resource.
Its even been said that by recycling 1 ton of old asphalt shingles we are minimizing the need for oil by 2 barrels? What could be better?
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Elevated Roofing, LLC
15222 King Road, Suite 402
Frisco, Texas 75034