Recycling Roof Materials: Tips and Facts

Recycling Roof Materials: Tips and Facts

Do you have rooftop scrap or extra roof materials left over after a big project? Before you consider clean-up, think about recycling possibilities: there are many ways to recycle materials like shingles that benefit both you and the environment!

Recycling the top layer of your roof

Out of all roof materials, the top layer is the most suitable for recycling and environmental sustainability. Materials like metal or stone are easy to either recast or grind down to use as filler. You may even be able to find a purpose for these extra or old roofing materials in your own landscaping and yard work.

Even asphalt shingles can be recycled. Recycling organizations can take these shingles and use them as an ingredient when mixing other types of asphalt, like the material used to create pavement for roads. Instead of going to landfills, the shingles are ground up and added to road maintenance products.

Steps toward recycling

If you have unwanted shingles left over from a project, do not hesitate to look in your area for recycling options. Not all recycling companies will accept shingles or other materials, so contact them first. There are simple online methods to look for nearby shingle recycling centers that can make your search much faster.

While you may have to separate out shingles from other connected materials, you don’t have to do much to the shingles themselves to prepare them for recycling. Don’t worry about removing the nails or any similar work, as the recyclers that work with shingles use large magnetics to separate the nails during the recycling process. However, you should ask about any other requirements.

Recycling shingles may or may not require an extra fee. This depends on the recyclers available, the associated costs in your area and whether or not the recycler has to pick up the shingles.

Other roof materials

Generally, shingles are the primary roofing material that a recycler will accept. There are some efforts to recycle other kinds of roof scrap, like felt underlayments, but these are few and far between.

However, if you are a dedicated recycler yourself and are willing to identify and separate out all roofing materials from your project, there may be other hidden opportunities for recycling. TPO, EPDM and PVC membranes left over from underlayment projects, for example, can often be recycled when sorted into the right plastic groups. Polystyrene insulation, composite foam insulation and other types of insulation materials may also be recycled.

Fortunately, many construction companies offer clean-up services of their own. Ask your roofing professional what recycling services they offer and what scrap can be successfully recycled. Not only are professionals more likely to know where to take materials for recycling, they often have trucks that can hold all your scrap in one trip. If professionals offer their own recycling services, there is rarely a fee included.

If you are looking for a new roof and want to make sure your scraps go somewhere better for the environment, contact the professionals at Findlay Roofing today!

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