Multi-family home roofing contractors have observed that as more Americans become more environmentally aware, they are now more sensible about alternatives to simply throwing waste products from home repairs or improvements away.
Value of Recycling Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Asphalt accounts for 80% of the material used to build roofs and 94% of roads in the U.S. That why, when asphalt roofing reaches the end of its service life, it makes perfect sense to repurpose the material for paving.
Reclaiming old asphalt roofing and using it for paving helps conserve natural resources and also prevents us from filling up our landfills with more construction waste. This also helps reduce the need for us to mine and extract precious minerals from the earth anew. In addition, recycled pavement is a reclaimable product that can be used and repurposed several times over.
Savings for the Community
By reusing asphalt roofing – whether recovered from a complete tear-off or a roof repair from hail damage – we can obtain huge benefits for the community as a whole. For one thing, recycling creates jobs and helps roofers, pavers and even dumpster companies reduce their costs. Because asphalt roofing shingle recycling doesn’t rely on government grants, it helps save taxpayer dollars as well. Recycled asphalt shingles, as mentioned earlier, are typically reused as a component in hot mix asphalt to create pavement for roadways. One average-sized home will yield enough asphalt to pave about 200 feet of a two-lane highway!
If you’re interested in attaining a Certified Green Building rating for your home, recycling your old asphalt shingle roof can help you. There are many advantages and benefits to recycling your asphalt shingles. Find out if there are local recycling facilities in your area. There are different types of shingles so, if necessary, call prior to drop-off to confirm the type of shingles you have on hand is accepted.
To learn more about asphalt shingle recycling for your home in Parker and Denver, CO, call Jack the Roofer today at (720) 722-2255. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule a free, in-home consultation.