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Can Old Roofing Shingles Be Recycled?

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Many homeowners are interested in recycling their old roofing shingles, but may not know if it's possible or how to go about it. In this blog post, we'll explore whether or not old roofing shingles can be recycled and provide some tips on how to do it. We'll also discuss the benefits of recycling your old roofing shingles versus sending them to the landfill. So read on to learn more.

Asphalt Shingle Recycling

Most people are familiar with the benefits of asphalt shingles - they're affordable, durable, and come in a wide variety of styles, shapes, textures, and colors. But what many people don't know is that asphalt shingles are also recyclable. This makes them an excellent choice for those who are looking for a sustainable building material.

When it comes to asphalt shingles, recycling is on the rise. A 2014 NAPA Asphalt Pavement Industry Survey found that the use of recycled shingles in asphalt mixtures increased to an all-time high in 2014. This represents 400,000 tons or 2.2 million barrels of virgin asphalt preserved by recycling manufacturing waste and asphalt shingles.

The survey also found that the use of recycled shingles in paving projects increased by almost 25 percent from 2013 to 2014.

So why the sudden increase in recycling?

Recycled shingles are a cost-effective way to pave roads and parking lots.

Recycling asphalt shingles also helps to reduce the amount of waste that goes into landfills.

So if you're thinking about re-roofing your home or office, be sure to keep recyclability in mind.

Can Concrete or Clay Tiles Be Recycled? 

Yes, these types of tiles are generally ground down and reused as gravel in various construction projects such as landscaping or materials in sidewalks and other walking paths.

As with asphalt shingles, recycling clay tiles requires finding a facility that will accept them. Unfortunately, these types of facilities are far less common than those that accept asphalt shingles. But it's definitely worth checking into if you have these types of tiles on your roof. It's a great way to be eco-friendly and give your old roof tiles a new lease on life.

Can Wood Shakes Be Recycled?

It's a tricky question with no easy answer. There are no formal recycling centers that accept wood shakes for reuse, so you will have to find ways to recycle or reuse them yourself.

Some ways you can reuse them include grinding them down yourself to make wood chips for landscaping, or donating them to churches, artists, or other organizations that can use them for various projects.

Can Metal Roofing Be Recycled?

A lot of people don't realize that metal roofing is actually recyclable. In fact, most metal roofing is made from recycled materials. So when you choose metal roofing for your home, you're actually doing your part to help the environment. And because metal roofing lasts longer than any other type of roofing material, it's truly the best eco-friendly option.

Looking for an environmentally friendly roofer?

If you're looking for an environmentally friendly roofer, contact us at Pickard Roofing. We have a long history of installing green and sustainable roofs in Raleigh, Durham and Cary/Apex in North Carolina. Whether you're looking for a traditional asphalt shingle roof or something more unique, we can help you find the right solution for your home or business.

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At Pickard Roofing, we think Design. Craft. Renew. We are experienced in all types of roofing systems- and provide the right roofing design and selective craftsmanship for renewing our customer’s assets. We invite sustainable building customers to give us a call for your free evaluation. For over 90 years Pickard Roofing Company has installed countless metal, tile, slate, TPO, EPDM, and all types of shingle roofing in the Triangle. Our services include residential, commercial, custom architectural metal fabrication, and historical renovation.