What Will Happen to My Old Asphalt Shingles?

Of all the different kinds of roofing material you can use for your home, asphalt shingles are incredibly common amongst homeowners. 80% of roofs are made of asphalt shingles due to their cost, easy installation, and simple maintenance. Unfortunately, the short lifespan of asphalt shingles means that many end up in landfills since they are replaced so often with new materials. This raises a few questions about what will happen to your old asphalt shingles after they are ripped off your roof.

Are My Old Shingles Recyclable?

You'll be glad to know that asphalt shingles are recyclable. Old shingles with a fiberglass or organic core are often made into material for asphalt paving. The shingles can be ground-up and included in the asphalt, which requires using less new aggregate materials. It helps create jobs in the field of asphalt shingle recycling, and reduces the cost to create new asphalt for roads.

Used asphalt shingles are also used for new roofing materials, road maintenance materials, and fuel. New uses are constantly being explored as well.

What Happens to Shingles That Are Not Recycled?

If you do not have your shingles recycled, there are not many alternatives for what will happen to them. Most asphalt shingles end up being disposed of at a landfill when they are unable to be recycled.

Due to the petroleum used in the roofing material, asphalt shingles do not decompose quickly at all. That's why environmentally conscious homeowners will need to take some time to ensure their shingles are actually recycled if the environmental impact is a concern to them.

Will Recycling My Shingles Cost Money?

The biggest cost of recycling asphalt shingles is the transportation cost of taking them to the proper facility. Not all recycling centers accept asphalt shingles, which will require a longer drive to have the material recycled. Depending on how far away you live from a shingle recycling center, there may be an additional cost involved to have the asphalt shingles recycled by your roofing contractor.

Thankfully, asphalt shingle recycling is becoming more popular. More recycling centers are accepting asphalt shingles now than they ever had in the past, and the cost is coming down considerably

For more information about asphalt shingle recycling, talk to your roofing contractor (such as GBS Enterprises Roofing) about it. They will be familiar with all of the shingle recycling centers in the area, and can provide you with more information if recycling shingles is important to you.