Asphalt shingle recycling is an example of a sustainable building solution that has continued to gain traction and is now available in 65 major markets across the United States. In fact, a consumer study conducted by Owens Corning Roofing and Asphalt found homeowners want to work with contractors who offer to recycle used shingles. Of course there is an environmental benefit. Recycling shingles from one roof is comparable to what one household produces in waste in one year.
There are a variety of recycled roofing materials that can be used as substitutes for traditional roofing. The opportunities do not stop at the asphalt shingles. There are products out there that mimic the look and durability of asphalt, slate, and clay roofing. These products are often much lighter than their traditional counterparts, which makes them much easier to work with. Because they are easier to work with, recycled materials can also be cheaper to install. Chances are, whatever type of roofing you have in mind, there is an environmentally friendly, recycled material that can be used in its place.
Roofing contractors also need to be conscience of what they do with the materials removed from your old roofing. Ask them, what do they plan to do with the used materials? Are they all going to a landfill? Or are they going to be recycled?
Before you have roofing work done on your residential or commercial building in Westchester NY or anywhere in the world, ask your roofing contractor what types of recycled materials they have worked with in the past. Recycled roofing materials have a realistic, natural appearance, can be cheaper, and are just as durable as traditional slate, asphalt, and clay. Not to mention, the added benefit of knowing you are doing something good for the environment. For more on recycled products that might be right for your roofing job, contact MCAS Roofing or your local roofing contractor for more information.