What to Do With Used Asphalt Shingles

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The most commonly used roofing material for residential homes is asphalt. The average lifespan for these shingles is roughly 15-20 years depending on the level of maintenance it receives through the years. Here’s what you can do with the shingles when your roof is replaced.

Recycling
Asphalt shingles take roughly 400 years to fully break down, so allowing them to go to a landfill is not an option. Instead, bring them to a recycling center so they can be repurposed for public works projects. Most roads have some form of recycled asphalt included in the composition of its pavement. Call your local recycling centers and see which ones will take your shingles for free, or even find one that will pay you!

Repurpose
Replacing the roof of your home will leave you with a lot of shingles to dispose of. Some of these shingles might still be in good condition, so save a few. Asphalt is the perfect material for making non-slip walkways. Install a few shingles on the edge of each step of your basement stairs.

Donate
Sometimes a roof will need to be replaced prematurely for structural reasons. When this happens, a lot of the shingles on the roof are still in good enough condition to be reused. If you’re not going to reuse the materials yourself, donate them to organizations that help low-income families.

Asphalt shingles don’t always need to go in the trash, especially if they’re still in decent condition. When you need your roof replaced (and shingles recycled), contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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