Due to their low cost and the wide range of products available, asphalt shingles are one of the most commonly used roofing materials for homes and small buildings. Because they have a relatively short lifespan when compared to other types of roofing materials, asphalt shingles must be replaced often. Many homeowners often do not wonder what happens to all of those asphalt shingles.
Every year, it is estimated that at least 10 million tons of asphalt shingles are torn off homes in the U.S. Much of this waste ends up in local landfills where it will take approximately 300 years to break down. Asphalt shingles cannot be burned as they release gasses that are extremely toxic to humans. The only other option is to recycle them.
For those who want to attempt to tear off their old roof themselves, getting the shingles to the right type of recycling facility can be difficult and expensive. Further, not all recycling facilities are able to handle asphalt shingles. Toms River roofing contractors can arrange to have the shingles taken to the closest recycling facilities easily due to the sheer amount of old asphalt shingles that they work with.
Once non-asphalt materials are removed, such as roofing nails, decking and underlayment, the shingle asphalt can be turned into a wide range of products.
Most of the asphalt goes into road paving projects. The addition of shingle asphalt can actually improve the quality of the nation’s roadways by making them able to better withstand the elements. If the shingles are not used to make the roads, they can be used to patch roads, bridges and sidewalks.
In some cases, recycled shingle asphalt can be used to craft new shingles. These can be installed on homes and small businesses. Those who are interested in using recycled shingles for their new roof should discuss their options with their trusted roofing contractor. Other shingles end up as fuel oil or as a material that is used to control erosion on major construction sites.
When homeowners are looking for an eco-friendly option for their new roofs, some decide against an asphalt shingle roof because they are thought to be wasteful. While new shingles are not environmentally friendly, homeowners can do their part to recycle their old shingles and even consider installing recycled shingles when it is time to install a new roof. A local roofing contractor should be able to assist homeowners who are interested. The roofing experts at Fortified Roofing of Toms River NJ can answer your questions about gutters or roof repairs.
Term explained by roofing company Fortified Roofing, Toms River NJ:
Roofing nails, also known as clout nails, are used to attach shingles to the roof decking to prevent them from coming loose and blowing away. They may also be used to anchor the underlayment and flashing to the decking.
Toms River FAQ about roofing:
What is the recycling process for asphalt shingles?
Once the shingles have been collected in a construction trash bin at the site, the entire load of shingles with nails still attached will be taken to a recycling facility that can process them. After the nails are removed using strong magnets, the remaining shingle materials will be ground up into smaller pieces to be used on construction projects in the future.
View All Articles
Ask A Question
If you would like to ask a question regarding roofers, a new roof installation, roof leak repairs, skylight options or gutters and downspouts please contact Fortified Roofing today!
Rated 4.7 out of 5 stars based on 8 customer reviews.
I had my roof replaced by Fortified Roofing and they did an amazing job. I’m really happy with the service and price.
John and his people done a wonderful work at my house. All the work completed is at very high standards with reasonable cost. They completed Facia, Soffits and roof at my house. I would definitely recommend Fortified Roofing Ewing for the services they offer.
The boys at Fortified Roofing did a great job on my roof in Brick. I had an old rusty tin roof and went for a roof replacement – I love it. The process was easy and I was kept informed the whole time. No more leaks. Thanks very much John.
Just had my roof done by John an the boys from Fortified Roofing Brick, great job and easy to deal with. Really happy with the price and service.
Had such a good experience with Fortified Roofing from Brick! So helpful and my roof looks great. Thanks John and the team!
John was really helpful at explaining all the options to get a great solution to fix our roof in Brick NJ! Appreciated the effort to fit our roof repair work in, even though they were already very busy and so we’re more than happy with the end result.
Very professional company, technicians are incredibly helpful and nice! I highly recommend giving Fortified Roofing Ewing a call if you need your roof repaired!
Everything ran smoothly. The crew was in and out before I knew it. Roof looked great. Site was spotless when they left . I haven’t found any old nails on the ground. They cleaned up beautifully. They did everything that was promised.
I would definitely recommend this Company. Friendly and courteous from start to finish.
Oh My! People say such nice things!