The Benefits of Shingle RecyclingBy Stacy Mellete
Shingle recycling is a sustainable approach to roofing. By turning old roofs into new roads, all parties, especially the environment, win.
As a GAF Master Elite roofing contractor, Affordable Roofing Systems champions shingle recycling. Here are a few facts to advance your knowledge about this residential and commercial roofing practice:
It Is Impactful
Asphalt is the most recycled material in America. Being the component of about 80% of roofs and 94% of roads, the positive environmental impact of repurposing asphalt products is undeniable. Since asphalt shingles are made of asphalt, glass, sand, and limestones, recycling helps conserve limited natural resources.
It Is Gaining Steam
GAF spearheads the recycling of residential roofing products in the country. Its Certified Contractor Programs have contributed to building awareness and has drawn commitments from roofers across the United States to adopt this approach. More companies have steadily joined the cause since then. From 10% in 2010, the rate of recycling for asphalt shingles jumped to 28% in 2015.
GAF believes work still needs to be done, but the industry is on the right track. Thanks to its network of over 550 certified contractors, the leading roofing manufacturer in North America expects further progress in the years to come.
It Saves Everybody Money
Did you know recycling old asphalt roofing shingles is more cost-effective than dumping them? One of the biggest reasons contractors are motivated to embrace a green approach toward construction waste is lower disposal costs.
Other than roofers, the entire country benefits from shingle recycling. Every time contractors reclaim and reuse asphalt shingles after roof repairs and replacement projects, they help decrease the America’s dependence on foreign oil. Recycling doesn’t require government grants, and local governments save when they turn to repurposed asphalt for paving.
Contribute to America’s sustainability and choose a roofing contractor in Tampa FL and St. Petersburg, like Affordable Roofing Systems, that embraces shingle recycling. Call us today at (813) 542-8462 to talk about your project and get a free estimate.