The roofing industry is changing, with more materials used in projects becoming recyclable to help protect the environment from further landfill volumes. But, what exactly is recyclable?
As one of the most common materials on rooftops today, asphalt shingles are definitely recyclable. They didn’t used to be, but today’s recycling centers can take these petroleum-based products and create new shingles from them. Road or pathway materials might be possible with recycled shingles too.
Because of the common misconception that shingles can’t be recycled, it’s up to the roofers to find a nearby facility that takes on this material.
Metal roofing comes in all shapes and sizes today, and every piece can be recycled. These materials might turn into appliances, aluminum cans, and various other products.
Most communities have a metal-recycling plant nearby. Responsible roofers can bring the metal pieces to the facility once the job is completed. This material, in particular, is highly coveted as a recyclable item. In fact, it’s actually one of the easiest materials to recycle. The majority of homes today don’t have declining metal rooftops, however, which makes this material mostly a commercial contribution to the recycling world.
Found on a low-slope or flat roofs, EPDM is a specialized rubber that can protect a roof for 10 years or longer. It may be a bit difficult to recycle it on a widespread level, however. Your roofers must contact the EPDM Roofing Association in order to find a facility that handles this rubber.
Once recycled, the rubber turns into a powder that can be made into any other rubber-based product. Before 2006, this EPDM-recycling option wasn’t even possible.
Clay or Concrete Tiles
Although clay or concrete tiles can last for several decades, there comes a time when they must be replaced. It’s a fact that these mineral-based products can be put into landfills without releasing any harmful chemicals. However, their volume is the main concern.
Turn to recycle options with these tiles. They can be crushed into tiny pieces for use in construction projects, sidewalks, garden gravel, and countless other applications. Your roofer can find a local recycling facility that handles these materials to make the process as seamless as possible.
Working with Cloud Roofing in San Antonio
At Cloud Roofing, we take our work and the environment very seriously. We weigh our environmental impact against each job with careful material choices and job-site maintenance.
Every roofing material that we sell and install is environmentally friendly. It should give off minimal fumes while being completely recyclable when the time comes to remove it.
Ask us about our materials and what items might work for your home. Our team takes pride in your project and the surrounding environment. We all share this beautiful Earth.
Discuss your options with Cloud Roofing during your next consultation. Roof replacements can now be as clean as possible for a brighter future tomorrow.