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Is Your Roofing Material Recyclable?

Do you need to get a new roof for your home, but you have concerns about the environmental impact that the material will make when it eventually is removed many years from now? If so, you'll likely want to know which roofing materials are recyclable. 

Metal Roofing

The nice thing about metal roofing is that the material is 100% recyclable. This includes a wide range of metal roofing materials, such as aluminum, zinc, copper, and stainless steel. You may even be surprised to learn that there is a lot of recycled metal already used in existing metal roofing material that may be on your home. This is especially true of aluminum roofing material, which often comes from recycled cans. 

Asphalt Shingles

Asphalt shingles are popular among homeowners because they are easy to install and affordable. However, your asphalt shingles don't need to end up in the landfill. While many asphalt shingles are disposed of, it is possible to recycle the material and use it for asphalt paving purposes. A common reason why asphalt shingles are not recycled is that people do not know that it is possible to recycle them. The material may simply look beyond its use and be thrown away when it could be turned into another product.

EPDM

EPDM material is commonly used in flat roofs or those that have a very low slope. While you may not think that this material can be recycled, it actually can be reused. There are recycling services that actually handle the collection of this rubber roofing material and handle the recycling of it for you. The material will be ground down into a powder, which can then be reused to make things like new roofing material or walkway pads. 

Tile Roofing

What makes clay and concrete tile roofing so unique is that 100% of the material is recyclable. The material is crushed down so that it can be transformed into gravel, used for sidewalks and pathways, or other construction purposes. Thankfully, even if this material ends up in landfills, it isn't harmful to the environment since clay and concrete tiles are made from natural minerals.

Want more information about environmentally-friendly roofing materials? Make sure to ask companies like Danny Odom & Son Roofing before selecting a material. They can let you know what the options are, what materials can be made from recycled material, and what materials will end up in landfills.