Asphalt shingles are the most popular roofing material on the market. As a matter of fact, 80% of residential roofs in the U.S. are built with asphalt shingles.
Alarmingly, the standard advice for the disposal of old asphalt shingles is to transport them to landfills. Fortunately, recent developments have made asphalt shingle recycling a more convenient and sustainable method of disposal. Read on as Wilson Roofing, your local GAF Master Elite® residential roofing contractor, explains why asphalt shingle recycling is the way to go.
Why It’s Important to Recycle
Residential roof removals can generate one to three tons of asphalt shingles. Every year, this adds up to an estimated 10 million tons of shingles nationwide. Not included in that amount is the millions of tons of scrap material generated by the manufacturing process. These add to the country’s overcrowded landfills and stay there for more than 300 years.
Asphalt shingles cannot be composted or burned, so they stay in landfills for as long as it takes to break them down. By contrast, recycling them after removal can help reduce the country’s dependence on a non-renewable source, oil. This is because asphalt shingles can be used as paving material to repair roads. They can also be used to produce new asphalt shingles or broken down to create fuel oil. When choosing a residential or commercial roofing material for your property, be sure you consider its impact on the environment.
How GAF Contributes
GAF is North America’s largest and most trusted roofing manufacturer. Every year, we replace old shingles on countless homes across the country. Rather than dump these shingles into already overflowing landfills, we are dedicated to shingle recycling.
Our contributions have helped increase the rate of shingle recycling from 10% to 28% in the last five years. With over 550 professional roofers in our Certified Contractor Programs who are committed to shingle recycling, we hope to set an example for other roofing contractors and manufacturers.
As a GAF-certified roofer, Wilson Roofing can provide you quality, environmentally friendly roofing services. Call us today at (855) 501-2220 to learn more. You can also request a free estimate. We serve Austin, TX, and the surrounding areas.