Modern trends in home improvement and development have made us more conscious about environmentally-friendly options than ever. Replacing a roof naturally causes concern for anyone who wants green alternatives to traditional materials and methods.
The good news is that top brands in roofing like CertainTeed offer roofing shingles that are energy-efficient and recyclable. In this article, we’ll also show you how to recycle old roofing materials so that you minimize the waste you put in landfills with a roof replacement.
Solar Reflective Tiles
When you make a roofing upgrade, consider adding an extra benefit to the environment by reducing your energy usage. CertainTeed’s solar reflective tiles are made of asphalt or metal. Both types of shingles have color hues rated by the Cool Roofing Rating Council (CRRC) and are in compliance with 2016 California Title 24 Part 6 Cool Roof Requirements. This is just one example of a product that can save you money and reduce your carbon imprint by decreasing energy usage.
Recyclable Roofing Materials
You’ll be pleased to know that practically every popular roofing material can be recycled. As technology continues to improve, more options and recycling centers will be come available too.
- Metal: This material is 100% recyclable and can be used in making new appliances, plumbing, and other metal-based products. The top metal roofing types like Galvalume®, aluminum, copper, zinc, and stainless steel are all recyclable.
- Asphalt: It is a common misunderstanding that petroleum-based asphalt cannot be recycled, but your old asphalt roof can be given a new purpose! All you need to do is find a qualified recycling center that can use your shingles to make the pavement or create new asphalt shingles. Find more information at www.shinglerecycling.org and www.earth911.com. There are currently two recycling locations in Virginia.
- Concrete and Clay: Like metal, these materials are easy to repurpose. Concrete and clay are mineral-based and can be recycled for use in gravel, sidewalks, and other construction projects. All clay tiles can be reused or recycled. They also don’t release toxic fumes.
- EPDM: This synthetic rubber is often used in flat or low sloped commercial roofs. It recently became recyclable when the EPDM Roofing Association (ERA) launched the first EPDM roof recycling program in 2006.
Explore Green Roofing Shingles
Noble Roofing is the expert you can turn to for residential roofing and storm damage services. For more than two decades, we’ve developed a reputation for sheer quality and dependability. We serve Centreville, VA, and other nearby areas. Give us a call today at (703) 429-0840 and experience our top-notch service for yourself.