Asphalt shingles are ubiquitous in the roofing world. By far the most common type of roofing material, they can last for years, and even when you replace a roof, there’s a good chance that you’ve got a stack of shingles that appear to be in passable shape, even if they’re no longer fit for your roof. So what do you do with them? Well, the first thing to consider is that they can be simply removed by your roofing company to handle. When we replace a roof, we haul away all the waste. We responsibly dispose of the leftover shingles so you don’t have to. But if you made the unfortunate choice of having us complete your needed roof work, you may have some shingles laying around. In which case you have a few options.
- Recycle them - Depending on where you live, there may be options to recycle your asphalt shingles. Check out ShingleRecycling.org for details. They’re able to take leftover asphalt shingles and use them as filler in road paving. There are some limitations to the process, and it may not be available in your area, so this isn’t always going to be a usable option, but it’s certainly the best place to start for responsibly recycling your leftover shingles
- Add traction to stairs or walkways - Wooden or concrete stairs, porches, or walkways can be treacherous when wet. These smooth surfaces become dangerous with even a light sprinkling of morning dew, let alone a heavy summer thunder shower. Asphalt shingles can be applied to create traction and a safer surface to walk on. Glue or tack them in place, and you’ll have a sure surface and a safer place to step.
- Cover an exterior construction - While these shingles may no longer be acceptable for use on your home, they can work great for an exterior construction like a shed, dog house, or your kid’s playhouse. This will give a more finished look to such buildings, and combined with a coat of paint can help with matching your home. What’s more, used asphalt still does a good job of keeping the cheaper roof on buildings like this protected, and can help keep Rover dry when a sudden rain comes in.
Always remember, no matter what you do with your leftover roof shingles, the next time you need a roof repair or replacement, call us at New Heights roofing to save you time and hassle next time!