Disposal Of Roofing Materials

disposal of roofing materials

Getting your roof replaced is a big job. Disposing roofing material is just another thing you have to think about. Make your project a little easier by choosing the right roof single disposal service for your project. We dig into this a little more today to make disposing of roofing materials a bit easier on you when replacing your roof. 

Types Of Roofing Materials

When deciding on a roof shingle disposal service, you must know what type of shingle you are getting rid of to confirm your disposal service accepts it. Asphalt shingles are the most common type of shingle used for residential properties, but other types include slate shingles, wood shingles, and clay tiles. Additional roofing materials like felt paper, underlayment, and flashing must also be disposed of properly. 

Roof Shingle Disposal Options

There are a few different options for your shingle disposal, depending on what type and amount of roofing debris you will have. Not all contractors choose to recycle their shingles, so make sure your contractor does before you start your service if this is something you wish to do. 

1. Rent a Dumpster

One of the simplest ways to go about disposing of roofing materials is to rent a roll-off dumpster. Dumpster rentals accept all types of roofing materials, shingles, and tiles. You can rent the container for the entire length of your project, so there’s no rush. You also won’t have to make multiple trips to the landfill which saves you and your contractor time and money. Each container typically holds more than four pickup truck loads of debris. These dumpsters are easy for roofing contractors to work with. 

Disposal regulations vary based on location. Speak to a recycling expert to find out what type of materials are accepted in your area. 

2. Haul Shingles to Landfill

Another option is to haul asphalt shingles and other material to a local landfill for disposal. All you need is a pickup truck. Fill the truck and then unload it at the landfill. There is typically a fee-based on the type and weight of the debris. This fee differs by location and facility. This may require multiple trips, depending on the size of the project. This is a low-cost disposal option that lets you complete it your way. This is not always a good option if you are using a contractor for your roof replacement. Trips to the landfill will add time to your project. 

Costs of Shingle Disposal

The cost of disposing your roofing material depends on the size of your project, the amount, and the weight of your roofing debris. The most common dumpster size for a residential roof replacement is a 20 cubic yard dumpster. These typically cost an average of $400-$500 and usually include a 3 to 4-ton weight limit. 

You can get a better estimate of the cost of disposing your shingles by calculating their total weight. 

Options for Recycling Roof Shingles

Looking for an environmentally friendly way to get rid of your roofing materials? Depending on the type of shingles you have, you may be able to recycle them. Shingle recycling is economically viable, convenient, and saves valuable resources from being sent to a landfill. Recycling creates jobs for local recycling locations, reduces costs for road paving, and allows homeowners to make a positive environmental contribution. 

Asphalt Shingle Recycling

If you are removing asphalt shingles, a shingle recycler can help you get rid of them. They recycle asphalt shingles into asphalt that is used to make pavement or for another usage. The shingles from one average-sized home can pave about 200 feet of a two-lane highway. Two million tons of recycled asphalt shingle material were utilized in pavement across the United States in 2015. This saved taxpayers $2.6 billion, according to one report. 

The use of recycled shingles saves $3 to $5 per ton of asphalt. That may not sound like a lot at first, however, consider what a typical resurfacing project would cost. A typical project uses about 30,000 tons of asphalt. This would save $90,000 to $150,000.

Using a small percentage of recycled asphalt shingles in hot mix asphalt helps improve the performance of the pavement by reducing rutting and cracking. Recycled asphalt materials are also used to fill potholes in road surfaces. Another use for recycled asphalt shingles is for road aggregate for unpaved roadways. This increases road durability while reducing dust emissions, road noise, and displacement of gravel from the roadway. 

Other Types of Shingles

Most other types of shingles or tiles cannot be recycled in this manner, but it is always good to check with your local recycling center to make sure. 

To find a shingle recycling service near you, visit ShingleRecycling.org. 

Depending on the type of service, the recycler may bring you a container to collect the shingles or require you to drop them off. It’s important to note that shingle recycling is not available in all areas.

If you choose to recycle your shingles, remember that you will still need to dispose of other roofing materials, like roof gravel and underlayment.

Disposing of roofing materials is just another step on your path to a new roof. Contact us at 636-699-0449 today so we can get you started on the new roof of your dreams.