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Three Misconceptions About Roof Repairs That You Need To Avoid

Posted by on Feb 6, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Misconceptions About Roof Repairs That You Need To Avoid

While ownership of a home can provide you with a sense of security after years of living in rental properties, it also means that you are responsible for upkeep and repairs that were previously the domain of a landlord. One of the structures you need to keep in excellent condition is your roof. However, people tend to take the presence of the roof for granted until repairs are needed. Many also have misconceptions about roof maintenance. If you do not want to be in the same boat as homeowners who neglect their roofs and end up spending exorbitant amounts of money to fix problems that could have been avoided, do not fall prey to the following misconceptions about roof maintenance. You Only Need to Call a Roofing Contractor When You Have a Leak Make no mistake about it, roof leaks are serious business and can be signs of extensive damage. However, you should not wait until you see evidence of a leak to fix issues that lead to water infiltration. You need to keep an eye out for the following early symptoms of water damage: Puddles and wet spots on your roof that do not seem to dry Loose mortar joints around the roof Cracks in tiles Defective flashing Missing shingles Clogged downspouts Dents in the roof after a hail storm That last thing you want is for the leak to expand during the next storm and cause damage to your hardwood flooring, carpet, insulation, ceilings, and other structures. Do Not Need to Worry About Roof Repairs Until It Is Time to Get the Entire Structure Replaced There is a reason why experts recommend that you inspect your roof twice a year, during the fall and spring. Think of your roof like you think about your car. In order to keep your car running properly, you take it to your mechanic for regular maintenance and safety checks. Since you do not let car problems linger until they develop into major issues, do not drag your feet on getting minor roofing defects repaired. While you should leave extensive inspections to professionals, the National Roofing Contractors Association provides consumers with a useful checklist for an initial inspection. The preliminary inspection will enable you to become familiar with your roof and learn how to detect issues early. If you are unsure about whether something you notice is damage or not, do not hesitate to call your roofer and ask questions. Being proactive may save you thousands of dollars in the long run. DIY Roof Repair Is the Way to Go Thinking about the cost of roof repairs can send you into a tailspin of worry if you are on a limited budget or simply do not want to invest in long-term roof maintenance. However, do not take it upon yourself to be a DIY roofer to take care of serious issues hail damage or large leaks. Cleaning your gutters is one thing, but replacing numerous shingles after a severe storm is a dangerous activity. First, think about your safety. The average homeowner will not have the commercial safety equipment necessary to prevent falls. Professional roofers use stable platforms, aerial lifts, scaffolding, and personal fall-arrest equipment to enhance their safety during roof repairs. Second, you need to have the proper equipment and materials to make repairs. You...

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Which Environmentally-Friendly Roofing Option Should You Choose?

Posted by on Jan 5, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Which Environmentally-Friendly Roofing Option Should You Choose?

So many people are looking for environmentally-friendly upgrades to their home because it helps reduce carbon footprints. If you’re in the market for a new roof, consider an eco-friendly roofing material. Check out these three common roofing options that are better for the environment, and see which one is best for your needs. Recycled Shingles Recycled shingles are an excellent way to help the environment while giving your roof a new fantastic look. They are made from recycled materials, which means less waste is being dumped into landfills. The waste for the shingles are collected both from homes and businesses. These recycled shingles can be crafted to look like many different materials, such as asphalt. Another environmental benefit is that using recycled materials uses much less energy than extracting and processing raw materials. Typically, recycled shingles are made from used plastic, rubber, wood fiber, and many other items. Who should choose this roof: Recycled shingles are a great option if you want something affordable and something that doesn’t require a lot of maintenance. Don’t worry about the look because thanks to the manufacturing process, these shingles look amazing. Reclaimed Wood Shingles Instead of using new wood directly from cut tress, reclaimed wood shingles use recycled wood, which is a great way to help the environment. True, wood decays quicker than other waste, but it still takes up room in the landfill for a while. Plus, again, using recycled wood uses less energy. The wood typically comes from mill shavings, old bridges, etc. Anyplace that has old wood to get rid of can be a source for reclaimed wood shingles. Thanks to reclaimed wood shingles, you don’t have to worry about your wood roof destroying trees. Yet, you still get the classic beauty of a wood roof. Who should choose this roof: Wood roofs are best on houses that have steep roofs so the water can easily flow. Even with a steep roof, however, wood roofs require quite a bit of maintenance to protect them from weather and bugs. Only choose this type of roof if you are willing to do the leg work to keep it protected or else you’re just wasting your money. Green Living Roof A green living roof is perhaps one of the strangest types of eco-roofs you’ll find, but they also look amazing. Think of a roof that has a lot of moss growing on it. Normally, this is a bad thing that can damage the roof, but with a green living roof, you purposely grow plants on your roof. Don’t worry, the waterproof membrane prevents water from seeping into your roof. On top of that membrane sits the growing medium. This is where plants grow and thrive. Not only does this turn your roof into a natural habitat for animals, but it also keeps your home cool because the plants absorb the sunlight instead of your roof. Who should choose this roof: A green living roof isn’t for everyone. For starters, it is expensive to start and takes time to grow. Another issue with green roofs is that they may not look right on every home, and your neighbors may even complain that it looks unkempt, especially if you live in a neighborhood with a homeowner’s association. Don’t just get the same old roof...

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How To Make Your Roof Installation Project Less Stressful

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Your Roof Installation Project Less Stressful

Having a new roof installed is an excellent way to optimize energy efficiency, improve curb appeal, and even increase the overall resale value of your home—but the process can be a bit overwhelming and stressful. Here are a few things you can do to make your roofing installation project a more enjoyable and less stressful experience overall: Commit to One-on-One Consultations To ensure that the roofing contractor you choose to work with will be able to meet all of your personal needs and expectations, it’s important to schedule one-on-one consultations in your home with a few prospective options. By having potential contractors come to your home, you’ll get an accurate quote from each of them because they will be able to personally inspect your roof and determine how much work will have to go into your project. You will also have an opportunity to sit down with each prospect and get to know their work ethic while asking the important questions that are on your mind. An in-home consultation will also give each contractor a chance to determine whether or not they have the tools and resources needed to properly complete your new roof installation, depending on your home’s setup. Obtain Copies of Insurance and Warranties During your consultations, have each prospective roofing contractor provide you with copies of their insurance policies so you can see with your own eyes exactly what will be covered if something goes wrong during your installation project. You should also obtain copies of any warranty options that will be available to you for the materials and labor that are associated with your roof installation project. You can then spend some time after your consultation meetings comparing all of the insurance and warranty information you get side-by-side and determine which options are likely to offer you the most bang for your buck.  Make sure you request that each prospect bring their paperwork with them to the consultations beforehand, to ensure that you have immediate access to it. Understanding how you’re insured and what kind of protection you’ll have access to after the installation will minimize the chance of unwanted surprises popping up as time goes on. Narrow Down Timelines An important thing to consider when choosing a roofing contractor to work with is project timelines. Find out how long each prospect expects it will take to get all of the equipment in place before they can start the project, how long the project itself should take, and how long cleanup will last afterward. Will your contractor spend two or three days setting up before getting started on your project? Will you have to navigate around leftover debris and materials for a few days until the contractor can clean things up? Will you be expected to do any of the setup or cleanup yourself? You may find that one contractor can complete the installation in just two days, but will take twice as long to get things set up and cleaned up. Another contractor may take four days to install your roof, but they may not require more than a day to set up and clean up. Schedule a Maintenance Appointment You can also reduce the overall stress you experience throughout your roof installation project by scheduling at least one maintenance appointment with your contractor...

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Covered With Care: The Roofs Of Senior Care And Assisted Living Facilities

Posted by on Jul 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Covered With Care: The Roofs Of Senior Care And Assisted Living Facilities

As the country’s Baby Boom generation ages, the demand for quality housing and care for seniors increases. If you’re the developer or executive manager of a new facility catering to the needs of the elderly, your responsibilities are wide-ranging and often focused on making the building’s interior comfortable, bright, practical and easy to navigate. Residents and their visitors also appreciate a handsome exterior and landscaping. While all these things are easily visible, the roof is one critical area of the structure that’s practically invisible to the casual observer, residents and those who work inside the facility. Yet the roof – the covering that protects the entire square footage of the building from above – requires every bit as much attention as the surfaces and systems within the structure. Your roofing contractor will be your biggest ally to manage this important part of the building from construction to ongoing maintenance and repairs. Types of Roofing The architectural style of the facility you develop or manage is a major determining factor in roofing material selection. When you consider bids from commercial roofing contractors, such as Central States Roofing, keep in mind the popular types of roofing material that are used for care and assisted living facilities: Composite shingles. Made of asphalt with fiberglass, or recycled materials such as rubber, composite shingle roofing gives a comfortable, residential appearance to senior care and assisted living properties. Shingles have relatively low installation costs and manufacturers offer valuable warranties. Tile roofing. Made of clay or concrete, individual tiles may be flat or curved. Tile is one of the longest-lasting types of roofing available and has high aesthetic value when paired with classic architectural themes. The reddish-orange hue of terra-cotta colored tile, for example, goes beautifully with Southwestern design. Dark blue tiles pair well with a white stucco exterior for a Mediterranean architectural theme. Metal Roofing. Metal roofing panels with weathertight couplings make a handsome, long-lasting roof for a facility with contemporary architecture. Senior residents and their families who value sustainability will be pleased to learn that the material is mostly made of recycled metal, and special coating finishes make it energy efficient. Roof Inspections and Maintenance Just because it’s (mostly) out of sight doesn’t mean that the roof can be out of mind, too. The roof’s ongoing structural integrity is important for keeping out moisture, controlling interior temperatures, and protecting your residents and staff from inclement weather conditions. Schedule visual inspections of the roof by your facility maintenance staff at least monthly to check for: Loose or missing shingles or tiles. This type of inspection should also be done immediately following storms and high wind incidents. Buckled or loose seams on metal roofs. These can be caused by ongoing heat or cold situations, and by normal settling of the building on its foundation. Puddling water and visible low or raised areas of the roof. This can be an indication of unseen damage that has occurred to the underlayment or roof decking, often due to slow and unseen leakage. Loose flashing. The sheet metal pieces that cover the gaps between the roofing material and objects that penetrate the roof, such as a chimney and vents, can loosen due to normal expansion, contraction and even tiny seismic shifts. Interior staining. The routine inspection should also include a thorough...

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Different Types of Winter Damage to Watch For

Posted by on Feb 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Different Types of Winter Damage to Watch For

In the aftermath of the latest winter storms to hit parts of the U.S., now is a good time to make sure your roof is still in one piece. A wintry combination of freezing rain, sleet, snow and ice can slowly, but surely, do a number on your roof, resulting in post-winter damage that could leave it defenseless against springtime wind and rain. The following offers an in-depth guide on what to look for as you’re surveying your roof for the spring season ahead. Raised and Buckled Shingles Shingle damage is one of the most common problems you can expect on your roof after a lengthy winter of heavy snowfall. Shingle damage can occur when snow or ice accumulation on a shingle suddenly thaws, causing the shingle material to warp, lift away and even completely separate from the rest of the roof. High winds can also lift shingles from their original moorings. Broken shingles are relatively easy to find, but a buckled or slightly raised shingle can be a bit tougher to spot. Start by doing a walk-around of your home in search of broken-off shingle pieces or whole shingles, making note of where you found the offending pieces. Next, you’ll need to grab a ladder and climb up on the roof. Start by walking up the slope, carefully eyeing each shingle and making sure they all have a uniform appearance. Take note of each buckled or raised shingle you encounter so you can take the necessary steps to repair the problem. Water Seepage from Ice Dams Another problem you may encounter after a long winter is water damage caused by the formation of ice dams. Ice dams can form when heat from within your home rises into the attic space and warms the roof surface above freezing. The snow on top of the roof melts, only to turn back into ice as soon as it reaches the colder edges of the roof. The end result is a dam of solid ice that traps meltwater behind it, allowing it to seep through the roof shingles and into the walls and ceilings of your home. Ice dams are usually a symptom of inadequate insulation and poor attic ventilation. Improving the exhaust air flow in your home’s attic helps push warmer air out and away from the roof, while adding more insulation to your attic can help block heat from rising further within your home. If an ice dam leaves behind water damage, you’ll have to carefully inspect and replace any shingles and underlying roofing material that was damaged. Gutter Damage from Expanding Ice Constant freeze and thaw cycles can also wreak havoc on your gutters and eaves. Throughout the winter, the gutters can become clogged with ice and the resulting weight of the ice can cause gutters to sag. The freeze and thaw cycle can also loosen the supports holding the gutter in place. Expanding ice can also pull apart metal flashing along roof edges, chimneys and ventilation outlets. Conduct a walk-around of your home’s gutter system and look for signs of sagging. In areas where you see gutter sag, check whether the sag is being caused by a missing or broken hanger. Carefully remove and replace the damaged mounting hardware, making sure to use threaded rods or spikes to...

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How to Repair Rust and Puncture Damage across a Metal Roof

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Repair Rust and Puncture Damage across a Metal Roof

Metal roofs are a great investment because they are rated to last at least 50 years. The durability of the steel along with any protective coatings placed over the material are two of the reasons why your roof will last a long time. However, this does not mean that you can simply ignore the roof and expect it to last forever. Damage can occur, like with any other roof. This means that proper fixes must be completed when you note the damage. An inspection completed at least once every 6 to 12 months can reveal the damage. Rust and punctures are two types of damage that may be noted. Keep reading to learn how to repair these issues. Repairing Rust Most metal roofs are made with several different coatings so that the steel does not become exposed to the elements. A typical roof will be covered with a galvanizing coating and colored paint. These coatings together help with rust protection. Unfortunately, a wind-tossed stick or another piece of debris during a storm can scrape through all of the coatings. The exposed steel will then start to rust. When you notice this rust, then you will need to remove it and then add paint over the area of the roof. To remove rust, use a wire brush to remove as much of the loose corrosion as you can and then remove the remaining rust with a piece of 80 or 120 grit sandpaper. Afterwards, clean the area with a degreasing material to prepare the steel for painting. Trisodium phosphate is a good compound to use for this. Once the area is ready, purchase an acrylic paint that is labeled as direct-to-metal paint. This paint is an industrial use type of paint that is meant to be applied directly over a prepared metal surface without the need for priming. The paint can withstand pressure and stress from chemicals and adverse weather conditions, and it is also corrosion resistant to help prevent new rust from forming on your roof.  Make sure to locate a paint that matches your roof and use a small roller or a paintbrush to add the paint.  Fixing Punctures If you see small holes in your roof that are the result of punctures from sticks and other flying debris, then these are areas where your roof is likely to leak. Leaks can quickly cause rot along the wood decking that sits underneath the roof. This is an especially troublesome issue with steel roofs since the materials typically create a tight seal over the home. This means that the wet decking will not be exposed to air that can help dry out the area. To prevent this type of problem from occurring, make sure to seal punctures as soon as you see them.  Small holes and openings are typically pretty easy to fix with a cement or sealer. Plastic and asphalt cements can be used to fill the openings, but these materials are typically not resistant to UV damage. This means that the materials are likely to crack over time and openings will need to be repaired once again. For a more permanent solution, purchase a urethane roofing cement instead. Clear options are best so you do not have to worry about painting the area after it is fixed. Also, choose a sealer in...

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Tips To Prepare Your Roof For El Nino

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Prepare Your Roof For El Nino

Weather experts are predicting that the west coast is going to be hit with an El Nino weather pattern. This means that it is expected to be a wet winter and spring. Much of the west coast has been in drought-like conditions for the past five years, so the wet weather is greatly needed. However, since there hasn’t been much rain, your roof may not be up-to-par to handle constant rain and downpours. Preparing your roof for El Nino can help prevent leaks and the extensive damage they can cause. Here are some tips on how to prepare your roof for this predicted weather pattern. Look for Signs of Leaks Due to the lack of rain, you may not notice any leaks that have sprung up in your roof over the past couple years. Most people don’t notice leaks until a large amount of water is dripping through them. However, even a small amount of water can leave behind tell-tale signs of a leak. One of the best indicators of a leak in a roof is staining on the underside of the roof. Go into your attic and look upward. If you see signs of water stains, such as discoloration or mildew, you likely have a leak in your roof. Another way to look for signs of leaks in your roof is to stand on your roof with a hose and spray water onto the roof. Have a second person stand in your attic and look up to the attic ceiling. If any water drips into the space as water is sprayed onto the roof, you have a leak that needs to be prepared. A roofer can fix these leaks before the heavy rain begins to fall, preventing large amounts of damage to both your roof and home. Clean Your Gutters Another way to prepare your roof for El Nino is to clean your gutters. Your gutters play an integral role in the well-being of your roof, siding and foundation system. Your gutter collects water as it falls from the roof and guides it away from the siding and foundation of your home. However, if the gutter is filled with debris, water falling from the roof may not flow through the trough. This causes water to sit in the trough, which can cause the edge of the roof to rot. Or worse, it can push water into your roof sheathing. If the sitting water and debris become too heavy, the gutter may pull away from the side of the roof, damaging the roof. And if water flows over the edge of the trough, your siding and foundation may be subjected to large amounts of water. Taking the time to remove leaves and debris from your gutter is the best way to ensure water flowing through the trough is not impeded. Use soapy water to clean any sediment and dirt that have collected in the trough before the winter months hit as well. Cleaning your gutters helps extend the lifespan of gutters, as well as your roof, siding and foundation. Inspect Your Roof The last way to prepare your roof for El Nino is to inspect your roof. This involves climbing on the roof and looking for signs of damage. A few missing shingles or tiles may not seem like...

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Is Your Roof Ready For Solar Panels?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Roof Ready For Solar Panels?

Adding solar panels is a great way to update your home, possibly increase its value, and make better use of green energy. However, there are several factors in play when installing these panels on your roof. Keep these items in mind when doing your initial planning to help you determine what the real cost of installation will be. What Type of Roofing Do You Have? The most common type of roof covering is asphalt shingles. Because they are so common (and just so happen to be easy to work with) this is what a basic solar panel installation kit will be set up to deal with. If this happens to be the type of roofing material on your house, this should be no issue, but if not, you may have to do some additional work to get the panels up. The most important consideration will be whether or not you can drive a hammer through a tile without damaging it, like you can with asphalt shingles. This means that you will likely be okay with wood shake or rubber tile, but most other materials will give you some difficulty. If you work with a contractor that has experience working with slate, you can get kits that covert panel mounts to work with that or composite. For metal roofing you may have to contact the roofing manufacturer and see what they recommend–without any seams to attach the panels, it simply may not be something that can be accomplished within a reasonable budget. What Condition Is Your Roof In? Your new solar panels will last several decades, and while they will need regular maintenance during that time, you want to avoid pulling them all down and having to reinstall them. By a twist of fate, this is also approximately how long many shingles will last, so if you have asphalt shingles, it is best to add the panels while the roof is relatively new, or wait a few years until you can replace them just before you install the panels. Check the warranty on your shingles before making this decision, as there are some higher end asphalt shingles that will last quite a bit longer than 20 years. This gives you a longer grace period to install the panels. Other roofing materials will again depend on what you have. A new slate roof will outlive you, so it can easily outlive your solar panels even if it was installed decades ago. Composite, shake and rubber roofing also have extended lifespans. When in doubt, have a roofer come and give you an estimate of the remaining life of your roof before you make any solid decisions. How Steep Is the Slope? Solar panels need to be tilted very specifically in order to maximize their efficiency. While this varies based on your location, you would be lucky indeed if the perfect tilt for your panels just happened to be the same as the slope of your roof. By doing some reasonably simple calculations, you can figure out what the optimal slope for your panels will be. The blueprints for your house should have the angle of the roof–no need for any math there. While a difference isn’t a major problem, the bigger the difference, the more complicated the mounting procedures to get the panels...

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Will A Metal Roof Be Noisy? Reducing Noise With Metal Residential Roofing Options

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Will A Metal Roof Be Noisy? Reducing Noise With Metal Residential Roofing Options

Metal roofing is one of the most durable and environmentally friendly options available for homeowners, but many people might default to asphalt or wooden shingles simply because traditional metal roofs have a bad reputation for being too loud when it rains or hails. However, while older “tin” roofs may be deafening in a thunderstorm, modern metal roofing can actually be quite quiet. If your new metal roof is loud, there are some things you can do to fix it.  Fasten The Roof Correctly One of the reasons why metal roofs can be loud is when the roof is not fastened properly for the material. Too few fasteners can mean that the metal pieces rattle when they are struck by rain or hail, amplifying sound instead of muting it. Simply installing the roof in accordance with the instructions given by the manufacturer will help to make sure that your metal is secured. Also, metal roofs will expand and contract in cold and hot weather, so if there are not enough fasteners, pieces can because too loose or tight, which will also increase the noise level.  Put Some Layers Between Your Rooms And Your Roof Modern home building techniques can also stop sound waves from reaching the interior living space. Noise can be reduced by insulating attic spaces, adding wood or drywall to ceilings, and installing a thick sub-roof underneath the metal finishing material. Proper insulation is not just a good investment for sound-proofing, but it is wise because it will help to reduce lost heat through the roof, which will save you money and extend the lifespan of your roof.  Get High Quality Shingles Not all metal roofs are created equal. If your roof is well insulated and fastened down tight, another reason why your metal roof is still loud could be that the roofing material itself is not as high quality. Thinner metal sheets are more susceptible to vibration. Flat sheets also do not have any hollow spaces where sound could amplify. Corrugated metal, on the other hand, is louder. To reduce the noise level of your roof, you might need to replace the metal with thicker, flatter sheets that are more weather and wind resistant. Older roofs that have severe metal fatigue also fall into the noisy category for the same reason: weak metals will move more, so they will be noisier. Redesign Your Home In some cases, the metal roof will not be the only culprit as to why your house seems to rattle when it rains. Open concept layouts, as well as vaulted ceilings with little or no attic, can transmit and amplify any sound, especially if the surfaces inside the home do not help with sound wave absorption. For example, if you have tile floors and decided to use wall plaster instead of drywall, your house will naturally echo sounds from a metal roof more easily. To reduce the amount of sound left to “bounce” of the walls, use drapes at the windows, and help to absorb sounds with area rugs and wall hangings.  Add The Extras If your roof is minimalist– simply a sub-roof with the metal shingles lain over top, it will be louder. Having a residential roofer come and install a sound barrier underneath your current metal roof will help tremendously with...

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Recycling Your Asphalt Roof: What Homeowners Need To Know

Posted by on Jul 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Recycling Your Asphalt Roof: What Homeowners Need To Know

If you are having your roof replaced, you might be concerned about where the old asphalt shingles will end up and how they will affect the environment. Your concerns are valid, as 11 million tons of shingles are added to landfills each year. Fortunately, shingles can be recycled. Recycling shingles is a great way to keep them out of landfills, while also contributing to the creation of new products to reduce over use of resources. You probably have a few questions about recycling your shingles. As a homeowner, the following of some answers that will help you. Does recycling the shingles from a single roof really make the much of a difference? The answer is yes. The shingles taken from just one average American home can pave about 200 ft of highway. Besides this, its also estimated that when your households chooses to recycle shingles instead of hauling them to the dump, more resources are saved– especially oil. Each home that recycles saves about two barrels of oil from needing to be used, as less virgin oil is needed to make new shingles and new roads from recycled materials. Also, pavement made with recycled shingles costs less to manufacture, so you directly contribute to reducing the cost of infrastructure in your area when you choose to recycle your roof.  What are recycled shingles used for? Roofs are most often turned into roads or new roofing material. The asphalt shingles are ground up and added to the hot mix that is used to create new pavement. Old shingle pieces can also be used as road base, and can be mixed with gravel to reduce dust and noise in rural areas. You also may not know that road quality is actually improved when recycled shingles are part of the equation. Pavement made with recycled shingles, when compared to its all-new counterpart, boasts a longer lifespan. greater resistance to moisture and temperature damage. fewer cracks. fewer potholes and ruts that need to be repaired. lower costs for repair and re-pavement when needed.  Where can I take my shingles to recycle them? Now that you have been convinced that recycling your shingles is a win-win situation all around, you might be stumped as to how to go about it. The first place to check is with your roofing contractor. If you are having your roof replaced, express your desire to recycle your shingles to the companies you are considering. Some may already recycle all the waste they remove from the roof. Others may offer it as an option for customers. However, if contractors in your area do not offer recycling services, you will need to haul the shingles to the recycling center yourself. Some states promote recycling of shingles, while others have not yet made it a priority. You can look for a recycling center in your area with online tools like this one. If you find that your state is not recycling friendly, you can help push for change by starting or signing petitions or by writing letters to local expressing the demand and benefits of the service.  How much does it cost to recycle my shingles? It costs to throw things away, but it also costs to recycle. Landfills, however, are not as economical as you might think. Even though the...

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