How to Reuse Asphalt Shingles

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One of the main ways to reduce waste is to reuse of items that you might normally throw away. If you replace your asphalt-shingled roof with a new type of roofing, you could either toss those used asphalt shingles into a Dumpster, or you could find a way to make the shingles useful again. Several options are available to you if you want to put those asphalt shingles back to work.

  • Install the asphalt shingles on a new roof. This is a good option if the asphalt shingles still have some life left in them. If you changed the roof for aesthetic purposes, and not because the roof was linking due to old, worn shingles, you can probably use the shingles again. If you plan to reuse the asphalt shingles though, make sure you install them onto a roof where they won't do damage if they do leak. A storage shed or a dog house are good things to roof with old shingles.

  • Repurpose the asphalt shingles. The Green Eco Services site recommends a variety of secondary uses for asphalt shingles that have been removed from a roof. Some suggested uses include making a front door or garage mat by gluing the shingles together, cushioning the bottom of a drum set with the shingles, or attaching them as a backsplash behind your sink or stove.

  • Donate gently-used asphalt shingles so that someone else can reuse them. According to the Northeast Recycling Council, Habitat for Humanity takes donated asphalt shingles. Make sure to only donate the shingles if they still have a few years of life left in them. Find your local branch of Habitat for Humanity by using the local affiliate tool on the Habitat for Humanity website. A link is in the Resources section.

  • Recycle asphalt shingles so that they can be reused in new shingles. Only some states, including Texas, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania, allow the recycling of asphalt shingles. You can find out if your state allows asphalt recycling and find a local recycling plant that can handle used asphalt shingles on the Shingle Recycling website's "Find a Recycler" page. A link is in the Resources section.

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