Are Recycled Shingles Worth It?

Posted on: 18 May 2015

If you're looking at putting a new roof on your home, you may be wondering how well green roofing materials perform. One of the best green roofing options is recycled rubber shingles. So, what makes them a great option?

They're Sturdy

Due to the quality of rubber, these shingles are able to reflect water and sunlight easily, increasing the lifespan of your roof. Many recycled shingles come with a 50-year guarantee, which is about twice the length of a standard asphalt shingle.

Due to the fact rubber is naturally weather resistant, roofs shingled with recycled shingles often see fewer leaks than the asphalt or wood options.

They Look Great

Recycled rubber shingles are able to take on the look and texture of other roofing materials, such as slate tile or cedar shakes. Usually, the panels come in three-foot wide sections, making them able to mimic the look of asphalt shingles as well.

Recycled rubber shingles also come in a host of neutral colors, such as black, shades of gray and brown. These colors are a great way to ground your home's color palette. 

They're Green Friendly

Before recycled rubber shingles, car tires filled landfills to the tune of around 290 million. Not only did they fill our landfills, but they gave a place for numerous pests to breed like mosquitoes or rodents.

Traditional shingles are made out of an asphalt material. While asphalt shingles are the least expensive shingle option, their production leads to a high amount of carbon emissions being produced. 

In contrast, recycled shingles are produced from leftover tires. The actual composition may vary by brand, but many recycled shingles are made with up to 75 percent recycled materials. Though some brands tote an awesome 100 percent. The remaining percentage is composed of the materials needed to hold the shingle together. The high amount of recycled material leads to far less carbon emission, making these shingles an excellent choice if you're environmentally conscious.

They're Low Maintenance

Compared with longer lasting options like slate tiles, recycled rubber shingles are virtually maintenance free with no need to frequently replace tiles. They're also easier to install than slate tiles, as slate tiles require a structure that can withstand the weight of a heavier roof.

If you choose to go with recycled rubber shingles, know that they're affordable, and can fit into your home's aesthetic without too much fuss. Having these shingles installed professionally makes roofing a breeze, and you can rest easy knowing you're helping the environment at the same time. Contact your local roofing services company today to talk about your options.