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Friday, May 26, 2017

How to Recycle Your Shingles for the Roads

Thanks to my stellar reputation of having worked extensively on promotion of asphalt shingle recycling, I often have a number of people asking me what exactly recycled shingles can be used for. And today, I've decided to explain.

Believe it or not, the ingredients that make up asphalt shingles for roofing in Columbia SC are the same as that of a highway pavement. Furthermore, once broken down, these shingles are actually quite an effective addition for paving roads. As a matter of fact, it is quite commonplace to use recycled asphalt shingles in state and municipal highway paving projects, especially after its proved capacity to serve a long, useful life on roofs. Recycled asphalt shingles, which are generally used at 5% by weight (and more for sub-base layers), can in fact help reduce costs involved in paving projects, in addition to giving other performance benefits.

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With the sudden drop of prices in crude oil having reduced the prices of virgin asphalt, however, using recycled asphalt shingles for municipal paving hold much less of an allure. In turn this has led to a drop on the demand side as well. On the other hand, residential paving businesses still have a large, though seemingly untapped, potential outlet for them. Perhaps one of the best places where one can use recycled shingles would be a driveway, since it does not face the load and the usage challenges that a highway does.

In order to verify this fact, I got my own driveway paved using a blend that included recycled asphalt shingles from roof replacement SC. As expected with any up-and-coming market, this was no easy task, and had me making plenty of calls and drawing upon the extensive network that I had made over a course of time spent in the promotion of recycling asphalt shingles.

Finally, though, I did achieve my aim, and I have to say that it was quite the successful project. The blend used on my driveway contained 20%, which is way higher than the standard 5% that is used on highways. Safely said, the venture was successful, so much so that the paving company which I had hired now actually prefers to use the blend containing shingles due to its cost-effectiveness and fast setting time, which helps them finish their job quickly yet effectively. Plus, there was no visible difference.

Needless to say, recycling asphalt shingles is easy on both the economy as well as the environment. What's more interesting are the endless possibilities for recycled materials to be used in everyday industry and across the globe for a better, cleaner future. Maybe the next time you're getting roofing repairs or replacement, you could use your old shingles to refinish or extend your driveway!