Ever wonder where your old asphalt roofing shingles go? ASAP ROOFING does.
Although Federal law does prohibit recycling of asbestos-containing shingles, the vast majority of tests conducted on asphalt shingles have found no asbestos. Now, some types of other asphalt roofing products, such as roll roofing, adhesives, paints or waterproofing compounds may contain asbestos.
But even with the asbestos concerns, there are many reasons to recycle asphalt shingles, and recent state sponsored field and laboratory studies have demonstrated several benefits of using recycled asphalt shingles in road grade, including:
- Increased stiffness of the asphalt
- Decreased cracking
- No effect on moisture sensitivity
- Decreased susceptibility to rutting
- Decreased optimum content of virgin asphalt cement.
Beside the increased road quality, there is an economic argument to be made for recycled asphalt shingles. In January 1997, the National Asphalt Pavement Association published a special report, Use of Waste Asphalt Shingles in Hot-Mix Asphalt: State-of-the-Practice. The report concluded that cost savings using 5 percent shingle byproduct in hot-mix asphalt range from between $1 per ton to $2.80 per ton.
Given the benefits of recycling asphalt shingles, 3R Roofing and WorkLife Consulting received support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Boulder County, and Asphalt Specialties Company, Inc., to launch the Roofs to Roads project in February of 2009. At that time, Roofs to Roads received a grant from the State of Colorado to initiate the program, however, funding ended as of January 2010. What began as a pilot program continues on today, if unsupported by the state. The program offers training for contractors, free asbestos testing, and a vehicle for roofing companies to meet LEED sustainability requirements and earn LEED points.
Certainly, ASAP ROOFING hopes to see state funding for Roofs to Roads in the future, but at present, regularly encourages customers to voice your support for asphalt shingle recycling, through contacting one of the following Colorado regulators:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Hazardous Materials and Waste Management Division
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
EPA Regional Asbestos Contacts:
EPA Region 8 Contacts:
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-1129
Mail Code: 8ENF-T
Mail Code: 8ENF-T
As always, ASAP ROOFING is here to help you find the most sustainable and environmentally sound ways of restoring your roof. For more information, just visit www.asaproofing.com
Written by Nick Dorotik
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