Many homeowners interested in using alternative roofing materials may feel that these premium materials are out of their budget or may require too much maintenance. These recycled shingles come with many benefits. Some manufacturers produce shingles from recycled or waste materials, which makes the material environmentally friendly. Depending on what waste products were used, the shingles can give the appearance of other types of roofing materials such as cedar wood or slate. Because it can be difficult for homeowners to determine what type of alternative roofing materials may work best for their home, a Bergen County roofing professional may be able to help.
Some manufacturers make shingles from old rubber tiles that are liquefied and poured into molds, which gives them the same appearance as traditional asphalt shingles. The benefits of this type are that the shingles are more flexible and can be cheaper. Additionally, rubber shingles often come with a lifespan of about 30 years, though some manufacturers offer a warranty that covers 50 years. These shingles also can come in a variety of colors and styles that can enhance any home's appearance.
Some roof shingles are made from recycled plastics and cellulose or wood fiber. These particular recycled shingles are designed to look like cedar shakes without the use of old growth cedar trees.
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They are essentially maintenance free as moss does not grow as easily and they do not need preservatives like cedar shakes do. They can also last for several decades. Because they are lightweight, they will not cause the roof deck to sag over time. The only downside is these particular types of recycled shingles can be more expensive than traditional shingles but may be cheaper than cedar shakes.
Finally, some metal shingles are made out of old aluminum. When used correctly, they also can resemble wood shingles or slate tiles. Like shingles made from plastics and fiber, these are durable and lightweight. They come in a wide range of colors and styles that can work for most homes.
Choosing to have alternative roofing materials installed can be a major decision. Homeowners should always discuss the main advantages and disadvantages with their local trusted roofer to ensure that they are making the right decision for their home. If they choose to go with recycled shingles, they can rest easy knowing that they are doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint and keep usable waste out of the landfills.