Joe Dennes, Vice President, Residential R&D, GAF
More than 75 percent of households in the United States are covered by asphalt shingle roofs. At the end of a roof’s lifespan, these shingles are increasingly ending up in landfills as other recycling options, such as repurposing old shingles into pavement for roads, have been on a steady decline. Each year, 13 million tons of asphalt roofing shingles end up in landfills. Only about 10 percent of that waste gets recycled for use in paving and other projects.
States and cities across the country are turning shingles away from landfill but what can contractors do when roofs need to be replaced?
GAF, a Standard Industries company and the largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer in North America, has pioneered a solution. Following more than a decade of research and development, the company has introduced a newly patented process that allows about 90 percent of waste shingle material that it collects to be reclaimed and reused in the manufacture of new shingles. Through this process, GAF has successfully manufactured new shingles containing recycled material which have been UL-certified for their safety and effectiveness. The shingles show performance that is identical to standard GAF shingles in every aspect. Read more.