Are Roofing Shingles Hazardous Waste?

As leading providers of Denver roofing services, this is a question we are asked from time to time. With more and more focus being placed on the importance of environmental safety in recent years, it is important for all of us to do our part to understand our carbon footprint and avoid hazardous dumping. If you are in need of a new roof and are interested in determining if your worn shingles are potentially hazardous, it is best to speak with a Denver roofing specialist to make that determination.

commercial roofing services eliteShingles & Asbestos

Once a commonly used building material, asbestos has been linked to a wide variety of respiratory diseases. Though it is no longer in use today, many homes and building still contain asbestos. In fact, asbestos shingles were the first building product containing the material to be introduced in the United States in the late 19th century. It was not until the 1980’s that asbestos shingles were no longer used in construction. Because the average lifespan of a shingle roof is 20-30 years, it is very uncommon to find asbestos roofing shingles in the United States today. If you have suspicions, an experienced Denver roofing company can help you determine if your roof singles likely contain asbestos.

If we determine that your roof does contain asbestos, there are certain measures that can be taken to safely remove and dispose of contaminated materials.

Shingles & Hazardous Waste

While there are some acceptations, most roofing products are not classified as hazardous waste. Some state and local municipalities are working with roofing companies to offer recycling programs to save space in landfills. In fact, some leading-edge companies are recycling roofing shingles for use as highway and road underlayments.

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At Elite Roofing & Solar we are proud to be a family owned and operated company. We work to protect the communities we serve which always includes responsible disposal of building products. If you would like to learn more about the roofing materials you currently have, to determine how to responsibly dispose of them, we encourage you to contact us! Allow one of our Denver roofing specialists to complete a complimentary, no-obligation roof inspection. Not only will we help you determine the type of material your roof currently contains, we will help you determine if a repair or a complete replacement is in order. Allow us to help you find the most economical and environmentally friendly Denver roofing solution for your needs!

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