Tons of old roofing materials end up in a landfill each year. Fortunately, steps are being taken by roofing manufacturers and roofing contractors to reduce this waste. Asphalt shingles and other materials can be recycled and reused. The next time you replace your roof, ask your roofing contractor if they participate in a recycling program. Even if they say no, you can still reduce the impact of your roof replacement. Here are three ways you can reuse old roofing materials.
Asphalt Shingle Doormat
You can make reclaimed asphalt shingles into a homemade doormat. First, you’ll need to find all of the shingles you want to use for your project. You’ll need more shingles for a bigger mat. Next, you’ll need to flip the shingles so that the rough part is facing down, and then arrange the shingles in the shape that you want your mat to be. Hot glue the shingles together line by line. Wait for the glue to dry and then start painting your homemade door mat.
Clay Tile Art
There are a wide range of roof replacement options available on the market aside from asphalt shingles. We’ll discuss two of them. You can reuse Spanish clay tiles and turn them into an art piece you can display around your home. First, clean and rinse off the old clay tiles you want to use. Wait for it to dry and then apply a base layer/primer. Now you can paint the tile however you want and turn it into a canvas for your art.
Slate Tile Pots
Slate is a premium roofing material that you can reuse once it’s removed from your roof. First, you need to find four slate tiles that are about the same length and height. Stack them on top of each other and drill two holes in each side of the tile. The holes need to be an inch away from each other. Now get four rectangles of wood (1 x 3 inches) to use as a bolster in each corner of the pot. Drill holes in the wood in the same position as the holes in the slate tile. Screw all the pieces together and get another slate tile to act as the base.
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