Most of us are trying to reduce our carbon footprint through investing in recycled materials wherever we can, from recycled food packaging to recycled lawn furniture. Luckily, the world has realized that we need to keep plastics and other materials that can be repurposed out of landfills, so if you are looking for a certain product, odds are, you will be able to find one that is made of at least some portion of recycled materials.

Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters is dedicated to doing our part to helping this planet be sustainable. We invest in recycled roofing materials for new residential and commercial roof installations, and we recycle old roofing materials as well. We also look for other important roofing materials, such as roofing substrates and flashing, that is made from recycled materials as well. Below, we’ll take a look at some benefits of using recycled roofing materials. Give us a call for your next roof repair or roof replacement today!

Saves on Landfill Waste

The vast majority of old shingles in the United States end up in landfills. This is mainly due to the fact that when you rip shingles off roofs, nails and other materials come along with it, and the cost to pull all of these nails out and the other debris drastically increases the price of new shingles for the consumer. However, with newer technology, companies are cropping up that can recycle shingles. Nails are now pulled out by strong magnets, making the process much faster and cost effective. Asphalt shingles are commonly recycled back into asphalt and used in pavement and for aggregate materials. However, new technology exists that can make recycled shingles from old shingles, which is growing increasingly popular. Rocky Mountain Roofers fully supports the recycling process and recycles our shingles to keep them out of landfills. Call today to learn more!

Saves Natural Resources

Anytime you throw something away, it is waste that will be buried forever. That means, if you want a new one of that same item, you have to make one, so you’ll need new materials to make that object from.

Roofs are made from all different kinds of materials, from metal roofs and asphalt shingle roofs to stone roofs and tile roofs. All of these roofing materials are made from some natural resource taken from the earth, or they are made by a process fueled by a natural resource. Thus, when you have new products made, you have to source the materials and go through the entire manufacturing process.

However, with recycled materials, there is still some processing involved but not as much, and in general, it takes far less energy to recycle than to create new. With roofing materials, you can recycle a metal roof into another metal roof, saving a lot of cost and waste, which further reduces your carbon footprint. Call today for details!

Saves Money

Recycling your old shingles saves everyone money all-around. For residential and commercial roofers, you’ll save money on the disposal cost (after all, dumping trash at a landfill has a cost, usually by weight). The landfill saves money in labor costs from not having to dig a hole and bury the shingles. For the town, recycled asphalt that goes into roads saves the taxpayers dollars and helps to fill those pesky potholes. Consumers save money since the cost of recycled shingles can be lower because the cost of sourcing the materials and manufacturing them are lower. The local roofing company, such as Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters, saves money on the roofing materials as well, which is passed on to the consumer. This cost-savings ripple throughout the economy and the world.

Shingles, felt, nails, underlayment made from asphaltic materials, and flashing can all be recycled. Admittedly, it can be hard to find someone who will do the job, but it is now available in all 50 states. All it costs is a little bit of extra work when you remove shingles to separate them from surrounding materials, but the nails can be left in. In fact, for commercial buildings, if you use recycled roofing in your building, it counts towards your LEED® rating as long as the roofing material is made from over 50% of recycled materials.

Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters offers the best residential and commercial roofing services in Northern Colorado. We boast a professional, friendly staff who are highly trained, efficient, and detail-oriented so your roof installation is done right. If you have hail damage, we offer free roof inspections and will work with your insurance company on your claim so that it will be covered. We can also replace your gutters, which can wear our as well, and they can suffer storm damage. Gutters are also more susceptible to wind damage, being naturally lighter. We also offer skylight installation so your home or office can shine bright.

At Rocky Mountain Roofers & Gutters, our customers come first. We want to make sure you are 100% satisfied with your residential or commercial roofing installation, repair, maintenance, or inspection. As a family-owned and operated business, we operate with the highest standards, values, and integrity. Our mission is to give you a roof that will not only protect you from the storms in your life, but will add value, aesthetics, and peace of mind. If you live in Loveland, Fort Collins, Longmont, or the surrounding areas, call us today to get started!