First-of-its-kind recycled roof installed on East Tampa home
Without much fanfare or attention, workers last month installed a first-of-its-kind roof on an East Tampa home that could dramatically change the roofing industry and keep tons of shingles out of the nation's landfills.
Why it matters: Some 12 million tons of asphalt shingles end up in landfills each year, and they take 300 years to break down.
Driving the news: Standard Industries' GAF, North America's largest roofing and waterproofing manufacturer, installed its first recycled shingle roof on the home of a Tampa veteran in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Hillsborough County. It plans to re-roof 500 homes with a variety of non-profit partners this year.
- They'll make the shingles commercially available as well, priced the same as regular shingles.
Details: GAF's CEO Jim Schnepper tells us that the company has been working for years on reducing landfill waste and has finally developed a way to make shingles using 15% recycled material.
- The shingles weathered a rigorous battery of tests, such as for heat and wind resistance, proving that the recycled product holds up.
- "We'll hopefully be able to really lead the way with this," Schnepper said.
How it works: Old shingles are sorted, ground into powder and turned into briquettes at a facility in New York. Then that material is combined with new asphalt at GAF's Tampa factory to make new shingles.
- The shingle waste from just one roof can be used to produce enough recycled shingles for about 12 new roofs.
The goal: To divert 1 million tons of shingles from landfills by 2030.
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