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The next time you walk outside, take a moment to gaze up at your roof. What do you see? Do you see even shingles that are all laying flat? Or do you see shingles that are starting to curl and that are covered in moss? You can tell a lot about the condition of your roof just by looking at it. If you are at all concerned about the state of your roof, then your first call should be to a roofing contractor. They can evaluate the situation and recommend repairs or replacement as needed. Learn more about roofing and roofing contractors here on this website.


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Recycling Your Old Metal Roof

Lori Silva

People choose metal roofs for their water-proofing qualities and high energy efficiency. People also choose metal roofs due to their recyclability. Instead of adding old metal roof material to landfills, we can recycle the material to make new metal roofs, reducing the amount of material in our landfills and saving valuable resources. Learn more about recycling your old metal roof. 

How Much of a Metal Roof Can Be Recycled?

100% of your metal roofing can be recycled. Not a bit of the material needs to go into a landfill.

That doesn't necessarily mean that the metal roof is made from 100% recycled material, though. Certain metals use more recycled materials than others:

  • Copper - 35% made of recycled material
  • Galvanized steel - 35% made of recycled material
  • Aluminum - 95% of recycled material

How to Recycle Your Metal Roofing

In most cases, your contractor will recycle your metal roof for you. To do it yourself, you will need to pack the material into your car and drive it to a local recycling center. 

Do not mix your metal roofing with other recycled materials, such as paper or glass. Separate materials before you drop them off at the recycling center.

At the recycling center, employees will sort the material based on quality. Then, the material is compressed into a manageable size. At this point, the material turns to shreds before melting in the furnace. The melted material is prepared for shipping and then sent to manufacturers to be made into a new product.

Why Recycle Metal Roofs

There are a number of reasons to recycle your metal roofing material, including:

  • Keep material out of landfills
  • Make new roofing material cheaply
  • Use fewer fossil fuels
  • Earn money selling metal material

The Cost of a New Metal Roof

Depending on the state you live in, you may get paid for your scrap metal. You will be able to use this money toward your metal roof replacement. Metal roofs, while advantageous in many ways, cost more than most asphalt shingle roofs.

Metal roof prices vary based on material:

  • Zinc - $12 - $18 per square foot
  • Copper - $21 - $39.70 per square foot
  • Aluminum - $9 - $16.80 per square foot
  • Stainless steel - $20 - $26 per square foot

The cost of new metal roof installation is worth it thanks to the additional advantages they bring. Now, you only need to decide what type of metal you want to use.

For more information on a metal roof replacement, contact a professional near you.