GAF Tackles Asphalt Waste

Jul 5, 2021Asphalt Shingle, Blog, GAF

In our world today, it’s imperative for companies to be conscious of how they conduct their business. Companies are taking steps in every industry to reduce the waste they create so we can leave a better future behind for generations ahead.

The roofing industry is one such industry. Roofers encourage homeowners to invest in environmentally friendly roofing materials like metal, solar shingles, and green roofing options.

For years, asphalt shingle roofing was notorious for being the least environmentally friendly roofing material. Asphalt is a byproduct of crude oil which makes it a non-renewable resource. On top of that, the roofing material also has one of the shortest lifespans compared to materials like metal, tile, and slate.

Once asphalt shingle roofing systems have reached the end of their lifespans, they are usually torn off and sent straight to a landfill. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 13 million tons of asphalt waste is produced every year by the roofing industry.

The paving and road construction industry is actively doing its part to reduce pollution by recycling 10% of the 13 million tons of asphalt waste produced each year.

However, that still leaves about 12 million tons of waste making its way to landfills. And due to its engineering, this asphalt waste takes about 300 years to decompose.

Recognizing the significant asphalt shingle waste issue and their responsibility as leading asphalt shingle manufacturer, GAF has attempted to correct their wasteful ways by producing America’s first asphalt shingle roofing material using Recycled Asphalt Shingles (RAS).

GAF’s recycling process involves grinding down old, torn-off asphalt shingles into a more refined RAS material. Once this is achieved, the RAS is then introduced into their manufacturing process.

After the GAF RAS material was successfully tested, 90% of waste materials were reclaimed, and a roofing shingle made up of 15% recycled asphalt emerged. It has been certified as safe by UL – a global leader in safety science.

The new GAF RAS aims to reduce the amount of virgin asphalt produced and used in the roofing industry and thus reduce the amount of waste produced by the roofing industry.

While this is still a pilot project, GAF is committed to creating a sustainable circular economy. They are currently developing an innovative shingle containing higher RAS percentages without compromising the quality and standard of GAF roofing materials.

For information on asphalt roofing systems, GAF roofing materials, or roofing in general, give Infiniti Roofing & Remodeling a call today!

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