Remodeling Your House To Make It Greener? What You Can Recycle In The Process
If you are looking to remodel your home to make it more green and environmentally friendly, there are many different steps that you can take to do so. While you may thinking about what you want to put into your home to make it more energy efficient and green like bamboo flooring, solar roofing and more, there are ways that you can make your whole remodeling project greener through recycling. Rather than just discarding the components of your home you wish to get rid of, get to know some of the things that you can actually recycle so you can be sure your remodeling project is as green and eco-friendly as possible.
Metal Beams and Other Metal Objects
Metal is one of the most easily recyclable construction materials in existence. Metals like steel do not break down or lose any of their strength or luster through recycling. There are no functional or aesthetic differences between recycled steel and so-called "new" steel.
However, metals other than steel like copper, silver, nickel, and more can also be recycled when you are remodeling your home. Be sure that you set metal aside from other recyclable materials so that the metals can go to a recycling plant that does scrap metal processing.
Oftentimes, when a person decides to remodel their house to make it greener, they choose to remove asphalt shingles (a petroleum product) and replace them with more environmentally friendly options like solar panels, rubber roofing, or even metal roofing. However, by simply discarding the asphalt shingles in the trash, that person may be somewhat negating the positive environmental impact they are having.
Asphalt shingles can also be recycled when you remove them from your house. You just have to be sure to find a recycling company that will take them because it is a specialized form of recycling that requires expertise and special equipment. Have a rolling dumpster set aside that is only for use with your shingles. You will need to be sure that all other attached roofing materials including the roofing nails are separated from the shingles. Once you have your old roof removed and the components sorted out, you can immediately have your old shingles hauled away from the construction site at your home for recycling.
When you are remodeling your home with the environmental impact of your home in mind, you can improve that environmental impact by making sure to recycle as many of the components of your home that you remove as possible.