Metals begin as simple rocks, and the process of smelting metals from these raw materials consumes heaps of energy. Fortunately, almost all metals can be recycled! From a simple soda can to an entire aluminium roof, scrap metal can take many forms and be turned to an endless array of new products. If you’re planning a roof replacement in Auckland, you may want to consider recycling your used roofing. It’s good for the environment and can even be great for your pockets. Here’s what you need to know about recycling your roofing materials.
There are two types of recyclable metals: ferrous and non-ferrous. The easiest way to determine whether you have ferrous or non-ferrous metal is with a magnet. If the magnet sticks to your metal, it’s ferrous. If it doesn’t stick to your metal, it’s non-ferrous.
Determining the type of metal is vital when determining its value, though you can be more specific by consulting the London Metal Exchange. Ferrous metals such as stainless steel and cast iron aren’t worth as much but are often found in larger quantities. Alternatively, non-ferrous metals such as copper, aluminium, brass, and bronze are more valuable.
Our aluminium metal roofs are made up of 99% recycled content. Recycling aluminium can save up to 4.9 billion litres of gasoline every year. Similarly, steel roofs also give back to the environment.
The metal recycling process starts with:
Most metal roofs are comprised of anywhere from 25-90% recycled materials. When removed, metal roofs are 100% recyclable, so new roofing solutionsare an opportunity to recycle your used roofing for a good cause. The primary benefits of recycling your roofing materials are:
Re-roofing jobs account for millions of tons of roofing waste, which is why it’s so important to effectively manage roof waste. At Roof Auckland, we’re dedicated to efficient processes and recycled materials. If you need a roof replacement, we can save you money by taking advantage of recycled materials and helping you recycle your old roofing! Our sustainable roofing systems like Colorsteel can be installed within just four days. For quality roofing in Auckland, call us today!