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What green roofing material is best in New England? What is the cost & who has used it?

We have a 30 year old contemporary home with original asphalt shingles which we will need to replace. What happens to these shingles after they are taken off the roof? Are they recycled or do they head to the landfill? There seems to be pros and cons to all products out there. Has anyone used the rubber shingles which mimic slate?
Thank you for your input.

Asked by Maria Hars
Posted Apr 21, 2009 10:11 AM ET

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Maria,
1. Asphalt shingles can be recycled for a variety of uses, but there are few recycling facilities available. Most old asphalt shingles end up in a landfill.

2. To answer the question in your headline, the best green roofing material for New England is factory painted galvanized steel. It's affordable, durable, and recyclable.

Answered by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor
Posted Apr 21, 2009 12:19 PM ET

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