How To Make Use Of Your Old Roofing Shingles

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Why throw out your old roofing shingles when there are many ways you can reuse them? Sure, you might already have a dumpster on site for all of the other scrap materials and garbage from your roof replacement, but it would not hurt to sit the shingles into a different pile so that they can be reused. Take a moment to review some of the following ideas that would make use of old shingles.

Bird Houses

Whether you are building your own bird house from scratch or refinishing a plain wooden one bought from a craft store, you can use some of your old roofing shingles. Use a couple of them to add a nice texture and look to the birdhouse roof. Of course, depending on the size of the birdhouse that you are working on, a single shingle might cover the entire roof. You can use large pieces or take a few moments to cut your shingles down to size. This way, you will find that you are able to layer the pieces of shingle to give it a more realistic look. If your little bird house has a porch on it, you could even use the shingles on the porch floor to give the birds a little more traction when walking around.

Garden Mulch

If you take your old roofing shingles and throw them into a wood chipper, you will have a nice mulch for your flower garden. Depending on how much mulch you end up with, you could bag some up and save it for the next time you need to add more mulch to your garden. Just make sure that the bag is sealed tightly so that moisture will not get into it. You might even end up with enough left over to share with friends and family. 

Shed Roof

Whether you are building a new shed for your backyard or you already have one that simply needs a little improvement, you can use your old roofing shingles for that. After all, sheds are not cheap to build, and you would not want the building materials to become damaged from rain water soaking into them. Simply add roofing paper and your old roofing shingles. Sure, they might not be brand new, but they will work for your little backyard shed.

As you can imagine, if you put your mind to it, there is a lot that you are going to be able to do with the roofing shingles. This way, you are not wasting all of that material and are getting a lot done around the house. For more information, contact a business such as Slaughter Roofing Co.

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