You just got your roof repaired, and you have a pile of leftover shingles. You could take them to the dump, but my guess is that the landfills have enough shingles already.
You could recycle them. If you live in Texas you can recycle your shingles. Visit shinglerecycling.org for more information.
Instead of getting rid of them, here’s a list of 9 planet-saving and creative ways you can use those leftover roof shingles.
What you do with them depends on what kind of material your roof shingles are made of. One of the most common roofing is made of asphalt, so let’s start there.
Asphalt Roof Shingles
1. In The Garden
Spring is just around the corner. As the weather gets warmer, you may be thinking about new ways to spruce up your garden. You might love the idea of planting flowers but dread hurting your back and knees as you pull weeds every weekend.
Some of that leftover roofing can be used in the garden to prevent weed growth.
Lay down asphalt shingles, then cover them with some matching mulch, and you’re all set for a garden full of beautiful flowers and shrubs only. Also, leave the shingles whole so they’re easier to replace after each gardening season.
2. On the Garden Path
While you’re out back, you can cover a garden path with shingles. If the shingles are unsightly, add some homemade stepping stones to the path. There are some unique and artistic garden paths made from roof shingles on Pinterest that you might want to take a look at for inspiration.
You can also use the asphalt shingles to prepare the ground for other pathway materials or to designate an area for an outdoor structure like a bench or gazebo.
3. As a Winter Walkway
When the winter sets in and your walkway gets icy, you could sprinkle it with sand or salt to prevent slipping, but that can get costly and time-consuming.
Instead, why not lay down roof shingles? They’ll prevent slipping, and they don’t need to be reapplied after each snowfall. This is especially a good idea outside businesses.
If you have a lot of leftover shingles, you could also use them on the driveway to give it a new appearance, which will save you a ton of money.
4. As a Doormat
Glue several shingles together, shellac, and then paint it to make a doormat. It’s a great way to express your family’s or your business’s style and creativity. Finish it off with your family’s or company’s name, or write the word “Welcome”.
Make several doormats and use them for business advertising, or give them as gifts for the holidays. Speaking of, you could make a different doormat for each holiday or season.
Clay, Terracotta or Wood Roof Shingles
5. For Garden Edging and Raised beds
If you have clay, terracotta or wood shingles, they make beautiful garden edging. This can add a homey touch outside your place of business too.
You can even create a raised bed for a vegetable garden. Raised beds are great if the soil has a lot of clay or toxins, and it’s easy to add nutrients. They also are better if you have back problems. It’s also easier to designate a space for gardening in a raised bed.
If you’re especially creative, they can be glued together for outdoor planters.
6. For Art Projects
Clay tiles can be painted and made into sconces, wind chimes, or layered to make decorative fences. Pieces of broken tiles can be used for material in your stepping stones.
Wood tiles can be used in place of canvas for art or can be used as a sink backsplash. They have a fantastic rustic quality that’s very shabby chic. You can piece wood shingles together to make a mural, fence, table or bench.
Depending on your style, art projects made from clay, wood, or terracotta can add a very personal touch.
Roof Shingles of Any Material
7. Use Roof Shingles for Small Outdoor Projects
If you have a shed, dog house, chicken coop, gazebo, treehouse or even a birdhouse, your leftover roof shingles of any material could certainly be used for these.
Make sure to use the shingles that are in good condition. You don’t want to have to replace those too often. Your dog and your chickens will thank you, especially during the rainy season.
8. Sell or Give Them Away
Sometimes people want to do the above-listed projects and they’re short on shingles. If it’s for a small building, like a shed, treehouse or dog house, the color really doesn’t matter, and many people are looking for ways to not have to pay retail when they just need a small amount.
Selling them on Craigslist is an easy way to get rid of leftover shingles and make some extra cash.
If you’re the generous type, and I’m sure you are, you can donate your leftover roof shingles to Habitat for Humanity. Even if they can’t use them on a project, many of them have stores where they sell donated items.
You can also give them to a place of worship or any other nonprofit that may be in need of materials for a roof repair.
9. Save Some for Repairs
It’s always a good idea to save a bundle just in case. You’re going to have a hard time matching the style or color if after 5 or 10 years you need to replace a few tiles here or there.
A winter storm or heavy rain can damage even the best roofing job, so it’s a good idea to be prepared and have some extra shingles on hand.
Just be sure to store the leftover roofing in a place where its protected from moisture and extreme temperature.
As you can see, there are a lot of creative ways to use and re-use your leftover roof shingles. You’ll save money on each and every project, you’ll add a new aesthetic to your home or business, you’ll express your inner artist, and you’ll be helping to save the environment by not filling up the landfills.