Asked on Jan 1, 2012

I am trying to think of a productive use for discarded shingles.Hate to pay landfill for my own shingle waste .Any ideas

Mary TinsleyRobin LenzMarla


12 answers
  • Mike and Anne
    on Jan 1, 2012

    You could use them for dog houses or bird houses to sell at Flea Markets. There seems to be a trend for homeowners to have such decorations to match their homes!

  • That reminds me. We were a bit younger and did a trip to VT skiing with wife and another couple. The building we were in was still under construction but still had rental and they all had fireplaces. Being the macho guys we were. We decided to start a fire in the new fireplace to impress our ladies. Guess what we used. The shingles they used to sheath the building with. Well little did we know, until the fire department showed up that these shingles were treated with a chemical to prevent them from burning and the byproduct was smoke, lots and lots of smoke. Add to that the majority of the chimney which was very cold metal was located in still unheated units as it went to the roof. It had no draft at all. So as soon as the fire began the rooms filled with smoke. It set off all the alarms in the building. It started out as a great day anyway. So if your shingles are treated with any fire resistant coating, I do not suggest giving them to someone who needs kindling to start a fire.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jan 1, 2012

    You might want to see if there is a Freecycle group near you. It is a place you give away things you don't want but other people need/want. The link below is for North Carolina. I don't know where your city is located.

  • 3po3
    on Jan 2, 2012

    Asphalt shingles can be recycled into road paving asphalt. There is a site with a directory of asphalt shingle recyclers. Here are your North Carolina listings. Hope you can find a good use for them:

  • thanx steve. Found a plant 10 miles away . Will save alot of moolah

  • 3po3
    on Jan 3, 2012

    That's great. Glad I could help some shingles get recycled. Cheers.

  • Linda
    on Feb 21, 2015

    I use my left over shingles for "pathways... You just lay them on the ground, overlapping as you go... They keep the weeds from growing up, and it is non slip. You can even use a scooter chair on it, if you level it right. And is so easy to just keep adding to, as you get more shingles. Mine has been down, probably over 10 years, and is still there, just waiting for me to take a stroll around my huge property, through the brush, and azaleas, and can be lighted for a safe and stable midnight stroll.... Such a GREAT find!!

  • Don
    on Jul 23, 2015

    ...maybe a Craigslist Free item?

  • Brenda Turnquest
    on Jul 23, 2015

    They work well as "landscape fabric".

  • Marla
    on Aug 3, 2015

    I layered them all around a tool shed and made sure to have an extra wide area of overlapping shingles in front of the door. No weed eating around the building and we can mow right up to (and over) the edge of the shingles.

  • Robin Lenz
    on Feb 22, 2016

    If you use them in an area you don't want weeds to come up they work great! My parents and I made a walk way through a garden we put down the shingles then a flage stone then posting soil around flage stone planted a thyme ground cover in posting soil looked beautiful for years with no weeds

  • Mary Tinsley
    on May 8, 2016

    We used shingles on handicap ramps

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