Certified Green Roofers Program – What is It? Should I Care?

When searching for a roofing contractor, there are many things to consider besides price and availability. Professionalism and certifications are the perfect examples. These will help you determine if the company you’re researching will be aligned with your values and practices as a homeowner.

Some of these certifications are determined by the state. Through Minnesota, roofing companies are required to be part of the Certified Green Roofers program. So what is it and what does it mean for me?

In 2010, GAF, one of North America’s largest roofing manufacturers, launched its Certified Green Roofers Program to provide a consistent, easy way for roofing companies to track their sustainability efforts and recycle shingles. 

Les Jones is proud to be a part of the Certified Green Roofers program. It’s just one more way that we are able to show our commitment to our community and environment.

To be certified, Les Jones completed an online education course, a sustainability assessment, and a plan to recycle asphalt shingles. These are practices we take seriously, and apply to each job we do for our clients.

Where do these shingles go, and why does it matter?

By participating in a shingle recycling program, we are able to lower the 11 million tons of shingle waste generated in the US, remove the contaminants, and ground them to a specific size to use the recycled asphalt for:

  • Paving materials for roads and highways
  • Patching material on roads, ramps, bridges, parking lots, and sidewalks
  • Ground cover
  • New asphalt shingles for roofing purposes
  • Source for fuel oil
  • Material to control dust and erosion at construction sites. 

By working with a Certified Green Roofer, like Les Jones, you can feel rest assured that you are doing your part to ensure that your roofing materials are being disposed of and recycled with the best environmental business practices in mind. And maybe the next time you see some road repair work –  perhaps it is your old roof that is helping to make it happen.

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