11 Suggestions for Re-Using Wood Shingles

September 8, 2011 View all articles in Re-Use-It

As with any construction or home-improvement project, replacing your roofing yields excess or leftover building materials. But what exactly are you supposed to do with those materials? Don't just throw them in the dumpster! Cut the amount of resources taken from the earth each year by putting them to further use in one or several of the following ways.

The best thing to do with old wood shingles is to donate them to organizations like Habitat for Humanity, or to local church groups who supply building materials for disaster relief.

The National Geographic website recommends contacting your local building or sold waste authority to see if your community offers wood recycling. If such a service is not available, contact your local builder's association or building authority for a list of independent recycling contractors.

GreenYour.com recommends hooking up with the ReUse People who will donate wood shingles to low-income families in Mexico.

Visit Earth 911 for a directory of companies and recycling facilities in your area that accept wood shingles.

Take your old wood shingles to a garden center where they can make them into mulch or bedding for animals.

To make sure leftover wood shingles from your latest roofing project don't end up in the dump, try using them for grilling fish, meats, and vegetables over. Fragrant, untreated wood shingles – cedar, alder, hickory, or maple – will add a distinct, smoky flavor to your meal. To make your own shingle grill, follow these instructions from the All Recipes website:

  • Soak the shingle in water for at least an hour in order to add moisture and prevent burning.
  • To accent wood aromas, add a tablespoon of salt, white wine, apple juice, citrus, or berry juice to the water.
  • Season the shingle by placing it on a preheated grill for 2 minutes, and then turn it over once to lightly toast both sides. This will intensify the smoky flavor and prevent warping. You'll know it's ready when you hear it start crackling.
  • Place your ready-to-cook foods directly on the shingle, keeping the grill's lid closed as much as possible.
  • If the shingle starts to burn, spray it with water.
  • After grilling, rinse the shingle with soap and water and let it dry.
  • You can reuse the shingle about two or three times.
  • You can also crumble up the charred shingle over coals and use them as smoking chips!

Copy C.S. Alexis and use leftover shingles to make creative and festive holiday decorations.

Use old or new wood shingles to make corners and edging for your garden vegetables or flowers. Or connect several and make a garden pathway for walking on.

Together with a hammer and some nails, turn those old wood shingles into furniture, toys, or shelving.

If you have a lot of leftover wood shingles, consider selling or donating them on Salvo, Craigslist, or Freecycle.

Save untreated wood shingles for fireplace kindling. Yeah, it's a no-brainer, but it's still reusing.

If you are replacing your roof take a look at the roofing materials options you have available.

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