Repairing and replacing your old roof with a new one is one big task. You need to plan for the whole process, starting from the removal of the damaged tiles to choosing a new look for your roof. One thing that many homeowners forget, though, is proper roof waste disposal.

Whether you’re searching for a cost-effective disposal solution or simply wondering what your options are, this blog can help. We guide you with the following tips to prepare for your project and how you can properly and efficiently dispose of roofing waste with a skip bin.


Know What You’re Getting Rid Of

Before you choose the method of disposal, you should first know what type of roofing tiles or shingles you have. Some of the most common are:

  • Asphalt shingles
  • Wood shingles
  • Slate shingles
  • Concrete tiles
  • Clay tiles
  • Terracotta tiles

After tearing down the roof, you may also have to dispose of other materials, including wood, roofing gravel, trim, flashing, and underlayment.


Consider Donating, Recycling, or Repurposing the Tiles

Concrete tiles are commonly used in Australian homes because they can last for decades. However, they can get damaged beyond repair, which means it is time for you to replace the tiles with new ones. Rather than adding your roof tiles to your local landfill, you can choose from these alternative solutions:

  • Donate: Some organisations will accept reusable tiles and shingles. You can look them up online and trade the construction materials with other people, including low-income families.
  • Recycle: Concrete, clay, and other materials persist for many years – even centuries – in landfills, depending on their size, thickness, composition, and other factors. Because they are non-biodegradable (meaning they do not break down naturally over time), it is not advised that you throw them in landfills. Instead, it’s helpful for the environment if you recycle them. You can find recycling centres that accept shingles and tiles. Some of them may even pay you for dropping the materials off.
  • Repurpose: Some individuals and companies buy old tiles and shingles to repurpose them into stair grips, paving, wall decorations, tabletops, and garden edges.

Not all roofing tiles can be donated, recycled, or repurposed, though. If you have no other choice, one thing you can do is dispose of the materials.


Haul Off the Roof Tiles Yourself

You need a truck and manpower if you choose to haul away your roof tiles to a local landfill. Note that this is a labour-intensive option and may involve hefty disposal fees. Depending on the landfill, the expenses may increase with every trip. If you have lots of tiles to remove from your home, there may be better solutions than disposing of them in a landfill.

On average, roof tiles are heavy regardless of whether they are made from concrete or fired clay. Considering the weight issues, a skip bin provides an easy way of filling and disposing of these roof tiles.


The Easiest Way to Removing Roofing Material Waste

Save time, money, effort, and headache by making roofing tiles disposal easier. Here’s a neat trick: hire a skip bin. Skips offer plenty of benefits for your roof repair or replacement project, including the following:

  • You can keep the skip bin onsite for up to seven days. At Backyard Bins, you can even extend the rental period without extra fees. All you need to do is to contact us ahead of time to let us know about the schedule change.
  • The skip bin hiring rate, which is provided upfront, is affordable and all-inclusive.
  • Whether you DIY your roof replacement or hire a contractor, you will find it easy to work with the skip bin. Just collect, dump, and forget.
  • By hiring a skip, you get a guaranteed schedule when it comes to the disposal of your roof tiles and perhaps other roofing materials, as well.

Before you get excited and hire a skip, there are a few things you need to consider. First, skips are best suited for disposing of a large number of roofing tiles. If you only have a few tiles to remove from your property, this option may not be worth the expense.

Additionally, there are a variety of skip bin sizes available. Both too-big and too-small skips will cost you more than necessary. You can save money if you know the correct size for your project. The size will depend on certain factors, including:

  • The type of your roofing project
  • The number of tiles you will discard
  • The total volume and weight of roofing waste

Typically, you will require a bigger skip bin for replacements compared to fixing a portion of your roofing. Think about the weight, as well. Roofing tiles are not incredibly heavy. However, they can take up considerable space in the skip. Here’s a rough guide on the amount of waste generated for a standard roofing replacement:

  • 2-6 tons of waste for concrete tiles
  • 4-10 tons of waste for terracotta roof tiles
  • 1.5 to 2.5 tons of waste for asphalt shingles
  • 1 to 1.5 tons of waste for metal roofs

But what’s the suitable skip bin size for your roofing project? It helps to know the number of tiles to dispose of, the total work area, and the tile depth. In most cases, a 7-cubic-metre skip bin can accommodate roofing waste. If you have a larger roofing project, it is best to have a larger skip to avoid overloading the container.

When planning a roofing project, take into account the amount of roofing waste you will generate. Doing so will allow you to determine the correct skip bin size you need to hire. If you have questions about what size of skip you require, don’t hesitate to talk to Backyard Bins. Our specialists will help you choose the best size for your roof replacement project.


Backyard Bins Team

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