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What to Do With Replaced Cedar Shingles

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Every so often, you will have to get your cedar roof repaired. General wear and tear, old age or harsh climate can slowly disintegrate the shingles. Getting them repaired by a professional is easy, especially with Cedar Roof Coatings. But what can you do with the old shingles?

Many outlets would love to take in your old roof shingles. Use Cedar Roof Coatings when you repair your roof to ensure the shingles are removed carefully and can be repurposed for projects and charities. Let's take a look at why it is important to dispose of cedar shingles properly and some creative ideas on how to upcycle them.

Why Proper Cedar Shingle Disposal Is Important

If you're thinking about simply tossing your old cedar shingles in the garbage, think again. Improper construction waste disposal, including cedar shingles, can have profound implications. Consider reusing cedar shingles and either donating or repurposing them in projects.

Environmental Impact

As a responsible homeowner, you likely care about your actions' environmental impact. Using cedar shingles is a step towards being positive in the green movement. For the most part, wood sent to the dump is harmless as it is an organic material, but some shingles are treated with chemicals and fire-preventive coatings that can cause problems if burned or might leach into the soil. First, check with a professional, like Cedar Roof Coatings, before discarding your cedar shingles.

Legal Implications

Improper disposal of cedar shingles can also lead to legal problems. Many states and municipalities have regulations regarding the disposal of construction waste, including fines. Best check with your local municipality before tossing any construction waste in the bin.

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When to Replace Your Cedar Shingles

Cedar shingles are known for their durability and longevity, but like any roofing material, they will eventually need to be replaced. In general, it's a good idea to have your cedar roof inspected by Cedar Roof Coatings annually to identify any signs of damage or wear and tear. We can repair cedar shingles and prevent further problems.

  1. General age: Cedar shingles can last up to 40 years or more with proper maintenance, but they become more prone to damage and deterioration as they age. Regular maintenance and minor repairs are a great way to keep your roof going for decades to come.

  2. Curling or cupping: Over time, cedar shingles can begin to curl or cup, allowing water to seep in and cause damage to the roof structure. Curling or cupping is where the edges of the shingle bend upward. If curling is a common issue because you live in a high-humidity area, consider installing flashing. Roof flashing gently guides excess water, preventing it from getting trapped on the roof.

  3. Cracking or splitting: Cedar shingles can also crack or split over time, particularly if exposed to extreme temperatures or weather conditions. Natural splits can occur due to general wear and tear and have round edges. If the edge is sharp, something has impacted and broken the shingle. A broken shingle can lead to water damage and leaks, so replacing cracked or split shingles should be done as soon as possible.

  4. Moss or algae growth: Moss or algae tends to grow where there is sufficient moisture, shade and organic matter, such as debris. In the long term, moss can cause damage to your cedar shingles as it allows water to stay stagnant in one section and prevent drainage.

Donate Cedar Shingles to a Church or Local Service Organization

If you're looking for a way to repurpose your old cedar shingles and give back to your community at the same time, consider donating them to a local church or service organization. Donating your cedar shingles keeps them out of landfills and gives them a new life. Churches and service organizations may use cedar shingles for various projects, such as repairing or building shelters, creating garden beds or even in artistic endeavors.

Habitat for Humanity often takes in leftover cedar shingles from renovation projects or old shingles from the roof. They can use them for several projects and repurpose them in multiple ways.

Contact local churches or service organizations to donate your cedar shingles. Ask if they need building materials or if they have any upcoming projects that could use cedar shingles.

Donate Cedar Shingles to Local Theaters

Another creative way to reuse cedar shingles is to donate them to local theaters. Theaters often need building materials for sets, props and backdrops. Cedar shingles can be a valuable addition to a theater's collection, as the theatre uses them to create a variety of textures and effects on stage. By donating your cedar shingles to a local theater, you can repurpose them in a creative way while supporting the arts in your community.

Cedar Roof Shingle DIY Projects

If you're feeling crafty and looking for a creative way to repurpose your old cedar shingles, you can do plenty of cedar shingle do-it-yourself (DIY) projects.


Cedar shingles are the perfect material for building birdhouses. They're durable, weather-resistant and have a rustic look that fits well with outdoor decor. You can find birdhouse plans online or create your own design. Some birdhouse designs incorporate multiple cedar shingles to create a layered effect, while others use shingles to build a roof or decorative accents.

Garden Planters

Use cedar shingles to create beautiful garden planters. Create a framework from other repurposed wood and then use the shingles for the sides of a wooden planter box to create a rustic look. Cedar is naturally rot-resistant, so your planter will last many years. For extra protection, apply a coat of varnish or an anti-fungal finish. Consider using a lining to prevent stagnant moisture from being pressed against the inside of the shingles for extended periods.

Dog House Roofing

If you get a professional like Cedar Roof Coatings to remove the damaged shingles, you can repurpose them for your dog house, depending on their condition. You can construct a fully enclosed doghouse for all seasons, or a small shelter to provide relief from the hot sun.


Cedar shingles can also be used to create unique furniture pieces. One fun idea is to use shingles to make a DIY headboard. Attach cedar shingles to a wooden board and attach the panel to the bed frame. You can also use shingles to create a decorative accent on a bench or chair or create artwork.

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Get Cedar Roof Coatings to Repair Your Roof

Shingles can get damaged beyond use if removed from the roof without care. Getting a professional in, such as Cedar Roof Coatings, will ensure that the shingles are removed carefully. Let our team know you aim to repurpose them afterward.

An honest, straightforward approach to roofing care is at the core of our reputation. You can trust our advice, which is based on over 35 years of experience. Our courteous craftsmen ensure clean work sites and schedule projects at your convenience for minimal disruption to your home.

Cedar Roof Coatings can professionally assess and repair cedar shingles and cedar shakes. For more information about cedar roof services, contact us today.

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Jul 13, 2023

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May 05, 2023

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