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Mike Owens

03:45AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 08/04/03
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I am aware of municipalities using waste asphalt shingles in a hot mix to pave roads. I have a "country lane" style (a lane for each side of a car's wheels) that I am interested in paving with used shingles. My original interest was to have these "lanes" chip and sealed with small aggregate. I think I can achieve a more natural look and less expensive project using asphalt shingles. Does anyone have any experience applying these in a driveway without using a paving company or hot mix style application? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

k smith

06:48AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
i personally dont see the shingles staying in place. why not use caliche?

Mike Owens

06:53AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 08/04/03
2 lifetime posts
K, I'm not familiar with caliche, what is it? As to your thoughts on the shingles, they would be ground up to sizes from 1/4" to 3/4" then placed on the area and vehicles would press them into place - I think!


07:49AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
262 lifetime posts
Haven't seen them in a hot mix. But I've seen ground (to 2"-3" maximum size chips) asphalt shingle used to surface the trails of state parks. They seem to be long lasting, requiring little if any maintenance. But that's with foot traffic only. Vehicular traffic may lessen their useful life expectancy.

But...if they're free.......

k smith

11:38AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 07/09/03
71 lifetime posts
here in texas, caliche is used as a road base. it is like crushed limestone that has 1-3 inch limestones mixed with all the powder ffom the crushing process. when laid, watersd, and rolled in it becomes nearly as hard as cement and will not be slippery when wet. try to find out what they use for base in your area.
i have never heard of using shredded shingles for road base, but it sounds like is worth a try if it is laid thick enough, there are no environmental issues, and FREE. let us know what you choose and how it works out. good luck!


10:53AM | 03/10/14
A friend of mine I grew up with had shredded shingles in their driveway. It was awesome! No dust like you get from gravel and other forms of rock. Very little maintenance also. Once the sun hits them they stick together and do not move very much. We rode our four wheelers down her drive everyday and it didn't mess it up. I have been looking for these for years and haven't been able to find how to get them. This driveway was done in Tennessee and there is a company in Memphis that does them.


07:47PM | 03/30/16
Hi! I'm curious, did you do your driveway this way? How did you do it? How did it work out? Pictures would be awesome! I'm considering a project like this myself. I've read that shingle manufacturers will often give the cutaway material from the tabs away for this use, and just now saw some pictures when searching images of awesome looking drives made from shingles.... It's seeming like quite a good idea to me!!


05:11PM | 04/02/16
I'm in a "country lane" setting with a fairly long drive as well and have been telling my husband about shredded shingles. He likes and has always used the limestone (22 ton every 5 yrs.). Personally, I seen this at my Uncle's house and thought it was the perfect solution to the dusty, muddy lane. It's much more flexible, low maintenance and durable solution that will last a long time. After chipping and spreading accordingly, the sealing strips, sun and driving over them will setup everything nicely. I wouldn't necessarily use "old shingles" you can buy them cheap enough without being worried that nails are all along the driveway....


06:06PM | 08/19/18
We do roofing and I used old shingles and just laid them in a braided pattern. The heat made them stick together and driving on them made it flat. My drive is a dirt drive in the country that kept washing out. It bow is fine


07:06PM | 02/29/20
Hey u guys I would like to ask about putting these old shingles over a piece of a driveway that is sand but doesn’t hold too much water but does stay fairly soft...I have no clue how deep before hard dirt is found & I was thinking this might help for a temporary fix?


01:08PM | 05/20/20
Lumber stores normally have damaged shingles still in packaging they came from at manufacture. Very little damage, and the cost is always great !!
If you have a McCoys’s Lumber check with them.


12:03AM | 02/02/21
Why has no one mentioned the possibility of these old shingles containing asbestos? Where is this shingle material coming from?


12:58PM | 02/22/21
If placed 2 inches thick, the shingle will heat up in the summer and bind to each other. Make sure the chipped pieces have been processed with a magnet to remove pieces with nails. As far as asbestos is concerned it is bound by the liquid asphalt during manufacturing, so it should be of minimal concern....(unless you live in California where everything man-made apparently causes cancer). You'll end with a multi-colored roadway but will have a soft ride. Movement of the shingles is also very minimal if you don't drive on the edge.

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