Austria – Fully recyclable and seven times lighter than traditional roof tiles, ‘nanotech’ roof shingles manufactured by Spanish company Roofeco Espana claimed first prize for ‘best recycled plastic product’ in the European Association of Plastics Recycling and Recovery Organisations (EPRO) competition taking place in Vienna last week.
The tiles are 100% free of PVC and heavy metals, attendees of the biannual Identiplast conference were told. The patented shingles are made from recycled polymer compounds, low-density polyethylene with minerals and nanometric components which improve on the original properties of the raw materials. The shingles do not break, are not toxic, require no exposed screws and can resist hailstorms, it is claimed.
Besides being 100% waterproof, a translucent version of the tiles has also been created by Roofeco EspaÃ±a so that light may enter rooms below.
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