Scratched Records Make Good Green Inexpensive Roof
Gone are the days when vinyl records were the method in which everyone listened to recorded music, but the records themselves still exist, lots and lots of them. Collectors collect those records that are not too scratched to listen to, but where do the rest of the records end up? Matt Glassmeyer has a few hundred nailed to his deck protecting him and his wooden back doors from the rain.
Matt Glassmeyer, from Tennessee, collected several hundred scratched records for free form online and local record stores. He salvaged a few that were barely playable, but the rest he put to use. For two years he left about 100 records, he collected from family and friends, outside (rain, heat and snow) to see how they weathered.
To his surprise the vinyl records did not warp or become brittle. They were in good shape. Matt had seen vinyl records melt at 115 degrees before, but since the Tennessee heat is rarely near 100 degrees there hasn't been much for him to worry about for his recycled roof deck. The vinyl deck is also on the north side of Matt's two-story sunlight, which he states in an email to me, gets no direct sunlight. Though he does admit he would actually love to see his layers of vinyl record roof melt into a unit.
He notes in his email to me a list of just a few of the records on his eco-friendly roof deck, "there is a copy of Abbey Road and Led Zeppelin IV. Also keeping me dry are George Benson, Elvis, Ann Murray, Gino Vannelli, Steppenwolf, Al DiMeola, Don Williams, Seals and Crofts, Sonny and Cher, Loretta Lynn, lots of classical records, lots of Christian records, and a lot of Reader's Digest" (Matt Glassmeyer).
Matt also mentioned he spent time measuring and coming up with patterns that would be most successful in shedding water from the doors before nailing them to the top of the deck with roofing nails and vinyl washers. "Now my doors are dry, I saved some trash, and I have a fun conversation piece. It's an experiment for sure but it was way batter than the corrugated plastic roofing at Home Depot and I can guarantee it will look as good as that does in 8 years.
Thanks for sharing your eco-frugal idea with us Matt.