The Best Construction Materials To Reclaim & Salvage

The construction industry is under increasing pressure to become more environmentally friendly in recent times. One of the main ways to do this is to use materials that have previously been used in other building projects. You can easily alter and recycle most construction materials, which reduces the building industry’s consumption of fossil fuels  and therefore its environmental impact.

Along with the construction industry’s dependance on lorries and other fossil fuel consuming transport, the manufacturing process is also damaging to the environment. By reclaiming old materials, we can save on the amount of waste that goes into landfill.

Although there are proven benefits of reclaiming and salvaging old construction materials, the market is virtually untapped. This makes it easier for you to take advantage of this approach as there is less competition from others when trying to obtain and reuse old materials. Here we will look at the best construction materials to reclaim and salvage, and the process behind doing so:

Reclaimed Wood

Increasingly desirable to designers and architects – reclaimed wood has the charisma and age that is highly appealing to most consumers. Many older buildings that are being knocked down have weathered wood that can be reused in new buildings as table tops, flooring, pillars, and much more. This method of reusing is highly environmentally friendly, especially when sourcing locally.

Glass and Windows

Beautiful glass panels can be found in old buildings such as churches, which look stunning in homes when used as features in hallways and living rooms. Even collecting old glass windows and recycling them is a highly environmentally conscious method of obtaining glass. Additionally, the quality of the glass isn’t compromised upon when it’s recycled. For every piece of recycled glass, tonnes of natural resources are saved.

Roof Tiles

Roof tiles are incredibly hardened to weathering, as they protect your home from rain, winds, and heat – surviving even in the most brutal weather. Roof tiles can be reused on other roofs if they are still suitable for the job, but if you think they may have lived past their peak performance, there are many other uses. They create a nice effect when organised into pathways or driveways, and can also be used for outdoor garden structures. Many people use roof tiles to section off their garden, creating complex formats to plant their flowers or shubery in.

Reclaiming and salvaging old construction materials is rewarding and environmentally beneficial – especially when sourcing from local sites. We highly recommend looking into this option when you’re planning your next construction project.

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