Using salvage building materials benefits the environment and may lower the cost for the homeowner or construction business, notes Mother Earth News. Salvage building supplies range from wood to asphalt roof tiles.
Today, there are companies that deconstruct older buildings, meaning they take a building apart, salvaging its construction materials. They sell these materials to the public or construction companies at a fraction of their new price, and this process benefits the deconstruction company and the consumer.
When using salvaged building supplies, the public makes a difference in the environment. When trees do not have to be cut down, it improves air quality. When a building is deconstructed, rather than bulldozed or otherwise torn down, it creates less landfill waste.
Sometimes, homeowners get lucky and find vintage wood, architectural trimmings and antique items such as doorknobs at used building material stores. Often, they find lumber that is no longer available, meaning old growth forests are preserved.
There are plenty of materials that deconstruction companies save and homeowners or home builders buy. Many used building supply sites sell things like insulation, moldings and baseboards, plumbing fixtures, concrete and bricks, paneling,stairs and railings. Although the process of deconstructing a building and selling the supplies is labor-intensive, it benefits all who partake in the process.