If you are interested in building a new house that looks like it has been around for a lot of years, one way to do that is to buy salvaged materials and use them in your new house. But, what are salvaged materials and where do they come from?
These are materials that have been saved from places like demolition sites, torn down buildings, and other similar locations. Construction salvagers, like Alliance Demolition Services Inc, will go through those locations before the buildings get demolished if possible. If not, then they will go through the debris left over and sort out the usable materials from things that aren't usable.
The thing with salvaged materials is that most anything can be salvaged and put back into use. For example, one commonly salvaged material is old wood planks from places like barns and older homes. Those planks are then sold to people to use in new homes. The planks may be cleaned and restained so that they are in slightly better shape than they were, while others may be left in the same shape that they were when they were pulled out of the older building. Other materials are not used in the same form. For example, concrete can be salvaged, but it usually gets broken down and reused in other concrete or used in fill or substrate under other concrete slabs.
Where to Get Salvaged Materials
If you have decided that you are going to use salvaged materials in your house, you may want to know where you can get them. There are different places that you can. One is through your general contractor. There are stores that will only sell to contractors, so you will have to tell them what you want so that they can get it for you. Some salvage companies also have their own storefronts. That will allow people who are DIYers or who are doing reno work on their own to get the materials that they want. For example, if you are doing your own reno work and you want to lay a brick floor in part of your house, you can go to one of these stores and get some bricks that were used in a factory's chimney. When you do that, you are getting some very unique bricks that will give you a floor that no one else will have.
If you want to make your house look like it's been around for a while, then you may want to use salvaged construction equipment