Building from Reused Material
Instead of turning to popular home improvement centers for building materials, there are shops that sell a wide range of building materials "saved" from other homes. The ReUse Center is just one such place.
Since 1995, the ReUse Center and DeConstruction Services has worked to keep reusable building materials out of landfills. It offers just about anything a contractor or a home owner needs to build a new home or to remodel an existing home.
Quality wholesale and reclaimed building materials include doors, windows, cabinets, plumbing fixtures, lumber, millwork, flooring, every variety of hardware, lighting, appliances, granite, tile and certified sustainable (FSC) wood products, hardware for full kitchens, paneling, vanities, buffets, siding, and mantles.
The lumber products cover flooring, paneling and millwork salvaged from homes and commercial sites, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) flooring, and reclaimed where new wood products are milled from materials like old barn beams.
The company states that it salvages approximately 300-500 tons of reusable construction materials out of landfills every year.
The company's DeConstruction Services Program was incorporated in 1998. The advantage of hiring this company instead of turning to a reputable charity-based reuse center such as Habitat for Humanity is that the nonprofit organization cannot help you deconstruct your existing structure nor can it help you remove the material.
If you need to remodel your home, which entails removing existing building structures and material, ReUse's DeConstruction Services Program sends you fully trained and insured workers who will come to your place and instead of conventional demolition, carefully and systematically remove building materials from the site. Such a service effectively extends the lifetime of quality materials that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
So, this company does the important work of reducing demand pressure on virgin resources while it proves that reusing is a viable business. Three parties benefit: the company makes a profit, the consumer gets affordable materials, and the environment is less burdened with "trash" and less pressured to produce virgin raw materials.
After a deconstruction, the company offers consumers "new" construction material at very affordable prices. Consumers will find quality wholesale, salvaged and reclaimed building materials at prices much lower than home improvement centers.Continued on the next page