Building Demolition: Crucial Materials to Salvage

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If you have decided to demolish your property for whatever reason, you may be ready to get the process over and done with. However, before you put bring down your property, you should take the time to determine whether there are materials that could be salvaged. By retrieving some materials, you can make reconstruction economical as you could recycle the building supplies. On the other hand, you could also sell off these salvaged materials for profit. Nonetheless, not every single material can be salvaged before demolition begins. Read on to find out which materials you should salvage prior to demolition.


Drywall is a building supply that comprises gypsum with a layer of paper on either side. It is one of the items that becomes destroyed during the demolition process as it is usually installed behind walls. However, what some people do not realise is that drywall is highly recyclable. By salvaging it, you can use the drywall as a patching agent to eliminate crevices, cracks and holes. Alternatively, you could even create your drywall by crushing, mixing and setting the gypsum rather than having to buy new drywall.

Hardwood timber

Another building supply that should be salvaged before demolition takes place is hardwood timber. Not only is hardwood expensive, but it is also one of the most durable types of timber. Thus, reclaiming the wood can come in handy for an assortment of building projects once the demolition process is complete. A popular way of making use of recycled timber would be as wood products inside your home. All you would have to do is have the hardwood milled so that it can be processed into an array of products that could be installed in the different rooms in your home such as panelling and flooring.  Additionally, you could use the reclaimed timber as structural lumber for when constructing a shed or embarking on renovations.

Asphalt roofing shingles

Asphalt roofing shingles are one of the most resilient building materials that you could invest in. These shingles are designed to withstand severe weather patterns ranging from sweltering heat to freezing cold without acquiring significant damage. Thus, whether your roofing is intact or not, you should instruct the demolition contractors to remove the asphalt shingles prior to the demolition process. If the shingles are in one piece, you could use them to re-roof your next structure. Conversely, if the asphalt shingles are broken, you could have them crushed and repurposed as patching materials for an assortment of paving and driveway repairs.