There is nothing more exciting than revamping your space. It can feel like a fresh start that completely changes your mood and relieves stress. Who doesn’t love picking out all of the little details to suit your personality and make a statement?

When you are planning your fresh start why not give recycled building materials a second chance? There are many benefits to reusing materials that you may not have thought of yet.

Saving the Planet Starts with You

Perhaps the most obvious benefit to using recyclable materials is the environmental impact, or lack thereof.

Typical construction and demolition materials account for an incredible amount of the refuse that is currently cluttering landfills across the world. When you decide to use recyclable materials you’re helping to:

  • reduce waste
  • declutter garbage dumps
  • give new life to perfectly useful materials

Deconstruction v.s. Demolition

What do you do with a building when it is potentially unsafe and unusable  anymore? Knock it down of course. For years, this demolition solution has gone uncontested. Now, however, some companies are choosing to “deconstruct” a building as opposed to demolishing it. The result of deconstruction is less debris, less mess, and a pile of perfectly usable building materials.

High Quality

When properly removed from a building, reclaimed materials are often still in great condition. Even outward signs of wear may not indicate actual decomposition and these materials can be used in less visible locations in your home.

Perhaps even less obvious, some of the materials used in old homes and buildings are truly one-of-a-kind. Antique fixtures, uniquely crafted moldings, hand-carved wood, and so much more can be found among reclaimed building materials.

Low Cost

Anyone who’s about to undergo a home remodel knows that cutting costs is a constant consideration. That’s why recyclable building materials are a great idea. More often than not, they’re much cheaper than the alternative meaning you can put your money into the visual flourishes, not the basic construction materials.

General Kinematics Recycling

Avoiding the use of recyclable materials has created a cause for concern  in which more than 400 million tons of construction and demolition materials have ended up destined for landfills. We are proud to say that efforts from General Kinematics have helped to divert more than 1,000,000 tons of C&D materials from landfills last year alone.  

When it comes down to it, there is really little downfall to using recyclable materials for your home remodel. You can have it all – you can save money, there’s no need to sacrifice quality, and you can help the planet.

To learn more about recycled building materials or the GK equipment that helps to sort and organize these materials, contact us below.

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