Recycled/Salvaged Materials Fact Sheet

  1. Know the measurements you're working with and how much wiggle room you have. There is no guarantee you will find the exact size or color you originally had in mind, so being flexible will increase your chances of finding materials that work for your project.
  2. Be aware that some reclaimed materials my contain harmful chemicals like lead and asbestos.
  3. Remember to factor in transportation costs if you are looking for large quantities of materials. You may have to rent a truck to transport materials.
  4. The strength of wood may degrade over time, so carefully consider the applications of used lumber. All wood used for structural purposes must be inspected and approved. Check with your local building inspector.
  5. In some cases, installation of salvaged materials may require additional reinforcement and/or care. Make sure to consult a contractor or other building professional.
  6. If you are planning to make home improvements before selling a house, talk with a local realtor before remodeling about the costs and benefits of remodeling
  7. Think about using recycled materials in creative ways! Recycled tires can be used in insulation, window frames can be used as cabinet doors-the possibilities are endless!
  8. In renovations, the greenest option is usually the most local - reusing whatever is already on site! Refinish woodwork, rejuvenate hardware, etc. rather than replacing if possible.

Last updated July 26, 2019