Using recycled building materials in your home renovations or repairs makes good sense, both financially and environmentally. Many times, you can find the supplies you need at a salvage yard, or stores such as Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. Plus, you can create a look that is truly unique, blending the old with the new with great results. Here are a few ways you can use recycled building materials for your next renovation or repair project.
Your roof is one of the most important parts of your home, and unless you have the supplies needed to ensure a tightly sealed, leakproof roof, you probably want to leave this job to the professionals. But you can buy recycled shingles made from things like old tires and consumer waste. These are among the most eco-friendly roofing options, but there are others you can choose from. Metal and wooden roofs made from sustainably harvested wood are other great choices.
If you just need to roof a porch or other occasional use area, and you aren't too concerned about leaks, you can opt for sheets of corrugated tin. These are inexpensive, versatile, and can be recycled when you no longer need them. For more information, contact a business such as American Building & Roofing Inc.
Using reclaimed windows can add character and charm to your building project, and it can also save you money. You don't have to use windows "just" as windows; with a little creativity, you can use them to create pretty room dividers or even greenhouse structures for your garden.
If you do choose to use older windows in your home, make them more energy efficient by sealing any cracks in the frame with putty, and consider replacing the single pane glass with double-glazed glass to reduce energy loss.
If you want to update your flooring, there's no shortage of items you can recycle to give you a completely new look. Salvaged wooden planks are a popular choice, but if you want something more unique, you can try using pieces of broken tile pieced together, mosaic-style. Pennies glued to the floor and filled with grout and then covered by polyurethane floor sealant creates an impressive look.
Cork flooring is also a great way to use recycled materials in your home. You can buy cork floor panels made from recycled cork, or use wine corks to create a mosaic-effect floor that is durable, practical, and pretty.
New isn't always better when it comes to building materials; consider using some of these recycled items in your next DIY project.