Demolition companies come in and take down a building in a hurry and to many people, it may look as though they are just making a huge pile of debris but in truth, almost all the parts of the building can be recycled or reused in one way or another. The trick is to separate the parts into usable scrap and things that can not be used. Demolition does mean demolishing the building but it does not mean making it unusable.
The number of different materials in a building that can be recycled may surprise you. The steel frame of the building, the concrete in the walls, the windows, and frames, the list goes on. Finding a place to take the materials is a little tough sometimes but a good demolition contractor will more than likely already have some resources and companies available to use. If you are having a building taken down, talk to the contractor ahead of time to see if the removal of the materials and the clean up is included or if you need a secondary company to deal with the scrap. Concrete is often reused by crushing it, steal by melting it down, and other material may be used as they are or after being processed into useful things.
Wooden Structures Can Be Recycled Too
While the process is often different if a contractor is taking a wooden building down, the materials are often used as well. In many cases, the lumber in the home will be reclaimed and used by specialty carpenters for very special projects. Old windows can be rare so those are often removed with care as well. The roofing is not often saved but if it is a tile material or wooden shingles, it may have value. Old siding, cabinets, doors, and molding are also very rare in good condition so removing them carefully is important if you plan to sell them after they are out of the house.
Bringing In Scrap Metal Contractors
If the building is down and you have a lot of steel, aluminum, copper, and other metals on the site, you can get a scrap metal salvage contractor to come in and remove it. They typically pay by the weight and type of material and you can get them to come back as often as you need them. Most of these companies bring a big truck with a boom and claw on it and pick the scrap up right out of the pile. They load the truck and haul it away without you having to do much of anything. It is a good idea to keep track of how many loads leave with material just so there is no chance of a mistake when it comes to payments.