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Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Welcome to my blog. My name is Deborah. About 15 years ago, I bought an old home. We worked with several contractors to rehabilitate it, but ultimately, the foundation simply wasn't stable enough, and we had to tear it down. After that, we worked with a construction crew to build a home from the ground up. The experience was exciting and challenging, and I learned a lot through that process. I want to share construction and contracting facts and information with others so I decided to start this blog. I hope that you like the results, and I thank you for reading. Enjoy!

Planning and Executing Construction and Contracting Projects: Tips for Consumers

Things to Keep In Mind When Constructing With Recycled Timber Products

by Samantha Russell

If you are looking to embark on ecofriendly construction, you should consider incorporating recycled timber products into your building materials. Recycled timber is wood that has been salvaged from various places such as demolition sites, wharves, factories and more. The timber that is picked out is that which has stayed in good condition therefore can be reused for other purposes. This is practiced to reduce the amount of timber waste that ends up in landfills for no good reason. Recycled timber products can be used in the construction of a myriad of items including window frames, decking, structural beams, furniture, benchtops, staircases and more. However, it is not simply about collecting recycled timber and immediately using it at your construction site. Here are some of the things to keep in mind when embarking on construction with recycled timber products.

Consider the availability of the recycled timber products

The first thing to note about recycled timber products is that they are not available on demand. Since they are made up of salvaged wood, you will find the suppliers will have varying species available. If you had your mind set on using a particular type of wood, then you have to consider the fact that you may have to wait a while for the quantities of recycled timber products that you need to be available. It should be noted that the quality of one recycled timber product might also vary from another, so it would be up to you to decide whether the timber products will still meet your needs.

Consider whether the recycled timber products are ready to be reused

Another factor to consider when it comes to recycled timber is the immediate reusability of the products. This is prudent if you are purchasing the recycled timber for an individual seller rather than a timber company. Since recycled timber is salvaged from demolished buildings and the like, chances are the wood will still contain foreign bodies such as nails and screws. Before you can incorporate these recycled timber products into your construction, you have to ensure that all these foreign bodies have been gleaned off the recycled timber products.

Once the foreign bodies have been eliminated, you should take note of the grading of the recycled timber. The grading of the wood will determine what type of structural use it would be best suited for.

Lastly, when looking to purchase recycled timber products, establish whether you will receive them as fully finished timber products. These recycled timber products are ready to be used in construction. The other alternative is rough sanded timber products that you would have to finish on your own before they are viable for use.

If you would like to be assured of quality recycled timber products, you should purchase them only from a reputable timber company.