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Deconstruction, in contrast to demolition, uses a mix of machines and hand-dismantling to recover materials – such as appliances, windows, doors, and plumbing – for reuse.  By keeping these items intact and salvaging them for reuse, homeowners and contractors can divert materials from the landfill and save thousands of dollars on landfill fees. If items are donated to a non-profit, there’s potential for even more savings!

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How does it work? When starting a project, homeowners and contractors can work with a licensed deconstruction contractor to complete an assessment and identify materials suitable for salvage. The deconstruction contractor will then carefully dismantle the home and salvage any valuable items. Depending on how the building was built and how materials were secured will determine the systematic disassembly of the building and the cost-effectiveness of the deconstruction process. 

Four reasons you should consider deconstruction: 

  • Tax donations are available for usable building materials donated to nonprofits organizations.
  • Most used building materials have value – don’t let it go to waste!
  • Landfill space is decreasing and disposal costs are rising. 
  • Deconstruction gives families, businesses and communities the opportunity to acquire materials inexpensively.

As you plan a home or business renovation, consider the social, environmental and financial advantages of deconstructing over demolishing.