Whether you are designing your first home or your 50th, it is always challenging to find ways to save money that don't detract from the overall quality of the finished project. If you aren't careful you can see ten, twenty or fifty thousand dollars go down the drain and not have much more to show for it other than a bunch of wasted ideas. Brick is an extremely popular option that is also a very hardy material that lasts for decades with very little maintenance. Unfortunately, bricks are quite expensive; however, there is a way to lower this cost while not sacrificing any quality: recycled bricks.
How Are These Recycled Bricks Chosen?
Sometimes when an old building is taken down, the bricks will be salvaged by the owner or demolition contractor. These bricks are all individually checked and the broken or rotten ones are thrown away while those that retain their structural integrity are kept and resold en masse. Sometimes the old bricks are broken down into small pieces and either sold as brick chips or remade into new bricks. Both of these types are referred to as recycled bricks so make sure you know which type you are getting when investigating this option.
Bricks do not get that badly affected by age, especially not after only a few decades, which is how old most recycled bricks are. Problems with these bricks are normally defects from the start which makes them more prone to breakage. The recycled bricks that are chosen to be sold again have all passed a quality check which is more than you can say about a lot of brand-new bricks. Of course, there will always be some wastage with recycled bricks (as there are with new bricks) but that will be true of any natural/organic materials and is generally very low.
Older bricks have a much more unique look to them than new bricks because they had a much more hands-on creation process even a few years ago. If you are looking for a feature as much as you are looking for building materials, then you simply cannot go past recycled bricks. You can find newer recycled bricks, but the most popular option by far is the older, red recycled bricks that have distinctive patterns and tones that make them pop. In a market saturated with the latest trend and design, sometimes the best way to stand out is by returning to the classics.
Look for places near you that provide recycled bricks.
Hello! My name is Richard and this is my new blog. On this blog, I hope to pass on some useful information about how to work with contractors. I recently decided that I wanted to give my property a complete overhaul. I wanted to have a new roof installed, the interior remodelled and the driveway repaired. I asked around and I put together a great team of contractors who could all work together to get the job done. However, that isn't to say there wasn't the occasion challenge during such a big project. I learnt a lot from the experience and I am really pleased with the work that the contractors carried out.