Reclaimed Bricks as an Alternative Stone For Your Home

In recent years, it has become increasingly popular for homeowners to incorporate reclaimed building materials into their properties. There are several reasons why this is the case: firstly, the reclaimed building materials are typically able to add immediate character to a property or building (a feat that appears to be unobtainable for newer construction materials).Secondly, it is most often the case that homeowners seek to use environmentally friendly materials when seeking to make alterations or improvements to their home and, rather than purchasing newly produced building materials or ordering bespoke construction materials, wish to use timber or stone that has been taken from derelict or deconstructed properties or buildings.The most commonly used reclaimed building materials that are used in such renovations and alterations are reclaimed timber, reclaimed stone and reclaimed bricks.

Reclaimed Bricks, for instance, can add instant charm to period properties, (regardless of whether they are being used to repair damage to the facade of the building itself, or whether they are to be used in the garden for the creation of an outside wall or a border feature) particularly as their weathered appearance can prove very eye catching.However, there can be several obstacles to obtaining older bricks to be recycled in this fashion, the main one being that there may not be a supplier of such building materials in the local area, meaning that the transportation of such bricks would be very expensive and, therefore, not economically viable on the part of the customers.Also, when purchasing reclaimed bricks to be used in repair work, customers must ensure that the reclaimed bricks they are purchasing match the overall facade of the building.

However, in the occurrence that there is a supplier of reclaimed bricks in their local area, potential customers must also take into consideration the fact that (because of the scarcity of antique stone and bricks as a direct result of the increased demand for such reclaimed building materials) some purveyors of ‘antique’ building materials may attempt to pass off more modern bricks and stone to their customers as being much older.There are, however, a large number of suppliers of reclaimed stone and bricks who are specialists who monitor all the demolition activity in their local areas and, in the likelihood that there are antique stone and brick-containing buildings being demolished, collect any undamaged bricks and building stones that can then be cleaned and resold to customers wishing to purchase such reclaimed building materials.