Why Deconstruct?

Why Not Just Demolish?


Potential Cost Savings

If you have an unwanted building, chances are you are still insuring it and paying taxes on it. If the building is allowed to deteriorate, there are also liability issues to consider should someone be hurt in an unsafe building.  Removal of your unwanted building makes good financial sense, and removes concerns you may have about accidents happening in it. 

Often, however, landowners are unsure how to proceed once they’ve decided a building should be removed. Demolition costs will include significant machine time to knock down the building and to pulverize and consolidate the resulting piles of debris. Disposal costs will be based on the volume and weight of debris created from the demolition. The costs of demolition and disposal can be rather daunting!

Careful deconstruction of your building and removal of materials that can be repurposed, will substantially limit the amount of material to be disposed of, and machine time will be limited as well, since the building will already be down and partially consolidated once the deconstruction is completed. 

Deconstruction Keeps Material Out Of Landfills

Each year, hundreds of millions of tons of construction and demolition waste find their way into U.S. landfills. Of that, the EPA estimates that 90% is from demolition debris. If you pay taxes, you pay for the maintenance and upkeep of these landfills and the establishment of new ones when the old ones fill up. Every ton of material recycled or repurposed is a ton diverted from the landfill. 

Deconstruction Limits Other Environmental Impacts Too

Reusing materials requires less energy and raw materials usage than producing new products, especially when reclaimed materials are purchased and utilized locally, eliminating the need for cross country or even international shipping.

Many Reclaimed Materials Are Of Higher Quality Than New

For example, reclaimed lumber products were produced long ago with old growth timber that grew more slowly with tighter grain than much of the timber grown today. This reflects in stronger, more beautiful real wood products. Some aspects of vintage lumber are features manufacturers attempt to replicate with modern materials - like distressing new wood to make it look old, or manufacturing vinyl or ceramic products that have the appearance of old wood flooring  but nothing can quite compare with the real thing!

Deconstruction Creates Jobs

Deconstruction is a slower method of removing an unwanted building than knocking it down with heavy machinery. The process requires many, many hours of careful work with hand tools. Jobs are created when buildings are deconstructed. Jobs mean income that can be spent to keep the economy going. 

A Winning Proposition!

Deconstruction is a "win-win-win-win". The landowner can often save money, landfills must accommodate far less material, buyers of reclaimed materials are happy to source beautiful old wood, fixtures and other materials, - and jobs are created for employees who do the deconstruction work, clean the materials of nails and make them ready for repurposing.

Used Anew LLC Can Offer Deconstruction Options

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