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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.

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Own A Construction Company? Make Money From Scrap Metal

If you own your own construction company and are planning a demolition, you will likely have recyclable materials left over when you finish. These materials include wiring, concrete, asphalt shingles, scrap materials, and scrap metal. Follow the tips below to recycle these things on your site to help the environment and make your company some money.


If you plan to recycle wires, make sure all debris is removed from them to get the most money out of them. For example, if you removing electrical wiring from walls, make sure there is no insulation left on them.


When demolishing a building, driveway, etc., you are left with a lot of concrete. Some recycling plants will come to your site and pick up the concrete for you. Others will provide you with the storage containers to put the concrete in so you can take it to the recycling company. Most recycling centers will take any kind of concrete you have, and you will not have to separate it out.

Scrap Materials

There are materials that you can reuse on your construction site to help reduce costs and keep things out of the landfills. If you have masonry materials left over after the demolition, crush them and then use them as a filler for driveways or other concrete surfaces. Scrap lumber can be used for compost, boiler fuel, animal bedding, and compost.

If you have a lot of cardboard, keep it separate from other items at your job site. Call a recycling company to come to your site and pick it up. In many cases, the cardboard will have to be cut down to a certain size, so ask the recycling company about this.

Asphalt Shingles

If you have any asphalt shingles after a demolition, keep them separated. They are ground up and then added to pavement used for driveways, roads, and pothole repair. The shingles helps to improve the quality of the paving materials.

Scrap Metal

You can recycle scrap metals and make money from it. Some recycling centers ask that you separate the scrap metal out into ferrous and non-ferrous materials before you take them in. If you have a large amount, they may come to your site and pick up the metal for you.

Before your construction company starts a demolition, decide what you plan to recycle first. Set up different containers for the shingles, metals, etc. to keep things separated and organized.

If you need help with your demolition or cleanup, contact a professional service like Colorado Cleanup Corporation.