Engaging in house demolition can cause significant wastage of building materials. This does not have to be the case, though. Whether you intend on rebuilding the structure or would like to make some profit by recycling, you should consider saving some of the materials that were used in your previous structure. It should also be noted that using recycled building materials is not only economical but also environmentally conscious, which would make salvaging these items a win for you. The following are some of the materials that you could salvage and recycle during a house demolition.

Asphalt shingles

Asphalt shingles are quite sturdy and durable, despite having to withstand the range of weather elements they are exposed to when used as part of your roofing system. If you are demolishing the entire structure, then you should instruct the contractors to try to save the asphalt shingles, whether the roofing has reached the end of its lifespan. This is because although you may not be able to use the asphalt shingles as roofing, they can still be beneficial for other applications. For instance, the asphalt shingles can be used to restore driveways and kerbs that have developed potholes. This could save you on costs associated with driveway and pavement repairs down the road.


Timber is one of the more commonly used materials in residential construction. As such, it is only one of the commonly wasted materials during house demolition. Rather than having your timber building materials being carted off to be disposed of, you should opt to reclaim them. The milling of weathered timber products can create an array of new processed timber products such as flooring, countertops, panelling and more. You can even have the timber products manufactured to create composite wood products that can be used structural building materials for future building projects. Overall, salvaging your timber can go a long way in decreasing the cost of building materials for new construction projects that you may embark on.


Drywall consists of gypsum that has been sandwiched between two layers of paper. This is a staple for most structures so you will end up coming across this during your house demolition. However, a misconception some people have is that once drywall has been broken apart it will not have any use. The truth is your salvaged drywall can come in handy as a medium used as patching on concrete walls or older drywall that has acquired damage over time. In addition to this, the gypsum contained in the drywall can be used as a source of nourishment for the plants in your yard