Architectural salvage refers to non-structural visible wood products recovered from an existing structure. Exterior features like shutters, blinds, siding, trim, doors and interior millwork such as windows, moldings, trim, door and window frames, blinds, decorative wood panels, inlays and carvings; stair treads, railings, and posts; as well as furniture, fixtures or flooring can all be salvaged and ideally reused to retain their value and minimize materials sent to landfills.
Building materials reuse organizations like the Habitat for Humanity ReStore accept donated architectural salvage while many communities have local businesses that buy and resell these materials.
Habitat for Humanity ReStore
Habitat ReStores are independently owned reuse stores operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations that accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of the retail price. Proceeds are used to help build strength, stability, self-reliance and shelter in local communities and around the world — a good deal for you, your community and the environment. Find your local ReStore.
Wood Reuse and Recycling Directory
The American and Canadian Wood Councils have partnered with Build Reuse to develop a North American directory outlining reuse and recycling options for wood and wood products. The online resource lists companies within a searchable geographic area that have agreed to provide reuse and recycling options for wood and wood-based products, for both those looking to provide such products as well as those looking to obtain wood products for reuse. The website can be found at: ReuseWood.org.