When old buildings are demolished because they have outlived their existence or need to make way for newer buildings, the building materials used in them will often find their way to landfills or other places that need to be filled up. Quite a lot of building material can be reclaimed and bricks are one of them.
It is quite common to see doors and windows of old buildings being reused, but walls made of bricks can be carefully broken down and the individual bricks cleaned of all the mortar and reused as reclaimed bricks. These bricks that have been part of a building for years have withstood the ravages of time and weather and have a strength and durability that is proved. It also makes environmental sense to use bricks that have been reclaimed, as then no resource from the earth is used, nor has any pollution occurred from the kiln that is used for making bricks. The bricks will also look well weathered and this is often an attribute that architects look for when they are designing newer buildings.
Reclaimed bricks must be suited for the purpose for which they are being bought, and if they are to form part of a wall that is structural, this requires a lot of care and an assurance that the bricks will be able to take on any imposed loads. Bricks of this type will have different appearances depending on the amount of weathering they have gone through, and finding bricks that match each other can be quite a difficult task.
Reclaimed bricks can be easily used for paving of driveways and patios, as they will give a well-used look to the area that is paved. They are also useful for providing facing for concrete and other walls, where it is necessary to present a less harsh look to the wall or structure. Reclaimed bricks are often used for restoration projects, but finding bricks that match the original structure can be quite a daunting and difficult task. The final results can, however, make it worth the effort.
Bricks are often the first defense against the weather and are required to stand up to harsh conditions. Bricks that have been reclaimed have already gone through many seasons and are therefore more likely to meet any required standards for strength and durability. A major problem when you decide on reclaimed bricks for a construction is to find the right size and color in adequate quantity. This can lead to increase in costs, but the final result is often worth the price that you have to pay.
Recycled bricks can be used for edging of lawns and driveways, for creating bricks screens, fire pits, and even be placed into walls that contrast with modern looking windows that make for a contrast that can be quite eye catching. The bricks can be obtained from salvagers or others who specialize in the demolition of buildings. Estimate your total requirement correctly before you go shopping for them, so that you are not caught out by a lack of bricks for completing your work.