When buildings are decommissioned there can be a lot of valuable materials that could be used again, but when buyers can’t find sellers, otherwise usable materials are being sent to a land fill. There is a growing amount of used building materials that can be found at online classified websites such as Craigslist and Kijiji, but finding what you are looking for can be very hit and miss.
There are also many dedicated online websites that connect buyers with contractors disassembling old buildings, or offer a place to buy and sell leftover materials from building projects and home upgrades.
On many of these sites you can search by category and location; with some (such as Sustainabuild Canada), you can also put in a request for certain materials and receive notification if what you are looking for becomes available in your region.
This saves usable building materials from ending up in landfills, and from a financial perspective, both parties win here. Rather than paying to remove and dispose of building materials that still have life in them, contracting companies can instead receive a cheque in hand when someone comes to pick up their waste.
Much of the materials available online come from decommissioned commercial buildings rather than houses, as the quantities available are worth the effort of involving a broker. But for residential builders looking to acquire inexpensive building materials such as insulation and flooring etc, you will often get lucky.
Reclaimed foam insulation boards © Michel Chenier
As an example, the above stack of XPS foam insulation was purchased through an online classified website for $3 a sheet, whereas purchased new in a building supply store they would retail for about $40 a sheet.
It doesn’t take a calculator to know that that’s a pretty good deal, even if it requires a truck rental and some travelling time. It's dirty looking (but who cares) and the corners are not as sharp as they would be new but that is easily rectified with a can of spray foam after they are installed. Not every deal will necessarily be that great, but there is for sure money to save if you do a little digging.
The only free or cheap building material we would be careful of is wooden shipping pallets - sertain of which have been treated against insect attack by highly toxic chemicals - make sure you know how to read pallet labels to see if they are toxic or can be safely reused for beds and furniture inside, here.
There are many local companies that trade building materials, those can probably be found by doing a web search for 'buy used building materials', along with your region. Here are some sites we have found that seem to offer their services across the country, if you know of others that you have had success with, please make mention in the comments section below.
Murco Recycling ships nationwide! They broker materials directly from renovations and teardowns in Chicago and have EVERYTHING!!
a used Peachtree window, excellent shape...aluminum-clad, casement, energy-efficient, ~36" tall x 48 wide, w/ screens.
I have six trapezoid windows brand new Pella 6/12 pitch they were $6000 also new sheets of plywood for sale and tools
I have containers of stucco to cover 4,500 square feet that were the wrong color. Looking to sale.
I have approx. 225 boxes of arc mosaic tile Guatemala green and 10 new sinks model Caxton 2210-96 in their boxes. Looking to sell, hearing offers.
I have 4 BRAND NEW Schulter KERDI-BOARD 48" x 96" x 1/2" panels. Bought excess number of panels for a home reno project. Ready to sell at $110/piece. Please email me on [email protected].
I have 6 bundles of Atlas Pinnacle shingles Copper Canyon paid 32.oo per bundle & 16 strips of brown drip edge. 6.50 was. Roof put on 8/18. Stuff is brand new. I will sell it all for 200.00.
I have alot of sch 80 pvc fittings 4" and below for sale all brand new. Send me a message if you are in need of any.
I have a multiple gross inch and a half George Fisher schedule 80 butterfly valves probably a hundred I also have about 8 or 10 wafer butterfly valve George Fisher 6in the cheapest I have found them is $500 online I have others I would like to sell everything
I'm sorry in that last post I said I have a gross a butterfly valves they are inch and a half ball valve schedule 80 I probably have a hundred PVC
I also have 2 in ball valves everything I have is new in the box
50 sheets of Hardie Backer, new, unused, Charlotte NC area. I'll deliver, on the truck. You unload. $12/sheet
Im in need of new flooring for my home but I am on a tight budget. I don't know what the most affordable, durable, best for resale option to go with. I want to get the most for my money but need to keep cost low. Any recommendations would be appreciated.
What color were they?
I have about a thousand sq feet of mahogany bamboo flooring. I removed it myself its in great shape. If your interested tell me what you want to pay for it and its yours
Hi Michael, I'm interested in the bamboo flooring, what is the dimensions please and how much are you looking to sell?
I have 80 amdec (Amvic) floor system blocks (425 sq ft) Used for concrete (ICF) ceiling/floor. Great safe system! contact me [email protected].
I have Acme Steel Grey Modular Size brick, 8 pallets, 5775 + total, located Tomball Texas. Must take all, no shipping, can load onto flatbed. Contact [email protected]
I have a used Heat & Glo gas fireplace with dark green marble/granite surround in 4 pieces as well as mantle. All in perfect condition. These are in Greensboro, NC and must be picked up with cash payment. These can be purchased all together or broken out as needed. Photos available.
Have approximately 40 bags 50lb of Planitop18 for your flooring needs and concrete patch repair. Each bag runs for $26, Make offer
In the Las Vegas area
I have 2 BRAND new free-standing tub faucets with hand shower for sale. They are made by Ove and model in Milly. Both are still in the box unopened. They retail at the Home Depot for $400. Chicago area. Willing to sell for $300 each or make an offer.
50 sheets of Hardie Backer, new, unused, Charlotte NC area. I'll deliver, on the truck. You unload. $13/sheet
I have a new Full view glass patio door, RH in swing, Left panel is stationary no acton. It is 6ft wide x 8 ft Tall, 2x6 frame. $800. Located in Wake Forest, NC. Pick up only.
I have over 25 solid mahogany doors main door brand with cast iron trim if you want to buy the lot I can make a deal if you want singles they're 1500 a piece feel free to email
I have 3 boxes ( 8 per box) of sheet insulation Johns Manville 1,1/2 24x48 retails $60 asking $20 per sheet obo for 3 boxes. Aluminium sheet cover on one side yellow glass insulation.
I have 2 in. 3 in. And 4 in. Fiberglass gas line that is 35 ft. Long for sale
I have around 20 pallets new porcelain/ceramic tiles, each pallet about 1,000 sf, in 8 styles(each style have at least 2 pallets), and new bathroom sinks around 100 pieces, over 500 sets of bathroom accessories( each style at least 50 sets), and a lot of shower heads..... someone interested??? All can be sold for a unbeatable price
Plumber retirered have large selection of fittings,valves , controls for oil and gas burners, Well parts 12-4 spool of well wire 100+ ft. fairbanks Mores control boxes sprinkle heads, electric water heater parts dresser couplings brass fittings. compression fitting. Delta, Gerber, faucet repair parts etc. Black, Galvanized, Brass, nipples and fittings Copper 1/8 to 3" pressure and DWV fitting. 40+ years
I have 20" all the way down to 1" pvc schedule 80 pvc fitts and pipe . My loss is ur gain. Make a offer .