A popular trend among DIY home improvement fans is to reclaim old building materials and incorporating them into their projects. This can give a very nice vintage style, but there are some things to keep in mind when using old building materials. The first concern is legality. Just because something looks like an abandoned building doesn’t necessarily mean that it is not owned by anyone. Ensuring that you have the permission of the owner of a property before you go scavenging is going to protect you from legal repercussions.

Another thing to keep in mind is that some building materials used in the past aren’t safe for humans. Lead paint and pipes, asbestos insulation just to mention a few items that might look harmless but will prove to be dangerous to your health. If you know what to be on the lookout for, you are less likely to bring home something that could hurt your family.

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