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Sourcing materials

No matter what project you are working on, sourcing materials will be a large factor. After all, the quality of the completed project will be impaired if the materials are not of a high standard.

Cost

The size of your budget can have a large effect on the outcome of your build. Of course, everyone wants to get the best value for money. However, you must make sure not to cut corners in an attempt to save on expenses. It is well worth investing a little more time and money into finding the right materials for the job.

When building something such as a garden partition, you may be deliberating between something such as a wooden fence and a brick wall. A wooden fence is cheaper to build.

However, a fence will generally last just 15-30 years. The panels will begin to warp, they may be damaged or blow away during more extreme weather, and so the fence will require a fair amount of maintenance during its lifetime.

On the other hand, a well-constructed brick wall can last well over a century and requires far less upkeep. It is important to not let construction costs dictate which materials you use. Consider the purpose of your project – will spending more money now help in the long run?

Ethics

Wood is a great building material, it is relatively lightweight and easy to work with, making it an excellent material for amateur projects. With the right attention to detail, it can be one of the most eco-friendly materials for construction. Trees consume carbon dioxide as they grow, and depending on how they are processed, can even have a negative carbon footprint.

If you are trying to cut down on the carbon emissions produced by your build, wood can be a great way to go. Timber in good condition can be salvaged from previous constructions, rather than be incinerated with other waste materials.

Not only is this environmentally friendly, but it can also save you money as reclaimed wood can be considerably cheaper than buying new. Other materials that can be easily recycled include windows, doors and paving slabs, particularly when not previously cemented into place.

It is important to know where your materials come from and how they have been produced. Timber should always be bought from a sustainable source. Organisations such as the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) and the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certify manufacturers that sell wood from sustainable sources.

Alternatively, the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) recommends a variety of eco-friendly manufacturers for various materials, including a list of sustainable timber suppliers.

High-quality materials are necessary for sturdy, reliable construction but we must be mindful of how we obtain them. It is always worth hunting around to find a quality, ethically-sourced materials for the best price. Contact a member of the team for professional assistance in sourcing materials and your project.

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