Architectural Salvage Explained
The term Architectural Salvage is generally used to describe any building materials, fittings (external or internal) or decorative architectural features that were once part of a building's construction or the surrounding built environment, and have since been removed for reuse.
Some architectural salvage companies follow the Salvo Code, which represents a voluntary best practice trading procedure. The Code is not a compulsory illegal requirement in the UK and was introduced in 1995 to give customers greater assurance that antique and salvage items being traded were not stolen. To meet the code traders must not buy any items that they suspect have been stolen or removed from listed or historical buildings. Traders must also keep a record of the vehicle registration numbers and ask for proof of identity from those offering items for sale, that they do not know. The practice also states that the history of an item, such as date of manufacture and previous owners, should be recorded where possible.
Architectural salvage items have many applications and can provide that individual finishing touch to your building project or current home.