5 Biggest Misconceptions About Demolition

“Why does Demolition Occur? This indicates a waste of money to demolish one building only to build another? ”
This is, in 99% of cases, completely inaccurate. Typically the buildings being demolished are structurally unsafe or were constructed in an age where building technologies are not of the standard they are today. If the building were to be converted, or simply retained and re-sold, the costs of getting such an Environmentally unfriendly building will soon far outweigh the costs involved in redevelopment.
“It must be fun working in Demolition, what’s it like blowing things up? ”
Explosive Demolition no longer plays a big part in the industry today; the stereotypical “dynamite and wrecking ball” demolition image is not an accurate perception of techniques used. Controlling the dust and fall of debris can be better achieved with the use of other mechanical practices (normally 360° excavators) which will be typically a cheaper alternative also. Explosives are normally only used now to implode high rise structures that outreach the biggest machines (which is a very small percentage).
“There must be a whole lot of waste in the Demolition Industry? ”
Not even close to it. Demolition Contractors ordinarily have a presence in the architectural salvage and recycling markets. We take most of the waste, bricks, for example, clean them and resell them back to other building contractors. Anything we cannot recycle ourselves on the site will be used to a licensed waste recycling facility where it will be further processed and reused for other means. One of the most frequently requested services is concrete removal and disposal services. On average, only between 5-10% of a building will ever reach a landfill site, this percentage is consistently being paid off with the constant introduction of new recycling processes.

“You just knock all of it down don’t you? ”
Positively everything about the demolition of a building is controlled. If we can’t raze a building to the ground in a controlled manner using machines (excavator) then it is done yourself. The risk is minimized to the greatest possible extent, for both people in close proximity to demolition sites and for those on the website itself. As the building is demolished, the waste is separated as you head to enable more efficient recycling processes.