4 Types Of Demolition Techniques Used To Clear Structures

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4 Types Of Demolition Techniques Used To Clear Structures

4 August 2022
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Demolition services play a vital role in removing rundown or decommissioned structures. By doing so, demolitions create room for new construction projects. Nonetheless, there are various demolition techniques used to entirely or partially demolish structures.

In most cases, the demolish technique used depends on the desired outcome. For instance, if you want to demolish a section of a building while preserving the rest of the building, a wrecking ball is not a practical option. Thus, if you are to hire demolition services, it is advisable to learn about the various demolition techniques used. 

Here are four demolition techniques used by demolition companies for various scenarios. 

1. Interior Demolition

Interior demolition involves demolishing the interior structures of a building. But, interior demolition also aims to preserve the exterior of the building or structure. 

Interior demolishing mostly applies to renovation projects. Hence, it usually involves demolishing unwanted walls for renovation purposes. 

Due to the sensitive nature of interior demolitions, they are often carried out manually. Hence, workers conduct the interior demolition using handheld tools such as picks and drills. 

2. Selective Demolition 

Selective demolition involves demolishing specified sections of a building or structure. Yet, the rest of the building remains intact. 

An example of selective demolition is when a homeowner decides to demolish a rundown roof before installing a new one. In such a case, the roof gets demolished while the rest of the hose remains intact. 

Selective demolitions are usually done before renovating, upgrading, or fortifying a structure. Nonetheless, selective demolition is a sensitive process. Hence, it requires careful planning and execution to preserve the rest of the building or construction. 

Thus, most selective demolitions get carried out using specialized equipment. The equipment helps the contractors to remove selected parts of a building without destroying the building. 

3. Deconstruction

Deconstruction is a type of demolition that enables you to salvage and recycle most parts of a building or structure. Instead of destroying the entire structure, demolition contractors dismantle it piece by piece. 

For instance, the contractors can start by removing the drywalls and flooring of a home, followed by the plumbing and roofing. Thus, at the end of a deconstruction project, most materials removed from the building are intact and reusable. 

4. Total Demolition

Total demolition involves destroying a building or structure. Hence, no sections of the building/structure or building materials get spared. Instead, everything gets destroyed, and the resulting rubble and debris get taken to a landfill. 

Nonetheless, there are several techniques used to accomplish total demolition. The various methods include:

  • Using explosives to create a controlled blast that crumbles the building or structure
  • Using heavy-duty equipment such as excavators, wrecking balls, and bulldozers