You might have heard the word “demolition” or “demo” before, but might not have known what it actually meant in regards to construction and contractors. Of course, huge explosions and large machines come to mind, and sure, some of that is involved in the process, but demolitions are much more complex than that.

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In today’s blog post, we’ll discuss the basic information concerning demolitions — and no, we aren’t talking about the derby kind.

Who is qualified to conduct demolitions?

A demolition contractor is the best source for a demolition, as these professionals are some of the most regulated ones in the construction industry. Demolition contractors must work within municipal, state and federal environmental regulations while getting their jobs done in an efficient and effective manner. The job can also prove dangerous at times, as these experts handle hazardous material and toxic substances as well as heavy demolition equipment.

What exactly is a demolition?

According to the National Demolition Association, a demolition is a complex set of tasks that involve dismantling structures, site clearance, environmental remediation, and recycling and industrial recovery. The process typically involves the use of hydraulic equipment with specialized attachments, such as cranes or wrecking balls. In some cases, it means a contractor utilizing explosives.

All of that is basically a fancy way of saying this: Demolition is an elimination of a current, standing building structure. There are different types of demolitions, though, each with their own definitions.

Different types of demolitions:

  • Interior: A non-structural dismantle of spaces within a building structure. This demolition is common when a person wants to renovate or upgrade something in their home or office. This work includes services such as interior wall, floor or ceiling removal.
  • Industrial: This type of demolition dismantles facilities or structures that produce goods. For example, chemical plants, oil refineries, manufacturing facilities and more.
  • Commercial: Partial or full elimination of commercial properties such as office buildings, shopping malls, hotels and more. This type of demolition typically saves clients money, costing less than 2 percent of the building’s total replacement.
  • Explosive: Also known as implosion, this highly-specialized type of demolition requires in-depth knowledge of both building structures and explosives to tear a building down. These only account for about 1 percent of all demolitions.

What’s the difference between a demolition and deconstruction? Isn’t that the same thing?

Well, kind of. Their goals are the same: to maximize the amount of marketable recycled material generated on a project site. But deconstruction technically requires more labored work because it’s not as technologically advanced as demolition in regards to heavy equipment.

Basically, people do the work in deconstruction, and in demolition, we let the machines do the work for us.

When do you need to conduct a demolition?

It depends on the type of demolition, but more often than not, demolitions are necessary for the following tasks:

  • Getting rid of severely damaged structures
  • Building expansions
  • Updating a building with hazards
  • Making way for a new building.

Interior demolitions are necessary if you’re only upgrading a structure inside of the building, rather than the outside or entirety of it.

Most contractors are willing to work with you based on your preferences and desires for a demolition, as long it follows their industry’s codes.

Why are demolitions necessary?

Demolitions can be helpful in numerous amounts of ways. Sometimes, demolitions are necessary if a client wants to upgrade their current space or property, whether that’s their home or office space. Other times, they’re necessary to help save and preserve historical buildings by removing harmful substances such as Asbestos and making them more energy efficient.

But wait, can’t demolitions be harmful to the environment?

This is definitely a common misconception. Demolition contractors are super regulated to ensure environmental friendliness. For example, about 66 percent of all steel used in U.S. steel production comes from salvaged steel, thanks to demolition crews’ recycling efforts.

How can you find a demolition expert?

Look up your local demolition contractors and get a few estimates before committing to just one. Verify their license and make sure you have your project in order and ready to go — it’ll speed up the process for both you and the contractor’s team.

Be sure to monitor your project’s progress as it gets underway by your chosen contractor. You don’t want to hire a lazy contractor team that takes years to complete a project when the project only requires a few months.

Also, his should go without saying, but do not try to handle a demolition by yourself. There’s a reason there are professionals trained in this trade. It’s a dangerous task and requires a highly skilled person to do it.

Choose Sage Construction As Your Contractor

At Sage Construction, we put safety and efficiency first. Our top priorities are our clients and our employees, and we want to ensure to practice safe demolition methods and comply with our industry’s safety standards. Our highly qualified staff is trained to take on a variety of projects, ranging from commercial and industrial demolition work to interior and exterior demolition work.

Let us be your next contractor in Des Moines! For more information, call us today at (515) 393-4350, or request an appointment by filling out our online form.