Questions You Might Have About a Commercial Building Demolition

Demolishing a building can allow you to rebuild on a lot when you want to stay in the same location as you are currently. An especially older building may need so many repairs that the cost of renovation would be greater than the cost of a new construction, or you may not be able to construct something larger and more to your needs around the current building. Whatever your reasons for considering a demolition, note a few questions you might have about the process and how it gets done so you can better understand your options, and what to discuss with a demolition contractor.

1. Are there different types of demolition? 

You might see implosions of buildings on the news, meaning demolition that is done with explosive charges placed around the structure which cause it to collapse. However, this is not the only type of demolition that is performed on buildings and it may not be the right option for you. An interior demolition will remove all building materials right down to the studs or frame of the building, and a partial demolition can be performed on just one side of a building, the upper stories, and the like. 

These other forms of demolition may be good options as you may want to salvage part of your building if it's still usable, or may have a building with a solid frame and foundation but need to simply rework the footprint and layout inside. Rather than assuming your building needs to be completely torn down by demolition, talk to a contractor about why you need the building demolished and note if he or she would suggest another of these forms of demolition instead.

2. Why are some demolitions handled in stages?

What you see on the news when a building is imploded is not usually the whole story of its demolition; very often crews need to go in and remove hazardous materials by hand so that things like asbestos and mold can be fully contained and don't become airborne during the demolition. Removing things inside the building before demolition can also make that implosion less hazardous to the environment, as it may then create less dust overall. If you're very eco-conscious, you might also want to have items removed from inside the building before demolition so they can be salvaged for recycling, including plumbing pipes, copper wiring, glass partitions, and the like. Pulling these things out before demolition is often easier than trying to remove them from the rubble after a building is torn down.

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