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Learn Demolition 101

Demolition is an essential part of modern construction, and using the right techniques can help reduce the time it takes to complete work. Although you may think demolition is nothing more than pressing a switch and blowing up a building with a bunch of sticks of dynamite, the process only rarely involves traditional implosions.

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Did You Know?

Demolitionists don’t destroy historic buildings and actually work, hand-in-hand, with preservationists and building contractors to save and repair valuable structures.

Old or antique buildings often contain dangerous substances that must be removed in order for preservation to occur or for restoration to begin. The demolitionist can make it possible to retain the historic charm and structure of the building while making way for certain energy-efficient upgrades that will allow the building to flourish for many years after restoration is complete.

Demolition Helps Protect the Environment and Our History

Seeing a giant building tumble to the ground is an incredible experience (think of the large casinos in Las Vegas that were demolished in the late 1990s and early 2000s), but demolition work isn’t simply about bringing a building to the ground to make way for new construction.

In removing toxins and other harmful substances from buildings, the demolition industry is a partner in environmental stewardship. Demolition experts even participate in hazardous cleanup of Superfund sites and Brownfields.

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Demolition Requires Patience, Training, & Experience

Completing a demolition project on time and with the desired results requires the demolitionist to create a plan for completing work that will use the right, specialized equipment, employ the best techniques, and consider the most appropriate work practices for the project. Demolition is nothing if not a variable profession where new techniques are consistently under review for use in the industry at large.

An experienced demolitionist from Wreckhouse Demolition will not only rely on accepted techniques and processes for completing work, but he or she will also remain up-to-date on new equipment and ideas meant to create a more efficient and successful industry.

Demolition is a Careful and Controlled Business

The very nature of a building’s implosion suggests chaos and danger, but part of the role of a demolitionist is to complete the process with as little danger to the surrounding environment, demolition employees, and the building slated for demolition or demolition work.

Demolition is a safe and controlled process in the hands of a professional, and it’s also one of the more affordable steps in the replacement or reconstruction of a building. While it might seem expensive to implode a building, most demolition work doesn’t involve implosions, and the work usually costs less than two percent of the overall cost of rebuilding or replacing a structure.

A demolition expert has at his disposal a number of different options for completing demolition. Not only is implosion with the rigging of explosives an option, but it’s also possible to conduct structural dismantlement and engage in industrial recovery of materials for the purpose of recycling, salvaging, and reusing materials.

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Interested in What an Expert Demolition Company Can Do for You?

With more than thirty years of experience in concrete, steel building, demolition, and excavation projects, Wreckhouse Demolition is your partner in construction of commercial, residential, industrial, and public work projects. Contact us today to see how our expertise in demolition can help you complete your project.

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