Demolition services are an integral part of the construction industry because they facilitate the removal of old, run-down, or decommissioned buildings to create space for new building construction projects. Nonetheless, due to the high demand for more specialized demolition techniques, demolition companies have developed various demolition methods to meet the needs of their clients.
With that in mind, here are three types of demolition services you should know about and when they are applicable.
Interior demolition refers to demolishing non-structural support elements inside a building. Examples of interior demolitions include removing some walls, ceilings, and floors that are not directly involved in supporting the building's structural stability.
In most cases, interior demolition gets utilized to pave the way for major renovations. For instance, suppose you want to knock down a few interior walls to redesign your interior floor plans. In such a case, it is essential to ensure that the demolished walls are not an integral part of the buildings support structure; otherwise, you run the risk of the building collapsing.
Additionally, you will need a permit from your city's local building department before you can conduct interior demolitions. The local building department will have to check the building plans and inspect the current state of the building to ensure that the walls, floors or ceiling you want to demolish will not compromise the critical support structure of the building.
In some instances, the sections of a building that need to get demolished include critical support structures such as support beams. For instance, when repairing a damaged building, it could be suggested that instead of demolishing the entire structure, only the parts that need to be reconstructed will get demolished.
Thus, in such a case, selective demolition is the best option to preserve as much of the building as possible. However, selective demolition is a delicate art, whereby the slightest miscalculation could collapse the entire building.
Thus, a team of surveyors, demolition experts and sometimes structural engineers have to evaluate the entire buildings support structure and determine the best approach for a selective demolition. In addition to assessing the building's structural support, the team must determine the implications of the selective demolition on adjacent buildings and utility lines.
Thus, due to the complex nature of selective demolition, you will also have to get various permits from the local building department.
When it comes to demolishing a building, quite often, many reusable materials can become damaged or lost. However, a specific type of demolition ensures that all reusable materials get ripped from the building before it comes down. This type of demolition service gets referred to as deconstruction.
Deconstruction involves demolishing a building piece by piece instead of destroying the building all at once. In a nutshell, the main aim of deconstruction is to salvage as much material from the building as possible. If you think about it, there is no point in destroying reusable materials such as plumbing pipes and electrical wiring during a demolition.
Thus, deconstruction makes a point of salvaging such materials before the entire building gets destroyed. Besides, salvaging such reusable materials can save you some money because when constructing a new building, you can reuse some of the salvaged materials instead of buying new ones.
For more information about different demolition services, contact a local demolition contractor near you.