Selective Demolition and Construction Today

Demolition is a necessary step for erecting new structures, where old structures are brought down and cleared for the construction process to commence. There are many methods of demolition—all of which are subjected to hazard assessment tests. While the old stick and boom method can be said to be still very popular, a newer method of demolition is fast being taken up by many construction demolition contractors.  Selective demolition is a process during which the structure to be demolished is systematically stripped of its selective parts. Read on to learn more about the process of selective demolition and its benefits.

Selective demolition specifics

In selective demolition, the contractor seeks to salvage a majority of the various components of the building. The contractor will seek to remove the walls, doors, the ceiling and the floors of your house before moving on to the exterior of the house. On the outside, wood, steel, and even concrete is systematically and carefully salvaged from the building. Once the highest possible stripping of essentials has occurred, the building can then be brought down easily by any recommended method.

Selective demolition is a labor intensive process. Workers are required to move from the uppermost floors, salvaging the interior components of the building, downwards. The stripping happens from upwards heading downwards so as not to weaken the base of the structure and endanger all the workers working on the demolition.

Selective demolition is also time-consuming. While methods like imploding and crane with boom demolition achieve demolition in hours, selective demolition can last days. During this period, a careful stripping plan is created, and the salvaged materials are carefully relocated. This may not be convenient if you plan to demolish high rise buildings.

Advantages of selective demolition

Selective demolition ensures a safer demolition process. By the time the building is brought down, most of its heavy and dangerous weights have been removed. The building does not require a risky demolition procedure since only the backbone is left.

Selective demolition is also good for recycling and reusing the construction material. Today's contractors are more conscious of recycling and its benefits. The driving force of selective demolition is the desire to recover reusable material as well as recyclable material.  The material can then be used in new constructions or sold to other construction projects. If services such as gas and water piping ran through a demolition area, they would be greatly hampered by the demolition process. In selective demolition, this is not the case. The same would explain the ease for acquiring selective demolition permits.

Talk to a demolition contractor to learn more.