What are the different types of demolition?

Demolition, although it sounds intimidating – particularly when you consider the demolition of an office building, mansion or skyscraper – is an essential process in the construction industry that should always be done to strict safety and building regulations.

But, you can’t just knock a building down with a sledgehammer! There are different types of demolition that suit different types of properties, and, being one of many house demolition companies located in Northern Aotearoa, we at Uplifting Homes can easily break down these different types for you. Read on for more, below.

Deconstruction Demolition

Deconstruction Demolition involves the careful dismantling of a building, often with tools such as an excavator, demo-fork, or even a bulldozer. This is so as much building material can be salvaged as possible for future construction work, and to benefit the environment with reduced waste. Properties are quite literally ‘deconstructed’ piece-by-piece, which proves time-consuming and requires construction workers with substantial skill, but the final result is worth it.

It is much neater, cost-effective and environmentally friendly than traditional demolition, which can involve the use of a wrecking ball, although not often anymore!

Implosion Demolition

Implosion demolition is exactly as it sounds. Explosives are used to demolish a building that may be close to nearby structures that cannot be damaged. The use of explosives in demolition can also decrease the impact on surrounding land, too. Nevertheless, this is quite a hazardous strategy if the right precautions are not taken!

Explosives must be placed in strategic locations within the structure of a soon-to-be demolished building, and detonated in sequence. The property therefore collapses in on itself, reducing potential debris and mess.

Selective Demolition

Selective demolition is the most recycling-focused demolition process in the modern day. For many years, as a consequence of any demolition process, waste products like concrete, brick, wood and plaster would pile up in the tonnes.

With selective demolition, the use of machinery is limited, with as much building material as possible – not dissimilar to deconstruction demolition – to be preserved for recycling and reprocessing in the right plants. Unfortunately, this process is best suited to interior demolition and is not efficient enough for larger-scale projects.

Looking to contract the services of a house demolition company you can trust? Reach out to Uplifting Homes, today. We’re sure to be able to help you!

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