Frequently Asked Questions About The Demolition Industry

Excavator on a demolition site

Demolition is a fairly broad term that covers a laundry list of services. Structural dismantlement, site clearance, environmental remediation, salvage and recycling of materials, and industrial recovery all fall under the umbrella of demolition. The National Demolition Association put together a handy list of frequently asked questions that does a good job of explaining the basics of the demolition industry. Here are answers to a few of the most pressing questions you may have.
  • What happens to materials? 
A successful demolition job will actually produce very little waste. This is because so many of the materials contained in buildings that are being demolished have value in salvage and recycling. In fact, about 90-percent of materials on a typical demolition job are able to be reused, recycled or salvaged. These materials include concrete or other aggregate like brick or porcelain, metals including iron, steel, copper, brass or bronze, insulating materials, ceiling tiles, flooring and carpet, wiring and conduit, plasterboard, wood, and roofing materials. A demolition contractor will take care to remove these materials so they can be reused in other capacities.
  • What are the different types of demolition? 
Each demolition job is unique, but there are certain subcategories that most will fit into. For example, interior demolition jobs refer to those where the entire structure isn't being torn down, but rather some interior walls and spaces inside. This type of demolition is typical in renovations or upgrading of a structure.Industrial demolition refers to jobs involving structures and facilities that produce goods. Chemical plants, oil refineries or manufacturing facilities would all fall under industrial manufacturing. These jobs require working with hazardous materials and environmental remediation. They're also usually more complex jobs that require special rigging and safety training.Commercial demolition is the more typical dismantlement of commercial properties like office buildings, hotels, shopping malls or stores. These projects are usually more straight forward than an industrial job, but could still require the removal of hazardous materials like asbestos.
  • Demolition versus Deconstruction
Deconstruction is often used as a competitor to demolition. It refers to maximizing the amount of materials salvaged from a building by involving hand demolition and sorting materials throughout the job. In reality, demolition and deconstruction are incredibly similar. Demolition contractors also take precautions to salvage as many potentially valuable materials as possible. The only difference is that demolition jobs typically take less time.
  • What is environmental stewardship? 
In the context of the demolition industry, environmental stewardship refers to demolition contractors' desire improve the environment and community through their work. Each demolition job is geared toward removing dated and potentially unsafe structures. Environmental remediation is used to remove hazardous materials from sites and other hazardous materials are carefully removed from buildings. This rehabilitates areas where new construction may not otherwise be possible.At Demolition Technologies, we're proud of the work we do and would love to be your demolition contractor. Give us a call at 918-379-0966.