Do I Need Demolition or Deconstruction?

When you come to the realization a building’s life has come to its end, you’re first thought will probably be to demolish it. In some cases this is the correct reaction, but there is another option. Deconstruction is similar to demolition, with a few key differences. Each method will have the same end result, but they go about it in two very different ways. In order to determine which method is right for your project, you’ll need to assess your timeline, budget, and the nature of the project.


If you need it done fast and have a large project, demolition will most likely be right for you. When we demolish a building, we can use a wide variety of techniques including: high reach, implosion, wrecking ball, and many combinations of techniques. Recycling is still a focus when we opt for demolition. We try to recycle as much concrete, steel, and other building materials as possible. The biggest advantage demolition has over deconstruction is speed. Demolition uses heavy machinery to quickly take the building down, which is much faster than doing it by hand.


Instead of using big machines, deconstruction uses manual labor to take the building apart piece by piece. This allows you to recycle more materials and have more control over the project. In some cases, you can sell the recycled materials, which might help offset some of the costs of construction. Deconstruction is also ideal for small projects that might be attached to other buildings that aren’t being demolished. The downside is that deconstruction takes longer than demolition and can cost more because it’s so labor intensive.

Deconstruction and demolition both offer their own pros and cons, and it’s not uncommon to use both on the same project. We might start with deconstruction and strip the building down to the studs and exterior walls, and then use an excavator to finish the job. Whatever the situation is and whatever method is deemed more appropriate, DT Specialized Services can handle the job.