6 Biggest Misconceptions About the Demolition Industry

Most of what people know about the demolition industry comes from a five second video clip of some old stadium or office building either being blown up or taken down by a giant wrecking ball. While this is all part of the demolition industry, it’s only a small part. In an effort to better inform the public about the ins and outs of the demolition industry, we wanted to address some of the biggest misconceptions about demolition.6 Biggest Misconceptions About the Demolition IndustryIt’s All About Blowing Things Up. As fun as it would be to play with explosives every day, implosions actually only account for a whopping 1% of demolitions. The vast majority of demolitions involve various heavy machinery and different specialized equipment. We like to do things this way because using explosives is incredibly dangerous. It’s much easier, and we have much more control when using heavy machinery.Demolition is Bad for the Environment. The truth is, the demolition industry is leading the way in industrial recycling and many other green initiatives. We don’t just dump everything into a landfill, we do our best to recycle materials as much as possible. One fact we’re particularly proud of is that every year two thirds of US steel production comes from recycled steel. Demolition is a Simple Job Anyone With a Big Enough Hammer Can Do. Our employees are highly skilled and have gone through a staggering amount of training. In a lot of ways, our employees need to be more skilled than your average construction worker due to the danger associated with our industry.Demolition Destroys Historical Buildings. While it is true that we do have to demolish historical buildings from time to time, these instances are very rare and only done when absolutely necessary. In these unfortunate situations, we only take action after it has been determined the structure is no longer safe to use and cannot be safely restored to its former glory. Most cities have very strict historical protection codes, so most of the time approval from city council or other boards is needed to demolish a historical building.Demolition is a Dangerous Business. This is only half true. Demolishing is inherently dangerous, but our crews are trained so well that we are able to mitigate and control much of the risk associated with demolition. No amount of training will ever remove all the danger, but we’re certainly ready to handle the danger on any job site.Demolition is Expensive. When a developer or builder plans to tear down an existing building to replace it with a new one, demolition typically only accounts for 2% of the cost. So comparatively speaking, demolition is actually very affordable.At Demolition Technologies, we’re proud to be at the forefront of demolition and to help the public better understand how demolition works. Contact us to learn about our demolition capabilities today: 918-379-0966.