There comes a time when a building must be brought down. Whether it is a residential or commercial building demolition at some point in time will be inevitable. When a building becomes unsafe either due to structural weakness or aging then you should consult a demolition contractor. Selecting the right and professional demolition contractor is the initial and most important step in conducting a successful demolition. The demolition process will only begin once you have selected the most qualified and experienced demolition contractor.

Determine your Requirements

Building demolition is a complex process that is determined by various factors. There are various demolition techniques suitable for different demolition projects. A professional demolition contractor will determine the scope and requirements of your demolition project before formulating a plan.

Formulating the Plan

A plan will be formulated after determining the requirements of your demolition project. The plan will detail the demolition techniques to be applied along with the equipment. The objective of the plan is to ensure the building is demolished successfully using the safest methods without exceeding the budget. The plan will depend on the size of the structure, the materials used to build it, the scope of the demolition as well the building location. Some of the demolition techniques to use include implosion, deconstruction, partial demolition as well as the traditional excavator. Once a plan has been formulated the demolition contractor will know the technique, equipment required, the estimated cost, expected amount of debris and how it be cleared from the site and the time required to clean up the site. A demolition plan will also include a contingency plan.

Obtaining Permits

You must obtain the necessary permits from the local authorities before embarking on a demolition project. The impact of bringing down a building and removing it completely from the site will not only change the landscape but also affect property values and taxes within the area. Once you have gone over and settled on the plan, the contractor must now obtain all the required permits to make sure all the legal requirements have been met and it is within the law to proceed with the demolition.

Site Preparation

After the local authorities have given you the green light to begin demolition by providing all the required it is now time to prepare the demolition site. Regardless of the size of the demolition project, you must prepare the site. Make sure the building is thoroughly cleared and all the utilities such as electricity, water and gas have been cut completely. Inspect the building for hazardous compounds like asbestos and lead, ensure they are handled by the experts. Any materials that can be recycled or reused should also be carefully removed without damaging them. A professional demolition contractor must carry out site preparation.

Plan execution

Finally, all the permits are in order and the site has been prepared, now set aside a date and time for the demolition. Viewing the demolition in progress is fascinating indeed. The skill and coordination that is involved in bringing down a building is simply mind blowing. Demolition gives room for fresh ideas in building and construction.