Demolition could be described as the opposite of construction, and is the ripping-down of buildings or other structures, typically by a demolition contractor. Demolition should not be misinterpreted as deconstruction, as the later is taking apart of a building in a phase by phase manner, keeping intact the valuables for re-use. Demolition of a particular building or a structure is carried out for various reasons; when a new building has to be constructed replacing an old and unstable structure, when a building or a structure becomes an obstacle for development projects and becomes mandated by the authority for that to be demolished, or even when an individual decides to demolish his or her building for building a better one. Even though the term ‘demolition’ has negative implications, in most cases it leads to developmental activities later on.If you wish to learn more about this, visit San Antonio Demolition.
For small buildings like houses, demolition is a simple process where a demolition contractor brings in equipment like a bulldozer or a crane is used to manually pull down the structure. Demolition of a high rise building or a structure is a more complex process, requiring a commercial demolition expert,which takes many forms and involves a series of steps or stages. Implosion is also a form of demolition, but is not the only, and it involves a series of controlled explosions which reduce the building to its foundation. So, demolition shall be broadly classified into non-explosive and implosive (or explosive so to say).
A non-explosive demolition practice may involve the usage of hydraulic excavators, hoe rams, cranes with wrecking ball and loaders or bulldozers. Hydraulic excavators are usually used to bring down buildings up to two stories in height, in a careful and controlled manner, determining the manner and direction of the building’s fall. A demolition contractor will typically use a hoe ram in bridge demolitions, as it proves to be very effective in breaking down the concrete road deck and piers. When a structure has to be reduced to a desired height, than demolished completely, cranes with wrecking balls are used. However, keeping in mind the safety hazards it could cause, sufficient precautionary measures are to be ensured.