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.
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 London 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.
Building implosion or demolition using explosives is considered to be the last alternative, since it can prove to be a dangerous method; even a slight error can lead to devastating damage of the surrounding buildings and the flying debris could harm the near by observers even to the extend of killing them. Usually it is done by a series of planned explosions within a building, thereby weakening the support structures leading to a collapse.
Unlike construction, demolition is quick and takes less time, but one of the most time consuming and tiresome part of the process would be the preparation stage. Before starting the core process, long and tedious planning is required, especially if the chosen method is implosion. A demolition contractor starts the process with the removal of valuables from the building, such as the copper wiring; then follows the removal of materials like glass, asbestos sheets and other materials, which are considered to cause serious safety hazards during and after demolition. A much more tedious process has to be followed after demolition, which is the clean-up of the debris or what is known as hauling.
The entire process of demolition could become a nightmare come true unless it is handled by experts who have thorough knowledge and experience in the industry. It would be wise to choose a good demolition company which ensures constant interaction through out the process and that will be easy to work with. It would be even wiser to chose a company which offers a wide range of services, so that it becomes easier to deal with a single company right from demolition planning to hauling. Companies like Peninsula Hauling and Demolition Company have proven to be the right choice for many clients. They are a one stop shop for the entire process and they offer better rates than other demolition companies. Companies like these have professionals who have been in the business for many years and have a vast amount of experience, further more; the flexibility to work together ensures that the entire demolition process becomes hassle free.
Along with safety precautions, commitment to the environment should also be considered, as demolition debris is considered to cause severe damage to the environment if it is not properly disposed. Obligations towards the environment could be fulfilled by ensuring that the demolition company in contract is certified ‘Green’ by an authorized agency.