Demolition

To follow up on the latest construction related article I posted, in this blog I will talk a little bit about demolition as a process. There has been a lot of talk about it lately, especially after the change in US politics which signal a more “pro infrastructure” future and better construction work.

Let’s start off with the basics: what is demolition? Well, demolition or demolishing something, is simply when you take it down to the ground. It’s the process during which (through various ways) you tear the whole building structure and basically destroy it. It is often used by real estate companies when they acquire some buildings and want to knock them down to replace them or put in new housing communities. But not only do companies use this process but so does your average¬†American. There are many people that prefer to tear down their old home and build it from the ground, instead of trying to renovate it and make re-construction efforts. So it is something widely used and many times in cartoons you will see the classic wrecking ball going in and smashing the building into pieces. Of course, wrecking balls are used in demolition projects even today (not only in cartoons) but there is so much more to just smashing a building into pieces. I actually believed that buildings go down in explosions or huge excavators that take it all down at once. I couldn’t be more far from the truth…

A friend of mine that owns a demolition company out in Atlanta, GA (http://www.atlantademolitionservices.com) actually explained to me the details behind a demolition site and the tough work that needs to be done. Many times these tall structures are in the middle of the city with many surrounding buildings and people. So it isn’t exactly possible for someone to go in, and blow it into pieces when damage can be done to properties nearby. They actually need to take the building down floor by floor. So manually, people in that case, would need to go in and start removing all metal and concrete and dump all these in gigantic dumpsters. Then when most of a room would be clear, they would go in and knock the walls down. Rinsing and repeating this process, they would basically go from floor to floor until everything was done.

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DIY Construction VS Pay A Company

So in this post today, I will be comparing the advantages of construction when done by you personally and when it’s done by a professional construction company with years of experience under their belt. There are many times in our lives during which we think we can handle certain tasks. The older group in our audience (older with respect) were a very “do it yourself” generation. In fact, I remember my father who used to always walk around with a screw¬†driver and a hammer. The good thing is, that was the correct way of doing things – and not the spoiled way of today “just call the guy.”

Having said that, there were many limitations to those generation in terms of the things they could get done. And obviously it depends on the construction you do or the type of work you need to get done. So for example, it makes sense that if you are planning to replace a roof with brand new shingles, you can do it by yourself but it would be wiser that you get a professional to assist you, and definitely a team of other workers with you.

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