4 Common Reasons Why Demolition is Necessary

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September 19, 2022

Demolition is the process of tearing down a building or other structure and can be a necessary step for many reasons. Have you ever wondered: why is demolition necessary? In this blog, we'll take a look at four of the most common reasons for demolition. 

Excessive Damage

If your property has been damaged by fire, flood, or a natural disaster such as an earthquake or hurricane, then the damage might be excessive. Excessive damage costs more to repair the building than what could be made from selling off salvageable materials from the site after demolition has been completed.

If you are planning to demolish a building, it's important you ensure the structure is in poor enough shape it cannot be repaired or restored. Another sign of excessive damage can be signs of structural instability. Before starting demolition work on any structure, you should contact a professional to do an inspection of the property. If there are cracks in walls or other visible signs of structural weakness, then this may indicate that demolition is necessary.

Outdated Structure

Structures built several decades ago can be so outdated that it’s dangerous to be present in them. Repairing and rebuilding this structure can be a huge risk for everyone involved. In these cases, demolition is absolutely necessary. Some examples of reasons a building can be considered outdated include:

  • The structure is no longer safe.
  • The structure is not energy efficient.
  • The structure is not up to code, current building standards, or fire safety standards.
  • The structure is not up to current earthquake safety standards.

New Construction

New construction is one of the most common reasons for a demolition project. A new building project may require that an existing structure be demolished in order to make room for the new building. New construction is also the best option when a structure needs to be replaced, or if it's too damaged to repair.

Another reason why property owners decide to demolish houses is that they want to add on more rooms or create more space. If this sounds like something you're interested in doing, Alliance Environmental Systems can help!

Repurposing Land

Another common reason for demolition is to repurpose land that was previously used for a different reason. This can save time, money, and resources. For example, an old factory may be torn down to make way for a new housing complex or shopping center. In this case, the demolition of one building will be considered an increase in value for another building on site. The process itself is relatively simple: tear down any old buildings that are no longer needed; clear out any debris left behind from those structures; and build whatever new structure your business plans require!

Common Reasons for Demo

When it comes to demolition, one important thing to consider is how the land will be used after the building is removed. Will it become something else entirely? Will it be left empty for future use? If so, what kind of landscaping or other modifications will be required?

Another thing to consider when demolishing a building is what happens with all of its materials afterward. For example, if asbestos was found in any part of your structure during testing before demolition began, you'll need some way of disposing of those materials safely and legally—and that can get costly! 

Demolition is a vital part of any construction process and should be considered early on. It is best to plan ahead so that you don’t waste time and money. Alliance Environmental Systems is the leading expert in commercial demolition in Pennsylvania. Our team takes every step of the process before, during, and after demolition into very careful consideration while planning out your demolition project. We offer full-service demolition, asbestos abatement, and soil remediation services. From start to finish, our Alliance Environmental Systems team will take care of you and your property!

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