What Does The Average Demolition Project Look Like?

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October 24, 2022

Demolitions are an essential part of the renovation process. Even if you're not planning on making a total teardown and rebuild, there might be parts of your facility that need to come out to make room for something new or get at hidden problems. It's important that you know how to demo parts of your building so you can move forward safely and efficiently.

Demolition is a process that can be done by hand, with mechanical equipment or explosives. Each method has its own benefits and drawbacks that must be considered before starting any project.

Common methods used for demolishing a building.

  • Explosives
  • Mechanical demolition
  • Demolition by hand (this is done when a building is not in a good enough condition to be demolished using the other methods)

Demolition by hand

The most common method of demolition is the use of heavy equipment, including cranes and excavators. This method is also the quickest, as it allows buildings to be completely demolished in a matter of hours. However, it can also be dangerous. When using these machines, there's always a risk that something could go wrong and cause an accident on site.

The slowest way to demolish your building is by hand—you'll need lots of manpower and plenty of time to complete this task properly. While it might seem like an inefficient use of resources at first glance, using this method actually has some advantages! It's cost-effective (you don't need expensive equipment or training), less risky than other methods (no one will get hurt!), and environmentally friendly (there won't be any hazardous waste left behind).

Mechanical demolition

When you think of demolition, it's likely that an image of a giant bulldozer comes to mind. Although, bulldozers aren't the only way to demo a building. In fact, in most cases, mechanical demolition is more efficient than explosive demolition.

Mechanical demolition involves using heavy machinery to break down walls and floors into pieces small enough they can be easily moved out of the building. These machines are often able to cut through concrete much more quickly than hand tools like sledgehammers or pick axes. Additionally, because mechanical equipment can operate during any kind of weather condition (even indoors), they're extremely convenient for contractors who need their work done as soon as possible—or who simply want to end up taking less time overall than would otherwise be required by manual labor methods.

The main disadvantage associated with mechanical demolition is that it tends not only take longer but also cost more money than other modes of destruction. This isn't always true in practice since there are several factors involved including whether or not you hire an experienced contractor, such as Alliance Environmental Systems.


Explosives are a common part of demolition projects. Most people think of explosive devices as their standard, everyday bomb with an ominous ticking sound and a long fuse that you throw at someone's feet. Explosives actually have many more uses than this.

In short: if you think you've seen it all when it comes to explosives being put into action against large-scale structures… Think again!

The average demolition project falls into one of three categories.

The National Demolition Association (NDA) has identified three categories of demolition projects:

  • Small - less than 100 square feet and/or less than 10 tons
  • Medium - between 100 and 500 square feet and/or between 10 and 40 tons
  • Large - more than 500 square feet or 40 tons

Demolition is a process that requires great skill and precision, but it can also be dangerous. The most important thing for demolition companies to remember is safety first. When you are planning your next project, make sure that you have the right equipment and training for the job at hand so that no one gets hurt! Contact Alliance Environmental Systems for all your demolition needs today!

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