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Archive for the ‘ Demolition ’ Category

3 Signs that a Masonry Structure Needs Demolition

Monday, July 27th, 2020
Here are some signs that a masonry structure in question is due for demolition.

When it comes to masonry construction, good quality can last a lifetime. But even the most study and secure masonry structures will have seen better days. If your masonry structure or pavement is the worse for wear, you might consider restoration or repairs. However, there are some things that are beyond salvaging. Here are some signs that a masonry structure in question is due for demolition.

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Things to Know Before Your Demolition Project

Monday, February 24th, 2020
Here are some of the key things to know before you start demolition.

No matter what size renovation project you have, it will almost involve demolition. The demolition process can be both messy and risky, which is why it’s important to know what to take care of beforehand. Here are some of the key things to know before you start demolition.

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How to Prepare a Site for Demolition

Monday, February 3rd, 2020
Read on for a brief guide for the steps you should take to prepare for demolition.

The demolition process for part of an entire building can be stressful, lengthy, and hazardous. With so much at risk, you must make all the right preparations for everything to go smoothly. Read on for a brief guide for the steps you should take to prepare for demolition.

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How to Know When You Need Masonry Demolition

Monday, November 18th, 2019
Here are some signs that you might need masonry demolition.

Although masonry structures can last a lifetime, there can also be a variety of factors that lead to premature deterioration. If your business masonry structures are looking worse for wear, then you might have considered repairing them. But what about cases that are too bad to salvage? Here are some signs that you might need masonry demolition.

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The Three Main Demolition Methods

Monday, June 10th, 2019

 

Often when people think of demolition, they picture a big wrecking ball or a bulldozer. But even though demolition looks like it’s all about destruction and chaos, there is actually a very orderly system at play. Part of this system is the different methods of demolition, and each one has specific advantages depending on the situation. Here are the three main methods of demolition.

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How to Prepare a Site for Demolition

Monday, April 8th, 2019

Below is a guideline of the steps you should take to prepare for demolition.

The process of tearing down all or part of a building can be difficult, time-consuming and dangerous. With so much on the line, it is crucial that you make all the right preparations so that everything goes smoothly. Below is a guideline of the steps you should take to prepare for demolition.

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What You Should Know Before Hiring a Demolition Contractor

Friday, February 1st, 2019

What You Should Know Before Hiring a Demolition Contractor

When you need a demolition project taken care of you may find yourself lost at how to find the right contractor.

When you need a demolition project taken care of you may find yourself lost at how to find the right contractor. Demolitions can be stressful, and hiring the wrong person for the job can make the process a nightmare, which is why we’ve put together this simple guide. (more…)

4 Ways to Demolish a Building

Friday, November 30th, 2018

A high reach arm is used to demolish masonry structures and taller buildings from the top down.

When we think of building demolition, we often just think of a huge wrecking ball knocking down a building. While this is one of the methods that can be used, there are actually a variety of options when it comes to demolishing a building. The method that construction workers will use depends on factors such as location, building materials, and the purpose of the demolition. Here are four ways to demolish a building.

Implosion

This method of demolition is most often used for large buildings and structures that are in urban areas. It is the most dramatic method because it uses explosives to blow up a building’s vertical support structures, causing it to collapse from the inside out. In order for implosion to be successful, the demolition crew must closely analyze the structural blueprints of a building to figure out where the main structural supports are located.

High Reach Arm

With this demolition method,  a base machine is used that an arm is then attached to. A demolition tool such as shears, a crusher, or a hammer are attached to the end of the arm. A high reach arm demolishes the building from the top down, removing large pieces of the building at a time. The crew then breaks those pieces down and disposes of them. High reach arms are used for masonry structures and taller buildings.

Wrecking Ball

Using a wrecking ball is the oldest and most common method of demolition. It is mostly used to demolish concrete structures, but can be used for other types of masonry structures as well. Wrecking balls can weigh up to 13,5000 pounds and are suspended from a crane. The ball can either be swung into the structure or dropped onto it. This requires a very skilled and experienced crane operator because of the size and weight of the wrecking ball.

Selective Demolition

Selective demolition is a newer demolition method and is rapidly increasing in popularity. This is because construction workers have the option to reuse or recycle some of the building’s materials. The goal of this method is to preserve as many reusable and recyclable materials as possible, making it a more costly and time consuming option.

Contact Del Prete Masonry Today for Your Demolition Needs!

If you are ready to upgrade your home or commercial building with professional masonry installation or replacement, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

How to Properly Prepare for a Demolition

Friday, July 20th, 2018

Demolition is a dangerous process so it is important to prepare the site properly before it occurs.

It may seem that demolition is a simple process that doesn’t go much further than destroying the building. However, there are a lot of risks that come with demolishing a building especially if it is close to a lot of other buildings. That is why it is important to prepare the area before carrying out the process. Here is how to properly prepare for a demolition.

Remove all Belongings

You don’t want to wait until the day of the demolition to start packing up all of your belongings as this can be a long process. Plan several days in advance to begin removing your belongings from the building and far away from the demolition area. Giving yourself a few days versus waiting until the day of allows you to remove everything and also gives you time to inspect the area and ensure that you didn’t miss anything.

Close Off Area

Sometimes, only certain parts of a building are being demolished rather than the entire thing. If that is the case, you want to block off the area that is going to be demolished. This doesn’t mean simply just closing the doors. You want to seal off any vents and windows as well to make sure that dust and debris doesn’t get into other parts of the building.

Make Arrangements

If you are demolishing your home or a part of it, you want to make sure you have other living arrangements. A demolition zone is no place for you or your family, so you want to find a hotel or other place to stay while the process is taking place. If a commercial building is being demolished, be sure to find an alternative workspace for the employees.

Safety First

If you are going to be part of the demolition process, be sure to follow all proper safety regulations. Do not enter the demolition area without protective eyewear, long pants, and gloves. You want to hire a professional if there are walls being removed that have electrical wiring going through them because there is a risk of an electrical fire.

Contact Del Prete Masonry for Your Demolition Needs

Whether you are ready to start your next masonry project or are still hesitant and have questions, Del Prete Masonry is here to help. We have the experience and expertise to get it right the first time. Questions? Want to visit some of our residential or commercial projects? Ready to set up a consultation? Feel free to give us a call at 410-683-0650 or visit us online. We are happy to serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and to keep up with our new and exciting projects, be sure to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

The Steps Involved In The Demolition Process

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Though it seems like tearing down a building is easy, there is actually a lot that goes into the demolition process.

While it may seem like demolishing a building is as easy as just tearing it down, there is actually a lot that goes into the process. The demolition of a building can be dangerous so it is important to plan well and prepare the space. Here are the steps involved in the demolition process.

Creating A Plan

The first step in the demolition process is coming up with a plan. There are different methods of demolition depending on what type of building it is, the material it’s made of, the size of the building, and what it’s near. The goal when creating a plan is to pick the method that is the most efficient, safe, and within budget. Once you’ve decided on a method, the demolition company can figure out what equipment will be needed, how much debris will be left, how long it will take to clean up, etc. You should also include an emergency plan just in case.

Permits

Demolishing a building will inevitably change the landscape and look of that area, which can also have an impact on property value and taxes within that area. Because of this, you are often required to get permits to demolish a building and the requirements for the permit varies depending on the city.

Site Preparation

This is a very important step in the demolition process because you can’t just blow up a building with everything still inside of it. You must clean out the entire building of all objects. In addition, you need to rid of all utilities such as gas and electricity, as well as any hazardous materials. Essentially, you want to rid of any and everything that’s inside.

Demolition

The final step in the demolition process is actually getting rid of the building. Once everything is planned out, you’ve obtained your permits, and prepared the sites, you can successfully carry out the demolition.

Contact Del Prete Masonry For Your Building Demolition Today!

If you are ready to upgrade your home or commercial building with professional masonry installation or replacement, Del Prete Masonry has the experience and expertise to get the job done right for the right price. To explore our residential and commercial services and set up a consultation, please give us a call at 410-683-0650 or contact us online. We currently serve Baltimore City and County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County. To see examples of our work and get more updates, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.