Masonry demolition can be a risky venture. Luckily, there are safe ways to achieve masonry demolition. In this installment of the blog, we’ll look at four particular methods in which buildings are often demolished. Although we have covered this topic on the blog before, a refresher course is always a good thing to have. Please read on to learn more!
Masonry Demolition Through Implosion
During hot weather, masonry demolition poses many challenges. Sure enough, masonry construction has its own set of challenges, but implosion is not among them. Implosion is controlled method of demolition in which the supports of the structures are systematically destroyed with well-placed explosives. The building falls to the ground amidst debris; however, this method is particularly popular in busy urban centers where the blast radius of the implosion can be controlled more safely.
Through the High Reach Arm
The second method used for demolition is through the high reach arm. Huge machines are used to facilitate this type of demolition, higher than 20 meters in the air. High reach arm demolition is most often employed against decaying masonry that needs to be torn down. Certain factors influence the decision to use this method, however. These methods include:
- The height of the structure in question
- Conditions around the demolition site
- The shape of the structure in question
- Where the structure is
Through the Crane and Ball
The third type of masonry demolition is the crane and ball. This is a classic, time-honored method, in which the iconic wrecking ball is used. The wrecking ball can weigh up to 13,500 pounds – wow! The ball can either be swung into the building, or dropped onto it. However, there are some limiting factors that affect when and where a crane and ball can be deployed:
- Potential removal of rebar
- Need for highly trained and highly skilled operators
- Proper control of the wrecking ball is essential – any mistakes could cause the crane to tip over
- Size of the building
Through Selective Demolition
Selective demolition is a particularly popular method as of this writing. In selective demolition, only certain parts of the building are destroyed. Materials removed can be recycled into newer projects, as they are not left overly damaged. Although a lot of time and work has to go into the process, it can be lucrative, especially if some elements of an older building are supposed to be integrated into its replacement.
Commercial and Residential Masonry Demolition Tips from Del Prete Masonry
If you are looking for masonry demolition, 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.