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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.

 

What Types Of Demolition Are There?

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The ball and crane method is one of the oldest and most used types of demolition.

A lot of times, we are so focused on what goes into building something up that we don’t think about what goes into tearing it down. It seems like it would be a simple, one step solution to demolishing a building. However, there are quite a few different options when it comes to demolition and it is important that you choose the best one for your building when it’s time to take it down. Here are a few types of demolition so that you are aware of your options.

Implosion

The implosion demolition method is pretty similar to what is sounds like, which is an explosion, but inward instead of outward. It is very important that the building is assessed carefully to determine what type of explosives to use and where to place them. They must be timed correctly as well to ensure that everything goes smoothly. They use enough explosives to get rid of the vertical structural supports, hence forcing the res of the building to collapse.

High Reach Arm

This demolition method is done using a machine and is considered high reach when it reaches over 20 meters. The machine can be equipped with different tools depending the characteristics of the building. The first way of setting up this machine Is to use a base that is typically something like an excavator or a tank and attaching it to a demolition arm. The second way is to attach a tool such as shears, or crushers to the base machine. This method is most commonly used for masonry and steel.

Crane And Ball

One of the oldest and mostly used demolition methods, the crane and ball is probably what you have seen portrayed in a lot of movies. This method uses a wrecking ball that could be an upwards of 13,500 pounds to get rid of masonry and concrete structures. They will either drop the ball onto the building or swing it into the building. This method comes with a lot of dust and noise. For concrete structures, there are extra steps that need to be taken to finish out the demolition process. Only highly skilled crane operators should carry out this task because if the target is missed, it can cause the entire crane to tip over or could potentially hit the wrong thing.

Call Del Prete Masonry Today

Whether you want to demolish a building or construct an entirely new one with professional masonry installation, 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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, and Pinterest.

 

Demolition Tips You Need to Know

Friday, November 17th, 2017
Demolition Tips You Need to Know

Demolition is the first step when it comes to remodeling both residential and commercial spaces.

Demolition is the first step when it comes to remodeling both residential and commercial spaces. After you and your designer have come up with the perfect design for the space, next comes the process or tearing down what’s there to build the space up again. It can be a dangerous process but with the right tools and a functional process, you can get the work done in a timely and safe manner. (more…)

Safe Ways to Achieve Masonry Demolition

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017
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Through selective masonry demolition, what’s old can become new again!

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!   (more…)

5 Things You Should Know About Demolition

Friday, February 10th, 2017
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Kaboom! 5 things You Should Know About Demolition

Demolition is the fastest and most exciting construction phase, but there’s a lot more that goes into it than what many people might think. While some assume that demolition just means ‘smashing stuff’ there’s a lot to know about carrying out successful demolition that doesn’t do more harm than good. Read on to learn important some more important facts.

Don’t DIY It

Ignore the DIY craze and get an experienced crew in to plan and execute any demolition. Otherwise you may find yourself in way over your head with a botched job and expensive repair bills on the horizon. Performing a successful demolition is a lot like surgery, and requires an experienced crew.

Apologize To Your Neighbors Ahead Of Time

Demolition is often loud and invasive. If you have any nearby neighbors, they will definitely be affected by it. Be courteous and let them know what’s going on ahead of time so they are not unpleasantly surprised.

Get Any Necessary Permits for Demolition

Unless you live in a cabin in the middle of the woods and your nearest neighbor is miles away, there is no subtle way to sneak in a proper demolition. Make sure you are doing it legally, because if you are not there is a high likelihood you will be found out and get into trouble.

Don’t Try And Live In Your House

Even if it’s just a small part, demolition is loud, dirty, and gets dust on everything. It will be almost impossible to enjoy your home under these conditions, and it may not even be safe. If you are undergoing massive demolition, don’t expect to stick around through it.

It Often Goes Deeper Than Planned

From unforeseen problems with a house, to strange things in the walls, to nonsensical and low quality arrangements of foundational parts, it is not uncommon for a partial demolition of a home to reveal structural issues and other things which need fixing. Budget and plan ahead for that.

The Right Professionals Get The Job Done Right

If you are ready to upgrade your landscaping and hardscaping, 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.

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Frequently Asked Demolition Questions

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016
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Did you know that up to 90% of the materials recovered in a demolition are recycled, salvaged, or reused?

Demolition involves a series of complex tasks such as structural dismantlement, site clearance, environmental remediation, salvage, recycling, industrial recovery and more. As a highly sophisticated craft, demolition requires experts who have specialized training and equipment in order to be carried out safely and effectively. Here are the answers to a few frequently asked demolition questions. (more…)

Properly Demolishing Your Concrete Masonry

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Proper preparation is key to a successful concrete masonry demolition.

Properly Demolishing Your Concrete Masonry

There are a few key elements to keep in mind when properly demolishing your concrete masonry.

Demolition projects should not be taken lightly. Not only do you need the proper tools to take on a concrete demolition project, but you also need to implement proper safety techniques when moving and lifting the concrete. There are a few key elements to keep in mind when properly demolishing your concrete masonry. (more…)