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Frequently Asked Demolition Questions


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.

What is the Demolition Commodity Stream?

Most materials generated by a demolition project have market value and can be recycled, salvaged, or reused. Typical commodities include concrete, aggregate materials, metals, insulating material, ceiling tiles, flooring and carpets, wood, roofing materials, wiring, plasterboard and soils.

What’s the Difference Between Demolition and Deconstruction?

Commercial demolition involves the partial or complete dismantlement of a commercial property, whereas deconstruction requires labor-intensive demolition of a structure as a way of maximizing the amount of recyclable material. As demolition contractors typically recycle up to 90% of the material generated from a demolition project, the only major difference between the two is the labor-intensive nature of deconstruction.

What is Explosive Demolition or Implosion?

Using explosives to implode a structure is only a small part of the total demolition process, but can prove effective and time efficient in many cases. This highly specialized part of demolition requires in-depth knowledge of the structure and the use of explosives.

What is Industrial Demolition?

Industrial demolition involves dismantling structures that were used in the production of goods, such as chemical plants, oil refineries, and manufacturing facilities. Environmental remediation of hazardous substances is often part of the industrial demolition process.

Is Demolition Regulated?

Demolition contractors are perhaps one of the most regulated construction industry professionals. Most demolition projects require permit review in order to ensure that health and safety regulations are followed.

Demolition and Historic Conservation

Demolition contractors typically also have experience and knowledge in the nature of structures and their materials. They usually have considerable expertise in historic preservation, and understand what structural elements can be saved in the process in order to maintain the integrity of a historic structure.

Demolition from Del Prete Masonry

For all of your questions regarding demolition, feel free to contact Del Prete Masonry. Our masonry restoration professionals have the experience and history of satisfied clients to prove that we’ll get the job done right, and cost-effectively. To get started with your demolition project, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County.

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