While construction is a complicated task, so too is the practice of demolition, which given safety concerns, especially where products such as asbestos is concerned, is far more controlled and regulated than it once was. There was a time when an old property would simply be bulldozed down or smashed apart with a wrecking ball and a crew would move in to clear the site, which made it extremely dangerous work. As with every industry, especially where there are hazards involved, health and safety now rules how things are done. It has meant that the priorities have shifted somewhat, with being on time and on budget previously in the driving seat, with worker wellbeing of somewhat lesser importance, safety now heads up the list, right alongside environmental considerations. This does not mean that demolition has become painfully slow, as the industry has moved with the times and the regulations, and is as efficient as ever before.
A modern demolition company does not simply smash down whatever was standing upon a particular site as the range of services provided are actually significantly wider. Demolition teams are among the most experienced in dealing with the removal from a building of hazardous materials. This often involves the removal of asbestos prior to the main demolition going ahead, which must be carefully taken down and properly contained before it can be physically removed, though given the nature of what the building was used for, may involve removal of chemicals or toxic materials also. Amongst the range of demolition services, site excavation and ground preparation are also included in the list. Specialist options include what is termed a strip out, where the internal components of a property are removed. This can be the first step before bringing down the outer walls, though sometimes, the outer façade is required to remain in place, especially if the building has some historical significance, meaning mistakes simply cannot be tolerated.
With the environment of ever growing concern, demolition crews no longer simply haul off the old materials to the nearest landfill site, where unsorted materials could subsequently contaminate local waterways with all manner of toxic waste. The demolition industry has become one of the forerunners in the recycling sector, with many boasting rates in excess of 90%, which also makes them an attractive place from where to source building materials such as aggregates. Their activities in this sector, providing them as it does with an additional source of revenue, has meant that it has enabled them to comply with every regulation in the market, without having to charge exorbitant rates for their services.
Fast and Economic
The modern day demolition company is probably faster and cheaper than it ever has been, in clearing a property and getting it ready for the next construction project. Employees receive a level of training and proficiency unimaginable not so many years ago, meaning that the worker today is highly skilled, fully qualified in every aspect of the work he undertakes and remarkable efficient. For projects both large and small, commercial or residential, a once highly dangerous industry has become dramatically safer, and the service provided, head and shoulders above that which went before.
The modern demolition company is about as professional as it is possible to be.