So You Want To Demolish A House Part Four: Structural Demolition

For the uninitiated, demolishing a house can be a daunting task. There are countless factors that can effect the time and cost of your demolition job, lots of paper work to sign and then there’s the actual structural demolition!

To make the whole process a little less daunting we have put together a series of blogs called 'So you want to demolish a house'. Each instalment will walk you step-by-step through the process of demolishing - from getting a quote to the actual demolition.

It has taken us four weeks but we are finally here, to the part where the magic happens! That's right, at this point you should know all about getting your quote, council approval and asbestos removal, which means it is finally time to talk about the actual house demolition. 

 Time to talk about our favourite part of the job!

Time to talk about our favourite part of the job!

Given that performing residential demolition is a fairly big and multi-faceted undertaking, in this blog post we will use the term 'structural demolition', when referring to the part of the process where we turn your unwanted dwelling into rubble. 

A lot of people think of explosives or a wrecking ball when they think of structural demolition; however, most residential demolishers (including Home Demolitions) actually use excavators for this part of the process. This type of demolition, i.e demolition performed with excavators, is known as mechanical demolition.

 Sorry Miley, no wrecking balls here. 

Sorry Miley, no wrecking balls here. 

During structural demolition an excavator methodically knocks down the house, usually working segment by segment. This involves demolishing a wall or two and then sorting the rubble into bricks and waste before moving onto the next part of the house. 

Structural demolition varies greatly in the amount of time it takes: a small wooden shack could be down in just over an hour while a bigger brick home could easily take a couple of days. 

During this process trucks will also come to site to take away the waste products created from the demolition. Materials that can be re-used - such as bricks, pavers or tiles - are taken to be recycled while other materials are taken to the tip to become landfill.

 An excavator can make short work of even the strongest wall. 

An excavator can make short work of even the strongest wall. 

For this reason the location of your house can greatly affect how much your demolition job will cost. The further the site is from a tip, the more time, and therefore the more money, it will take to dispose of the waste. 

Here at Home Demolitions we care deeply for the environment and do our best to recycle everything we can from our demolition sites. This helps to preserve the environment by both reducing the amount of material going into landfill and reducing the amount of new building supplies needed. Plus, since we are able to sell recovered bricks and tiles to recycled building supply vendors like the Recycled Building Centre and Cheap As Bricks we can pass the saving on to you!

Christof

Home Demolitions, Ryde, NSW, 2112

Christof is Home Demolitions resident media guru and content writer. His days are spent blogging about demolitions, brainstorming new ways to educate the public about the demolition process and photoshopping excavators into famous movie posters.