Like all things construction related, the demolition process isn’t as simple as it looks. If it was, there wouldn’t be a need to obtain demolition permits or adhere to safety protocols, meaning anyone could demolish a building. This simply isn’t the case because the demolition of any building is a complex and hazardous undertaking.
There is careful planning which goes into every demolition job, experts such as, Melbourne based demolition specialists, Melbourne Demolition Services will look at numerous elements to determine the best practice and method. There are many different types of demolition methods ranging from progressively dismantling a building to implosion techniques dependant on the structure type and location of the project. When taking on any demolition project it is imperative that experts consider the safety aspects before deciding which method is suitable.
It is no secret explosives are often used in the demolition of larger scale buildings or commercial demolition across the globe, however, using explosives in a residential neighbourhood will unlikely meet safety protocols. The most common method for residential demolition, usually being a house or unit in a suburban area is via the use of an excavator as it is safe and quick. In some cases, other larger machinery and equipment is required and is widely dependant on the building materials and access to the site.
For the average house demolition, an excavator can be conveniently used to safety and swiftly disassemble any building. If most cases this can be completed within one to three days. For larger, taller and more complex jobs a high reach excavator may be required which are an efficient and cost effective solution. If it is agreed that the excavator method is best suitable, a demolition expert must then determine which attachments are best suited.
There are many attachments to an excavator to assist the demolition contractors such as, hydraulic hammers, crushers and shears. This technique requires highly trained operators to ensure the demolition project is carried out safety and in a timely manner. Using a hydraulic excavator is usually the best option for destroying one to three storey properties by using an ‘undermining’ process which helps the demolisher control the direction of the fall of the structure, which in turn, prevents any damages to neighbouring properties during the demolition process.
Using the hydraulic excavator with applicable attachments to demolish a residential building usually takes up to one to three days. The long arm of the machine can usually start stationary in the front yard, then slowly moving around the building reaching up to the roof to start the tear down ensuring the machinery is always stabilised. The excavator can usually be used to demolish all aspects of the building including, the roof, frame, external claddings and the interior fit out such as wooden flooring and kitchens. If any of the interior fit out is to be maintained, it may well be the deconstruction method may be best suitable.
This video link shows how a house can be destroyed in no time using the excavator method.