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The Different Types of Construction Demolition

There comes a time when every building that was ever made will have to be demolished, depending on the quality of the materials used and the building’s lifespan. Demolishing a commercial property or infrastructure calls for a carefully planned procedure. This planning often includes different methods of demolition. Yes, you read that right—there are different types of construction demolition that waste management teams consider before taking down locations and properties. Professionals have to consider what is surrounding the soon-to-be-demolished building, where it is located, how old it is, and many other factors when determining which method of demolition to use. Let’s break down the different demolition methods available.

Selective Demolition 

This type of demolition involves the removal of specific materials within the interior of a building to be used for future projects, for recycling, or for any other purpose regarding preserving. This method of demolition may also be used to protect surrounding structures. 

Total Demolition 

This is one of the most common forms of demolition and deconstruction. The name says it all—this requires complete demolition of an entire structure. This method is often used when a building or infrastructure is so old that it may be far from salvaging. 

Mechanical Demolition

Mechanical demolition utilizes specific mechanical properties and equipment for precision in breaking down construction material. These tools and equipment often include hydraulic excavators equipped with features that can successfully pull concrete and steel apart. 


This method is often used for bringing down large structures in predominantly urban settings. As opposed to using violent explosions, the force of the demolition is directed at critical support points, which cause the entire building to weaken and eventually fall apart naturally. 

Crane and Wrecking Ball 

One of the oldest methods of demolition in the books, the crane and wrecking ball are also commonly used for deconstruction. This method relies on brute force generated by a heavy wrecking ball to bring down structures, usually those that are made out of concrete. The ball can weigh as much as 13,500 pounds! 

Choose Rapid Disposal To Assist You With Your Demolition Waste

No matter how a building or infrastructure has come down, the professionals at Rapid Disposal can collect and transport your demolition waste accordingly. You can contact us today to request our roll-off trucks and to learn more about how they can help keep your project site free of waste.

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