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Concrete Demolition

We can remove your old concrete and replace it with sod, interlock or new concrete. If the concrete is in good condition it can also be used as a base for a new  flagstone patio. 

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How is Concrete demolished?

Concrete demolition is a process that involves breaking down and removing concrete structures or surfaces. Depending on the size and type of structure, various methods may be used. Here are common techniques for concrete demolition:

  1. Manual Demolition: For smaller structures or portions of concrete, manual methods may be employed. This includes the use of handheld tools such as sledgehammers, jackhammers, and pry bars. Manual demolition is typically labor-intensive and time-consuming.

  2. Excavator with Hydraulic Breaker: Hydraulic breakers, also known as hydraulic hammers, are attachments that can be mounted on excavators. The high impact force generated by the hydraulic breaker allows for efficient breaking of concrete. Excavators equipped with hydraulic breakers are often used for demolishing larger concrete structures.

  3. Concrete Sawing: Concrete saws with diamond blades can be used to cut through concrete surfaces or structures. This method is useful for controlled cutting, such as creating openings in walls or removing specific sections. Different types of concrete saws include flat saws, wall saws, and wire saws.

  4. Bursting and Crushing: Hydraulic bursting is a method used to break up concrete structures by applying lateral forces. It involves drilling holes into the concrete and then expanding hydraulic pistons to induce cracking. Concrete crushing involves the use of heavy equipment fitted with jaws to crush and break concrete into smaller pieces.

  5. Explosive Demolition (Blasting): In some cases, controlled explosive demolition may be employed for large concrete structures. This highly specialized technique involves strategically placing explosives to create a controlled collapse. Explosive demolition is carefully planned and executed by licensed professionals to ensure safety and minimize environmental impact.

  6. High-Reach Excavators: High-reach excavators, equipped with specialized attachments, are used for the controlled demolition of tall structures such as buildings or bridges. These machines allow operators to reach elevated areas and systematically dismantle the structure.

  7. Crane and Wrecking Ball: While less common in modern demolition, the classic wrecking ball attached to a crane can still be used for certain concrete demolition projects. The wrecking ball swings into the structure, causing impact forces that break the concrete.

  8. Thermal Methods: Thermal methods involve using extreme heat to weaken and break down concrete. Techniques such as using torches or specialized thermal lances can be employed to cut through reinforced concrete.

Regardless of the method chosen, safety is a top priority during concrete demolition. Protective equipment, proper training, and adherence to safety regulations are crucial. Additionally, environmental considerations and waste disposal regulations must be taken into account when removing and disposing of concrete debris. Professional demolition contractors with experience in concrete demolition are often hired to ensure a safe and efficient process.

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