4 Building Demolition Techniques 

We have a saying that in order to build, we have to remove. An old building or commercial space can be used for something else, where the area could be functional again. In order to give birth to a new establishment or house, one has to demolish the old one. When it comes to building demolition, a contractor should consider the location of the building, the materials used and the purpose of the demolition. In this article, we will tell you the 4 demolition techniques performed by Myrtle Beach Demolition Companies. For your building demolition needs, give them a call.  

Building Demolition 


One of the easiest processes of building is the implosion. This is done by having a violent bursting inside the building which eliminates the structure support of the building in sequential method. Companies will use explosives to eliminate the structural supports which are critical. It is important to place the explosives at the right place and its sequential detonation. This way, the building will collapse because of the structure’s weight. This demolition method is mostly used on large structures found at urban areas which need a control method.  

To make the demolition successful, the blueprint of the structured is analyzed to study its main component. Next step is to do a complete assessment of the building; this is done by the blaster crew. This is vital so the crew can properly identify where to put the explosives. The final step involves the identification of the right type of explosives the company should use and how to time the detonations.  

High Reach Arm 

This is a traditional method of demolition. This process involves reaching a height of 20 meters. The demolition team will form a base machine (tank, counterweight), a demolition arm, and a tool attached to the base machine (shears, crushers). The machine used for this demolition technique is equipped with different tools to execute well. High reach arm method is used on masonry, reinforced concrete and other mixed material structure.  

Other tools and equipment are used to crush or separate the rest of the material. Factors like site conditions, height of the structure, shape and location are the factors a demolition team should consider if they use this traditional demolition method.  

Crane and Ball Method 

Another traditional demolition method is the crane and ball, which is also the oldest method. The wrecking ball used weighs 13,500 pounds to demolish masonry and concrete structures. In this method, the ball is either swung or dropped onto the structure. This is a very efficient technique, but it has limitations.  

When you remove rebar in the concrete structures, you will need additional work. Not anyone can do this method; you should hire an experienced and well-skilled crane operator. The smoothness of controlling the swing is critical. It’s also noisy.  

Strip Out or Selective Demolition  

When you don’t plan of demolishing the whole building, you can opt for a selective method. It’s wise to salvage and recycle materials, especially if the building is not that old and still in good condition. This method involves the recycling of metals, brick and woods that can still be used in the construction of the new building. It’s not limited to removal of interior walls, ceilings and others.  

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