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Deconstruction vs Demolition: When to Deconstruct a Building

Construction waste accounts for 12% of Canadian solid waste. Luckily, with the right removal process, waste reduction is possible. 

If you are renovating or reconstructing then you have some options. And it starts with how you plan to remove your old structure.

Find out the difference between deconstruction vs demolition and when to use each.

What is Demolition?

Old buildings get torn down during demolition. They may need repair or replacement. This process involves breaking down the building's structure or gutting the interior fixtures.

Workers use large machinery to break down walls and foundations. Smaller jobs like renovating a kitchen may only require a sledgehammer or power saw. 

Some demolition options need a hazmat professional from Rockridge Industrial Services to complete For example, if you need to remove mould, our team demolished these areas and disposes of the waste. 

What is Deconstruction?

Deconstructing a building means our team removes the structure without demolishing them. Sections are removed one at a time and evaluated for their condition.

Construction material in good condition is repurposed. These materials can be used for the same project remodel or donated to another site. With an average of 200,000 new homes built each year in Canada, built each year in Canada, salvaged materials are useful.

Some deconstruction options don't allow for repurposing. At Rockridge Industrial Services, we remove and separate hazardous waste from useful material. 

Differences Between Deconstruction and Demolition

The main difference is that when you deconstruct a building you are taking your time. This process protects the integrity of wooden beams, drywall, and flooring. 

Demolition quickly destroys the structure without regard to the protection of the materials. These materials then become waste since they are no longer useful once broken. They may be recycled, but unlike a deconstruct, the materials won't be repurposed. 

Deconstruction not only reduces waste, but it also saves you money by not having to buy new materials.

When Should You Deconstruct a Building?

Deconstruction is always the most responsible option unless the structure contains harmful contaminants. Before deciding on demolition or deconstruction consult a professional. We can inspect the building for mould or asbestos to help you make a decision.

Once we determine that your home is hazard-free then deconstruction is possible. We can then make a plan to salvage as much of the structure as possible. You can also decide if you want to keep the saved material or donate them to a charity or project of your choice. 

Getting Started With Your Deconstruction

Knowing the difference between deconstruction and demolition is the first step. Next, you should check to see if your building materials are in good condition. 

We can help you assess the structure of the building. We decide which parts are salvageable and which areas are in need of complete demolition. 

Contact Rockridge Industrial Services today to schedule an appointment and get a free estimate. 


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