3 types of building demolition services we offer

Jennings was founded in 1959, and over the past five decades, we have worked on over a thousand demolition projects. Our services reflect our experience, with our team capable of handling projects of any size and scale.

Here are 3 types of building demolition services we offer:

  1. Big buildings

Big buildings are demolished using machines, but with the biggest structures it can be productive to use implosion to bring the structure down. This involves the strategic placement of blasting charges on internal building supports to knock them out, causing the building to collapse under its own weight.

Multi-storey car parks, office blocks, apartments, high-rises and other building structures like these we would class as big buildings.

The machines used to bring big buildings down vary from project to project but wrecking balls and tracked dozers are not uncommon. With any large demolition project, a thorough disposal strategy needs to be in place. Debris is often loaded onto trucks as it is, or it’s crushed onsite using a specialist machine.

  1. Small buildings

Small buildings are brought down mechanically using machines unless there are materials in the building that need to be reused, in which case the building will be stripped by hand of valuable resources before mechanical intervention.

Hydraulic excavators are a popular mechanical tool because they are purpose-built to demolish buildings in an efficient way. Different attachments are used to suit the material being worked on, such as concrete, timber or metal.

For buildings that need to be de-built by hand, perhaps to salvage precious building material, an experienced demolition team and skilled labourers will deconstruct the building in a safe way using hand tools and perhaps mechanical tools.

  1. Residential buildings

Residential buildings (houses and flats) are the commonest type of demolition project because it’s a case of “out with the old, in with the new.”

For these types of demolition, the structure is brought down mechanically, and the waste broken down onsite, so it can be transported away efficiently.

The demolition process for a house is relatively straightforward – they are pulled down mechanically starting with the roof. Clean up teams may wish to collect waste in stages to prevent a pile up, but this is not always necessary. If the structure is relatively small it can be brought down in just half a day and sometimes less.

Types of machine

Depending on the type of demolition project, we might use:

  • Dust boss machines
  • Bobcat skid steers
  • Low loaders
  • Tracked or wheeled dozers
  • Hydraulic excavators
  • HIAB trucks
  • Wagons
  • Wheeled or tracked tippers

As noted, implosion demolitions are also relatively common when demolishing big buildings and structures like bridges and chimney stacks.

Building demolition services are an essential cog in the wheel of the construction sector. Without them, there would be no renewed sites.

We specialise in all three types of demolition service discussed above. For free project advice, call us today on 0113 255 8919 or contact us here.

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