What Should You Expect From a Reliable Concrete Demolition Company?
Concrete demolition isn’t a ‘haphazard’ job. Like all construction and demolition projects, it’s best to approach it in a systematic way, preferably by experts. If the concrete volume itself isn’t large enough, sure – you can try taking it head on yourself. Get a sledgehammer, pry bar and some safety gear, and you should be good to go. But is this really the best way to go about a concrete demolition job?
Before going ahead with a concrete demolition job, you need to be able to answer these questions:
- Is this the right time to demolish the structure?
- What should you expect from a concrete demolition company?
- What is your budget and how much will the project cost?
- What methods, equipment and techniques will best suit your requirements?
Let’s try to find out answers to these, starting right at the bottom of the issue!
What is Concrete?
Concrete is a mixture of three components:
Rebars (steel reinforcement) are often used to add more strength to concrete.
Concrete Demolition – Why You Should Hire a Professional Service
Demolition is, much like construction, a job that needs to be done once and done right.
Many homeowners tend to cut corners by trying to demolish concrete structures on their own. While not entirely impossible, this is a route that often leads to more problems than answers. Poorly demolished concrete structures require extra efforts – and money – to take care of. Furthermore, the damage to the strength of the building can only be assessed by trained and experienced contractors. Disintegrating large chunks of concrete into haulable, smaller fragments involves a great deal of backbreaking and potentially dangerous work.
This is why, it’s much easier and safer to let an experienced concrete demolition contractor handle the job for you.
Timing the Concrete Demolition Project to Perfection
Like all things, concrete structures tend to age over time. Therefore, you need to look for certain signs of aging before finalizing the demolition.
Factors That Affect a Concrete Structure
- Natural Elements
The weather plays a huge part in deciding the lifespan of a concrete structure. From heavy rains to strong winds and heat waves to iconic Chicago winters, all elements will constantly be at work here. The most common problem in this regard is that of ‘frost heaves’. Witnessed routinely in and around Chicago, this phenomenon is certainly one to watch out for. The water that creeps inside the cracks tends to expand as the temperatures drop. This results in a localized shear force that ultimately weakens the structure.
As time passes by, the cohesion bonds in the concrete mixture start to give in. This has a direct impact on the life of the structure. A typical result of this effect is the showing of long-running cracks on the surface of the structure.
As the structure is ‘used’ for the purpose it was built for, its strength goes down. Concrete basketball courts, for example, tend to crack after years of continuous use.
Your One-Stop Concrete Demolition Solution
Murray Demolition has come to be known as the premier, fast and reliable concrete demolition company. Operating in the whole of Chicagoland, we have managed to develop and fine-tune bespoke concrete demolition techniques.
Using manual expertise, our concrete demolition experts dismantle small to medium sized structures. The process generates only minimum quantities of dust that our hauling experts readily take care of.
For concrete cutting, we use heavy equipment like sledgehammers and prybars. To help loosen and remove the rebars, we use industrial metal cutters and grinders.
Ball and Crane
This is the age-old method of demolishing large buildings, walls and other structures. It uses the heavy momentum of a wrecking ball operated by an experienced crane operator. In many cases, we use this technique as the primary method before employing one of the other precision methods.
This is a precision concrete demolition method. Suitable for large and small projects alike, this service uses high-pressure water jets to cut through thick blocks of concrete. Being a silent method, hydro-demolition is a better choice for demolition in residential areas.
Pressure bursting involves systematic weakening of concrete. We drill bores at strategic ‘pain’ points in the structure to lower the stability. This allows us to demolish the structure without creating a whole lot of dust or junk.
Controlled Implosions and Explosions
You must have seen the engineering of controlled demolitions on TV. This method uses the same principles to carefully bring large concrete structures down using chemical explosions and implosions. We reserve this method for large structures.
Non-explosive demolition is a method that has gained significant traction in the past few years. In this method, using chemical agents, we penetrate and weaken concrete structures to ease the demolition. Non-explosive demolition of concrete helps bypass most safety and environmental hazards generally associated with such projects.
Same Day Service, No Hassle, No Junk – Call Us Today!
Murray Demolition is the first-choice concrete demolition company for residential and commercial projects in Chicago. Here’s all you need to do have your concrete demolition requirements taken care of by our experts:
- Give us a call on 312-410-8314
- Our experts assess your case.
- Our team visits the site, assesses the project and offers a competitive quote.
- The work begins.
- Our hauling team takes care of all the concrete and metal junk upon completion.
Concrete demolition may not be an easy job, but with our team on your side, it certainly does feel like one! Call us today to request a free quote.