Demolition and demolition contractors are surrounded by misconceptions. People tend to think of demolition as a business of brute force and big bangs. When in reality being a demolition contractor requires a knowledge of the law, technology, and best workplace practices.
1. Demolition Contractors Just Blow Things Up.
Implosion (and technically buildings are imploded, not blown up) account for less than 2% of all demolitions. Actually most commercial demolition contractors do not do implosion demolitions. And residential implosion demolition is almost unheard of.
2. Demolition Contractors Just Dump Everything in a Landfill
This used to be true but more and more demolition contractors recycle at least some percentage of construction debris recovered from a demolition project. Depending on the project that number can creep as high as 90%. Demolition contractors recycle because recycling saves them money and preserves the environment.
3. Demolition Contractors are All the Same
Demolition is a skill. A demolition contractor who is inexperienced can cause massive and sometimes unrepairable damage to a home. So no, not all demolition contractors are alike.
4. Demolition is Dangerous.
A good demolition contractor knows how to limit the dangers of a given demolition project and control the risks. While demolition is never 100% safe, most demolition contracts spend a lot of time and a lot of effort minimizing the dangers of demolition.
5. Demolition Contractors Don’t Pay Attention to the Law
Demolition contractors actually need a very thorough knowledge of the law to do their jobs. From work place laws to basic contractor laws. A good demolition contractor is one who is a student of the law.