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Pros and Cons of Residential Demolitions

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There are times when an old building needs to be demolished. This is often made compulsory when the structure is deemed too dangerous to be left standing. However, the decision to demolish a structure is rarely made lightly. A demolition is a major project that can bring with it a range of complications. You need to consider whether the demolition will be safe, what the environmental impact might be, whether it’s economically viable and so on. 

There are a number of pros and that are worth considering before calling in a demolition contractor. So let’s have a look at a few of the factors to consider before you decide to demolish and rebuild.    

Pros:

  • Recycling

When you hire demolition contractors, they’re not just going to leave the debris at the site. Demolition clean-up is an extensive process which involves dust control, asbestos removal (if present) and sorting out materials into recyclables and non-recyclables.

Contractors will meticulously go through the debris to salvage materials that can be reused, recycled or resold. Ultimately, this reduces the amount of waste that ends up in landfill while making the process more economically viable for the contractors. Additionally, by recycling these building materials, they are reducing the need to manufacture new materials and products.

Keep in mind that most contractors stipulate that the debris becomes their property once the demolition is finished. If there are materials that you want to keep for yourself, be sure to negotiate it with your local demolition contractor.

  • Improvements in the community

Old buildings can be beautiful, but over time they can become unsafe or the cost to modernise them can make renovating them unfeasible. Demolishing outdated structures can help to revitalise a community and make space for new, much-needed amenities and facilities.

It can also help to increase the value of the surrounding properties and make the area a more desirable place to live. Modern houses and neighbourhoods often attract new home buyers. A growing population will then lead to the construction of newer amenities in the area. This might include new schools, restaurants, shopping malls and supermarkets.

  • Improved safety

When a building begins to age, its foundation and other supporting structures can start to weaken. This poses a danger not only for the people inside the property but also to the people around it. In some cases, the cost of demolishing an unsafe structure and building new may be less than the cost of renovating the existing structure and making it safe.

Through demolition, you will be able to rebuild your home with a stronger foundation and framework. Additionally, building your home from scratch enables your to incorporate the latest technological features like internal heating, solar panels and smart lightings systems

  • Remove dangerous materials

Professional demolition specialists can also help you remove dangerous materials.

This is particularly relevant to many homes in Australia. In the 1970s and 80s, asbestos was a popular construction material. It was widely used in drainage pipes, roofing, gutters, and cement sheeting.

However, asbestos has been found to be a harmful substance that can cause lung cancer or mesothelioma when inhaled. It is a health hazard for both the residents and their neighbours.

As a result, it’s important to hire contractors for asbestos removal. Its handling requires the proper PPE and expertise.

If your home was constructed around the 1980s, it’s possible that asbestos was used in its construction. In such cases, demolishing the property may be a more viable and cost effective option than asbestos removal and renovation.

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Cons:

  • Losing a piece of history

When you demolish your old home, you’re demolishing a piece of history. And you’re not just going to be destroying a part of your personal history, you’re also saying goodbye to a relic that represents a time gone-by.

In many areas, older properties are highly prized and add to the history and personality of the neighbourhood. In some cases, older properties may even be heritage listed, in which case you may not be allowed to demolish them. 

  • Safety concerns and environmental impact

Unless handled properly, a demolition project can come with serious safety and environmental risks. Proper precautions must be taken to ensure the safety of those on the worksite and in the surrounding areas and the safety of nearby properties.

A demolition project can also have serious environmental consequences if not handled properly. Harmful building materials can enter the soil, waterways and the air if appropriate environmental precautions aren’t taken.  

  • High costs of rebuilding

Demolishing and rebuilding a property from scratch is not going to be cheap.

The demolition itself is likely going to run you tens of thousands of dollars. You also have to consider tree removals and additional site costs. It’s a good idea to contact your local council to find out about relevant permits, fees and regulations.

Of course, there’s the cost of building a new home from scratch. Depending on the size and design, this can run you hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars. There you have it. There are pros and cons for residential demolition. On the whole, demolition jobs have a lot of advantages. It allows you to build the home that you want and protects you from dangerous materials and weakened foundations. If you feel that you’d benefit from demolishing your old home, contact your local demolition contractors.

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