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All About Demolition Types

Demolition Types

There are many demolition types to demolish buildings. Demolition refers to the systematic method of removing a structure using controlled or pre-planned methods. There is more to demolition than just swinging a wrench or using explosives. It requires highly skilled experts who are familiar with various materials, physics, and weather conditions.

It might seem that demolition is the same no matter where it is taking place. Commercial or industrial demolition is very different from residential demolition. Each procedure is different but trust that GreenBar is right for the job and is an expert in all demolition types!

Residential vs. Light Commercial Demolition

It is important to carefully plan the demolition of a residential or light commercial structure.

Light commercial demolition is typically involving structures or buildings that were used previously for business purposes. Residential demolition is a different matter. It involves the destruction of single-family homes, garages, and other structures on the residential property. You may also be able to demolish larger dwellings, such as apartment blocks.

There are many demolition methods that can be used. They may include careful and piece-by-piece dismantling or even one-off destruction. For demolitions in dense urban areas, it is necessary to have more safety measures in place. It doesn’t matter what method is used, an expert demolition team should be hired to complete the job. This is safer, quicker, and can help you save money.

Demolition Types

The homeowner is the most important person when demolition is being done in a residential area. If the demolition does not affect exterior elements, the contractor or demolition team will work closely with the homeowner. The general contractor is more likely to be called upon to assist and supervise demolition if the building is not commercial.

Before the demolition process can begin, there are several steps that must be taken. These include a survey of the site, excavation, the removal of hazardous material, and the planning for safe debris removal and other safety precautions.

Different Methods

Using Bulldozers

The demolition of small, residential homes is often done with bulldozers. The bulldozer is used for removing and then transferring the debris to the trucks. While removing and transporting the debris, the operator of the bulldozer should be cautious and protect surrounding structures.

Selective Demolition

Also known as strip-out demolition, selective demolition is also called “strip-out demolition”. Because property owners can reuse or recycle materials, it is gaining popularity. This involves removing a specific area of an exterior or interior building or house while protecting or conserving the rest. It preserves nearby buildings and areas.

Selective demolition has gained much popularity in today’s eco-conscious society. The removal of walls, ceilings, and pipes is usually part of interior demolition. This is a great option for building extensions, remodels, and building upgrades. It can also be used to repurpose and recycle materials in order to reduce the environmental impact. However, this process is labor-intensive, time-consuming, and can be difficult.

Mechanical Demolition

This type of demolition requires specialized equipment and tools. Excavators equipped with special attachments can break steel and concrete and “chew” apart buildings. Skid steer loaders, demolition robots, and other smaller tools can also be used.

Excavator Demolition

An excavator is often used to dismantle smaller structures, such as residential homes or offices. A heavy-duty excavator is required for tall buildings, such as those made from concrete, steel, or masonry, that exceed 60 feet in height. A high-reach excavator is safer and cleaner because it produces less noise, dust, and flying debris and presents less risk to the operator.

Wrecking Ball Demolition

A classic example of demolition is the wrecking ball. A huge steel ball suspended from a crane is used in this method. The steel ball is then swung into a building, and gravity assists with its weight and inertia to bring it down.

The wrecking ball works like a pendulum. The crane operator uses momentum to generate the required amount of force. To create the maximum velocity, the crane operator releases the weight from the highest point.

This type of demolition is quick and easy, but it can also cause a lot of noise, dust, and debris and pose safety risks. This type of demolition is very rare today.


Implosion is the most dramatic method of destroying a building. This is a great method to demolish larger residential buildings such as apartment blocks. Explosives are used in the implosion technique. They remove the primary vertical supports of a structure, which causes it to collapse from the interior.

Explosives are used to cause an implosion, which is a delicate and delicate demolition process. It collapses when the structural supports are removed using explosives. It collapses within its footprint. It may also fall along a predetermined path.

To ensure a safe and successful demolition, it is crucial to place the explosive charges correctly and follow the detonation sequence.

After the Demolition

Workers face many challenges after demolition. These include noise, dust, chemical exposure, heat, and ventilation problems. No matter if it is a residential or commercial building, safety and health precautions must be taken.

No matter if the structure is used for business or living purposes, demolitions will likely contain scrap materials and materials that can be reclaimed, reused, recycled, or repurposed. You can safely collect drywall, steel beams, and tiles, as well as porcelain toilets and masonry bricks during the cleanup, or distribute them to scrap yards. For proper disposal, those not salvageable can be taken to a waste management facility.


Demolition may be necessary for many reasons. Maintaining a property might not be worthwhile. You may need to sell it or It may be time to consider an upgrade or expansion. Demolition with GreenBar Excavation is affordable and you can be sure the process will go smoothly and safely. Greenbar Excavation can provide any excavation service that you require. Greenbar Excavation has been providing quality excavation services to central Oregon for over ten years. We understand the importance of knowing what you are working on. Greenbar Excavation is a fully licensed, insured, and accredited excavation company based in Prineville, Oregon. Greenbar is one of the top excavation and demolition companies in Central Oregon. Don’t look any further, go with the company with your best interest in mind! We offer a multitude of services which include:

Call us today with any questions about demolition types, our fantastic demolition services, and what we can do for you!