When you’ve decide that it’s time to update your patio with a home demolition project, how do you know if you should attempt the task yourself or call in a professional? Here we lay out what goes into patio demolition and the benefits of DIY construction demolition as well as hiring a demolition contractor.
Any home demolition job big or small begins with preparation. First, clear your patio so it’s ready to be broken apart. Then get the tools necessary for the job: a jackhammer, shovel, edger, or other equipment depending on the type of patio. Don’t forget safety equipment as well, which will include goggles, gloves, and sturdy boots. For extra caution, wear long pants and a long-sleeve shirt to protect your body.
Many paver patios can be easily torn out by prying the blocks up with a shovel or edging tool, but for poured concrete patios, the project is a little more involved. You’ll need to assess the thickness of the concrete you’re taking out. Thicker concrete can be much harder to successfully demolish on your own. Once you begin the actual demolition process, you need to be consistent. Begin at one corner and jackhammer the patio until it breaks into pieces. Continue to move inward, breaking up the patio, stopping to remove the chunks of concrete into a wheelbarrow or other vehicle to transfer it to the dumpster.
Safety precautions in DIY demolition projects are essential. There are several safety hazards to be aware of when performing construction demolition on your own. Once you’ve successfully broken up the concrete or pavers of your patio, you have to remove all of it, which can be labor intensive. It’s important to use proper form when lifting heavy materials to ensure that you do not injure yourself. You’ll also need to get a dumpster rental for all the concrete you’ll be removing. You’ll also want to be aware of the danger of flying concrete chips, as these can injure you or any bystanders. Wear appropriate safety equipment and make sure that onlookers stand a safe distance away.
Demolition services provided by a professional company can save you a great deal of time compared to DIY patio demolition. Oftentimes people abandon construction demolition projects partway through because the amount of work becomes overwhelming. With a team of demolition contractors, you won’t have to worry about lifting heavy chunks of concrete or mastering the use of a jackhammer. Many demolition service businesses provide full-service trash removal, which means the entire project is taken care of, including the dumpster rental and concrete removal, helping save you both time and hassle.
So, if you have a small paver patio or one with concrete that isn’t too thick, you could consider taking on the demolition project yourself. However, if you’re not up to the time commitment, heavy lifting, or any other aspect of the job, calling in a professional demolition contractor could save you time and money. If you decide to call a professional, consider A+ Enterprises Demolition Services. A+ Enterprises serves the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Area and all of Northeast PA. Call today for a free, no-obligation estimate: 570-299-3138.