If you have an old patio made of concrete or pavers, it may be time to update it. The first step in upgrading your patio is to demolish the old one. Patio demolition is a very simple DIY project, although it is very labor intensive and requires specialized tools.

This article breaks down how to demolish a patio yourself, and when to call in a professional for help.

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Jackhammering out an old patio

Patio Demolition Preparation

Any demolition job big or small begins with preparation. First, clear your patio so it’s ready to be broken apart. Next, figure out what tools you need to demolish & remove the patio. Most tools you don’t have can be purchased cheaply or rented.

Below are some of the tools you will need to demolish an old patio

  • Jackhammer
  • Shovel
  • Pickaxe
  • Sledgehammer
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Dump Truck/Dump Trailer

How to demolish a patio

Many paver patios can be easily torn out by prying the blocks up with a shovel or edging tool. After the pavers are ripped up, simply load them into a dump trailer for disposal.

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.

Begin at one corner and jackhammer the patio until it breaks into pieces. Continue to move inward, breaking up the patio. Stop to remove the chunks of concrete into a wheelbarrow, and then load the debris into a dump trailer..

DIY Demolition Notes:

Safety precautions in DIY demolition projects are essential. There are several safety hazards to be aware of when performing demolition on your own.

Once you’ve successfully broken up the concrete or pavers of your patio, you have to remove all of it. This can be extremely labor intensive. It’s important to use proper form when lifting heavy materials to ensure that you do not injure yourself.

Don’t forget about disposal of the old patio debris when you have finished with your project. If you use a dump trailer, it is much easier to load & unload than a pickup truck.

Most clean fill sites will accept broken up concrete and bricks. This means you can dump for free or a small cost at those locations.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Patio Demolition Contractors

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If you want to have a professional demolish your old patio, give A+ Enterprises Demolition a call. We are fully licensed & insured demolition contractors in both Scranton, PA and Wilkes-Barre, PA. Our company serves a 100 mile radius of Wyoming, PA and can handle any-sized demolition project.


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Patio Demolition FAQs

What does patio demolition cost?

A DIY patio demolition project will cost roughly $300. To hire a professional service will cost roughly $950, on average.

Where can I get equipment to demolish a patio?

Most rental companies have jackhammers, wheelbarrows, and other tools available for rent.

What do I do with the patio debris?

Most patios are made of either brick or concrete. Many recycling facilities take this material for free or little cost as clean fill.

How hard is it to break up concrete?

The difficulty level of breaking up concrete depends on how it was constructed. Thinner concrete with no rebar will break easily. Thick concrete with rebar requires heavy equipment to break up.