Residential vs. Commercial Demolition

Posted by Northeast Georgia Contracting on Mar 21, 2019 3:43:23 PM

The team at Northeast Georgia Contracting has expertise in all areas of demolition, from family-owned homes to multi-story commercial buildings. But did you know different types of demolition require their own sets of permits, machinery and even cleanup? Read on to learn the ways that a demolition expert can bring value to any demolition project, large or small.

The Differences Between Residential and Commercial

Residential demolition refers to homes and buildings that are designated specifically as living spaces, typically for single families. Commercial demolition refers to larger, business-specific structures such as malls and office buildings.

When a demolition is performed in a residential area, the homeowner is usually the point person for the contractor or team conducting the project, especially when the demolition is limited to interior walls and not including exterior elements of the home.

When the building is commercial, however, it’s more likely that a general contractor will be called upon to oversee and facilitate the demolition. Permits governing one’s ability to perform a demolition also differ depending on the location of the structure being razed, and need to be applied for (typically at the local City Hall) at least 5 - 10 days prior to the demo date. Contractors applying for a permit can be expected to provide three sets of demolition plans, including proof of inspection, although exact requirements differ by city and should be researched thoroughly by each individual applicant.


The Similarities Between Residential and Commercial Demolition

While your first thought of demolition might bring to mind images of dust clouds and powerful explosions, the truth is that most demolitions - whether performed on individual homes or towering hotels - are carried out with a considerable amount of strategy, purpose and care. Professional demolition teams understand that demolition has just as much to do with tearing down a structure as it does about containment, prep, cleanup, and consideration of the immediate impact of demolition on neighboring buildings and the surrounding environment.

Whether the structure is used for business or living purposes, all demolitions are likely to contain scrap materials and objects that are capable of being recycled, re-purposed or reclaimed. Steel beams, porcelain toilets, tile, drywall and even masonry bricks can be gathered during cleanup and distributed to scrap yards or delivered to a sustainable waste management facility for proper sorting and disposal.


In the end, while both types of structures require considerations that are unique to their composition, the level of expertise and know-how required to make a demolition successful lies with the contractor or company called in to do the job - so make sure you partner with a company you trust!

Considering a residential or commercial demolition? Tell us about your demolition project and find out how the team at Northeast Georgia Contracting can help.

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