Selective Demolition

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What is Selective Demolition?

Selective Demolition is when a specific part of a structure is demolished. This can also be called “soft- demolition” or “non-structural removal” meaning not the whole building is being demolished. Think of Selective Demolition being done in just one room of a home, or only one floor of a multi-level commercial building.

In addition to the demolition of one specific area, modifying a foundation, masonry removal, façade removal, coring and structural dismantlement is also part of the Selective Demolition process that can be completed by Rock Environmental professionals.

Why and When to Demo?

Selective Demolition is an alternative to completely tearing down an entire home or building. The exterior of the structure must be sound and intact, and then just the interior can be demolished or renovated. A plus to using Selective Demolition versus full Building Wrecking would be the ability to salvage recyclable materials.

These materials can include fixtures, tile, lumber and other reusable materials. That way, nothing is wasted, and as little material goes into landfills as possible. In turn, the environment is less negatively impacted than it would be. This is a smart, responsible – and financially sound – way to conduct these sorts of matters.

Think of demolishing a bathroom with all the fixtures still in it like the sink and the tub. That will ultimately go into the trash and not be able to be reused. The Selective Demolition process completed by the experts at Rock Environmental allow those materials to be recycled.

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Selective demolition being done to front porch

Can’t I Just Renovate on my Own?

Of course! We all like to be a little handy around the house and make updates here and there. When it comes to renovating or updating a room or several rooms in your home, it is best to call the professionals at Rock Environmental. Not only are they skilled in the Selective Demolition process, they are also knowledgeable in the standards required to meet building codes and laws. The cost of a DIY mistake could cost you more than hiring the Rock Environmental Team.

When renovation projects are attempted, dust, dirt, paint and who knows what else tend to get everywhere else. It is hard to keep material into one small location like a kitchen or bathroom. Rock Environmental professionals know all about controlling the environment. They are experts in containment, keeping the dust, water and everything else from getting into other places not being worked on. When working on a specific demolition project, it is imperative for only that space to actually get demolished. DIY demolitions can lead to accidental damage to areas not chosen to be a part of the demolition. Call the professionals at Rock Environmental so your selective demolition project won’t take longer than you really wanted!

In addition to the Rock Environmental team being knowledgeable and experts in Selective Demolition, they are also experts when it comes Asbestos. It is very common for older homes to have the hazardous material called asbestos. If any demolition is performed on a home that has asbestos, the harmful material is released into the environment which can lead to many health risks. The Rock Environmental team knows how to handle any potential issues due to asbestos including testing and abatement or removal.

Selective demolition conducted in kitchen of a home

Impeccable Safety Preparation

There are many steps that must be followed before any type of Selective Demolition can begin. Any asbestos testing and abatement must be completed along with removing any other hazardous or regulated materials. Depending on the type of selective demolition being done, permits might be required by your town or city.

Also, there may be a need to inform utility companies to help ensure safety. Lastly, the site-specific safety and work plans must be created. Regardless of the project, safety comes first. There are always certified personnel on site to enforce safety and precaution. If there is asbestos found in the home or building, the abatement process can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days.

Only after all asbestos has been removed can the demolition begin. There are also other Health and Safety measures that Rock Environmental experts follow throughout the entire Selective Demolition procedure including:

  • Training & certification programs
  • Pre-site inspections
  • Environmental testing
  • Air monitoring
  • Work area clearance
  • Confined space entry plan
  • Fall protection plan
  • Fire protection plan
  • Lead health protection plan
  • Equipment operator's certification & licensing
  • Lock-out / tag-out procedures
  • Respiratory protection plan
  • CPR
  • Safety meetings
  • Emergency response training
  • First aid equipment & hospital locations
  • Decontamination procedures

Why Choose Rock Environmental for your Selective Demolition Rochester, NY?

The professional experts at Rock Environmental are dedicated to our clients. We set a timeline for each project and meet or exceed the expectations as well as stay within the desired budget! Rock Environmental also strives to be the most efficient not just in the work we provide, but also in the cost.

Not only do we work within your schedule, we pay close attention to even the smallest of details and provide every customer with the highest quality of work! Rock Environmental employs only the best skilled workers and uses the best equipment for all projects completed. We walk you through the entire process, and keep you informed throughout the entirety of the job. Servicing the Rochester and surrounding areas, call Rock Environmental today for your Selective Demolition evaluation!