As kids, we always likened demolition companies to corporate grim reapers who came to tear down our favorite playgrounds with their monstrous trucks and bulldozers. But be rest assured that if you see the ADNA Contracting team in your neighborhood, we’re just there to make it safer and more appealing to everyone. Truth is, unfortunately not every building is occupant-worthy and up to code and as a result, such buildings could endanger lives and decrease property value. In some instances, a building might appear pretty decent on the outside but might be suffering some severe structural damage. Same way a person suffering from a kidney infection may seem healthy by appearance. If you’re a property owner, real estate investor or simply just a building occupant, it might help you to know some of the keen reasons why buildings are demolished;
- Age of building- Like every other thing in life, even buildings grow old and begin to deteriorate which would lead to poor structural form, weak reinforcements, poor foundations and a general decline in building performance. Some buildings have been standing for about 100 years and may not be worth keeping anymore, for safety and economic reasons, and would need to be torn down. Historic buildings which may be of societal and cultural value could be preserved, but they may have to be partially demolished owing to harmful building materials.
- Alterations to zoning laws or government buildings codes: there are some rather unavoidable situations where the local government implements changes to the local building codes or zoning laws which leave property owners with no choice but to make very costly renovations and rehabilitations to their buildings which may not even increase the value of their properties. In such scenarios, it may benefit the property owners to demolish their buildings and erect a new one which meets all the new local regulations.
- Deteriorating foundations: when a building starts to develop cracks in the walls, uneven flooring and little underlying movements, it is usually evidence of a weak and unstable foundation. This could be as a result of land sinking below the building, or probably the materials of the foundation have degraded to a point that they are no longer holding the building firmly in place. If left unchecked, the condition would definitely worsen and eventually lead to the total collapse and failure of the structure. In such scenarios, the best option might be demolition of such a building.
- Presence of hazardous building materials: more often than not, old buildings possess enough dangerous materials such as asbestos and thick mold, or even materials that have been deemed no longer fit for public use and as such, such structures may have to be demolished, either partially or fully.
- Plans for change of building use: an apartment complex may be deemed unfit for occupancy and a decision to demolish it before selling or leasing out the property may be a wise economic choice. This is because a vacant plot is a whole lot more marketable.
- Alteration of floor plans: Demolition doesn’t necessarily entail the complete tear down and overhaul of a building. If you intend to make major changes to your building floor plan and spatial orientation, partial demolitions and internal strip outs might be the best bet to tear down certain areas of the building or create more space while preserving the existing structure.
If the above points have been able to convince you as to why you need to tear down that grotesque building you may own or one in your neighborhood, please do well to seek our professional assistance at ADNA Contracting, as we are licensed specialists in demolition services, mold and asbestos removal, spray fireproofing and spray foaming.