If you have recently bought or inherited an older home, you may be facing several building concerns. You may be facing rooms that need walls knocked out or flooring that needs to be replaced. When these issues begin to add up, your contractor may mention several options to help you get the more time-consuming aspects of the project completed. One of those options is selective demolition. Here are three reasons to consider selective building demolition for your home project.
1. Leaving the Structural Integrity
One of the leading benefits of using selective building demolition is the ability to leave the structural integrity of the building. For example, if you have a room that has wood rot in the walls and the flooring, but the trusses are fine then you can leave the trusses while removing the wood rot material. This step leaves you the trusses and structural integrity of the room while giving you the chance to start over and put in new floors and walls. This type of demolition also allows your contractors to locate the issue that caused the wood rot and correct it before the new structure aspects are put in place.
2. Mass Removal of Old Plumbing
There are some areas in older homes where old plumbing may be present. This old plumbing can take a large amount of time to remove and replace. This is especially true if the plumbing has been capped off for years and was just left in place while new plumbing was installed. When you use selective demolition techniques, you can access and remove the plumbing easily, allow the plumbers to get in and check the pipes directly for other issues that may cause problems later, and make repairs. New walls can then be put in place with the proper sealants and waterproofing or insulation required for the room.
3. Total Room Rebuild
An issue that you may face with the older home is that one room may be worse than other rooms in the home. You may find that the basement or a laundry room has severe repair issues while the rest of the building does not have extensive issues. When this is the case, selective demolition can target the room with the most damage and give you a blank slate to work with. This type of building demolition can sometimes be less costly than trying to do the repairs a bit at a time.
If selective building demolition sounds like an option you want to take, consider consulting your contractor. They can give you more insight into how selective demolition can be used in your home project. They can also tell you what to prepare for, how the process works, and answer questions you have about the process as a whole.