Ways To Demolish A Building

There are many ways to demolish a structure, depending on the type and location of the building. Some of them include


This is a specialized type of demolition that involves using explosives to knock out the buildings vertical support causing it to collapse on itself from inside out. Demolition experts have to study the architectural designs of the building to figure out how it is put together. This helps them decide where to put the explosives and when to detonate it. The goal is to make the building go down in a particular direction and controlling where it falls. This is usually done so that it falls within its own pathway and not onto neighboring buildings or spaces, this technique is usually used for big buildings in urban areas. If you have a big building surrounded by many other buildings you need to find the means to properly implode the building. You will need a great demolition expert who understands all these methods and when to use them 

Selective Demolition

This involves bringing down selected portions of the building, exterior and interior while saving some part of the building. This allows for recycling and re use of materials in new building, blending old with new. The goal is to be cost effective by reusing some materials. Selective demolition can be very slow and it is very labor intensive. It is usually used in light weight buildings in urban areas.


The bulldozer is used for high scale demolitions. They are heavy and very important in construction and demolition. They are used in sites with adequate space and can be very useful for cleaning up the debris. A demolition expert is needed to use the bulldozer to ensure safety.

Wrecking Ball

The wrecking ball is a giant steel ball hung on a crane and used by experts to demolish buildings. It is the most used form of demolition. However, demolition is more than swinging a wrecking ball to hit stuff, it requires highly trained experts to work with debris, materials, weather conditions, mass, and ph The wrecking ball is very heavy, usually weighing up to 35,000 pounds. Highly skilled and experienced crane operators should perform wrecking ball demolition. Expertise in controlling the wrecking ball swing is critical, because missing the target may overload the crane or tip it. The size of the building that can be demolished with this method is limited by the size of the crane and the working room, including proximity to power lines. Wrecking ball demolition creates a lot deal of dust, vibration, and noise. They are mostly used to demolish concrete buildings.


The cost of demolition may differ depending on the  demolition method  you decide to use, the state of the house you want to demolish, the type of structure you want to demolish and the demolition expert you choose to hire. Demolition experts are not difficult to find in the united states.To demolish a house in U.S may cost you between 2 to 15$ per sq. ft.

Take a look at this real time examples

 In Ferndale, Michigan, a 1,000 sq. ft. wood home with asbestos was demolished and returned to grade for a final cost of $10,000. That averages out to $10 per square foot.

On a larger scale, a 15,000 sq. ft. fire-damaged home in Culver City, California w as demolished for a final cost of $75,000. This averages out to about $5 per square foot.

A few more examples are outlined below…

  • Dallas, TX – A 900 sq. ft. wood home was demolished for a cost of $3,000, which is about $3.30 per sq. ft.
  • Bayview, SC – A 1-story, 1000 sq. ft. cottage with no foundation and vinyl siding was demolished for $6,500.
  • Fayetteville, NC – A 2,500 sq. ft. single-story fire-damaged home was demolished for a final cost of $9,000 or $3.60 per sq. ft.

Concrete removal costs about $2 – $6 per square foot, but this may vary depending on the complexity of the project, how easy the concrete is to access with equipment, location, and the demolition expert you hire.

NoLocationSizeTotal Cost
1 Cary, NC 150 sq. ft. $900
2 Grand Rapids, MI 160 sq. ft. $450
3 Baltimore, MD 200 sq. ft. $600
4 Bellevue, WA 300 sq. ft. $5,000
5 Seattle, WA 360 sq. ft. $1,450
6 St. Petersburg, FL 400 sq. ft. $800
7 Hayward, CA 450 sq. ft. $1,100
8 Humble, TX 875 sq. ft. $1,900
9 Long Beach, CA 500 sq. ft. $850
10 Deer Park, TX 700 sq. ft. $1,900
11 Brentwood, CA 1,248 sq. ft. $2,496
12 South Lake, TX 3,000 sq. ft. $3,750

According to Interior Demolition Cost the average cost for interior demolition in $2500.

Most houseowners pay around $5 a square foot for interior demolition, so for the demolition of a 500-square-foot room and kitchen, expect to pay around $2,500. The cost of demolition may vary by area and if you want to have just one material or section removed. For example, a complete tear out is more expensive than removing just a floor.

A partial list of demolition price includes:

  • Drywall removal – $1 – $3 per sq.ft.
  • Floor removal – $2 – $5 per sq.ft.
  • Tile removal – $2 – $5 per sq.ft.
  • Room demolition – $4 – $6 per sq.ft.
  • Wall removal – $4 – $6 per sq.ft.
  • Ceiling removal – $4 – $6 per sq.ft.
  • Cabinet removal – $4 – $6 per sq.ft.
  • Pipe removal – $6 – $8 per sq.ft.
  • Appliance removal – $50 per appliance

Whether it is the demolition of a small house or a big complex, you cannot decide to hire a bulldozer or wrecking ball and do it yourself, imagine the damage that will be caused to persons and neighboring properties. Demolition is not safe or possible without demolition experts. With a little research, you can find a demolition expert or company near you within your price range, for your desired project.