They say numbers don’t lie and that’s very true when it comes to demolition. We’ve found three numbers that might contradict most people’s perception of the demolition industry. By looking at the numbers you can get a realistic picture of how demolition works and the impact it has on the world.
1% of Demolition Uses Explosives
Sadly, the demolition industry might not be as exciting as most think. Most demolition jobs use high reach excavators and other big machinery to bring buildings down. The big implosions you see on the news only accounts for 1% of the total demolition jobs. You might also be disappointed to learn that wrecking balls aren’t used that much either. Explosives and wrecking balls are much more dangerous than other methods, which is why we avoid them when we can.
2% of Commercial Construction Budgets Go to Demolition
When you compare demolition to other costs involved in replacing a building, it normally costs less than 2% of the total budget. Since there’s no cost of materials, demolition is incredibly affordable. By recycling construction materials, you can sometimes sell the repurposed goods to further offset the costs.
2/3 of US Steel is Salvaged by Demolition
America has a big appetite for steel, and the demolition industry has been feeding this appetite for years. The majority of US steel production comes from steel salvaged by demolition contractors. By aggressively recycling steel, we keep steel costs low and reduce the need of harvesting new natural resources.