When does it make more sense to demo rather than repair a structure?

Determining if it is more economical to to repair a building rather than hire a company that provides demolition services, like a demolition services in Malibu, CA, is not always immediately apparent. Sometimes it makes more sense to compare price quotes for each option. There are many factors that have to be considered and we are happy to help you with this. An in-person visit from one of our experienced staff can provide you with a greater understanding of what must be done to help you reach your goals. It can be difficult to make these decisions without the help of an expert who has years of experience.


Are there hazardous substances on site?


When hazardous materials exist, it can a complicated the process of repairing a structure. For example, if there is asbestos present in floor tiles that are cracked and must be repaired or replaced, finding replacement tiles that match and which do not contain asbestos will be challenging at best. Also, exposing yourself to asbestos particles which are sure to become airborne will put your health at great risk. Prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers can lead to life-threatening lung illnesses that may not present until years later. It may be safer, more convenient, and cheaper to tear out the floor and replace it. 


Do you have a deep understanding of local building codes?


Building codes can vary from one area to the next. When they are not followed, it can put the building owner’s insurance coverage at risk and cause problems when it’s time to sell because the buyer’s inspector will surely notice and devalue the property as a result. Minor repairs are less of a concern than a comprehensive remodel when it comes to adhering to building codes. Very often, rebuilding from scratch can increase the overall value of the property, and demolition services may cost far less than an extensive remodel.


Do you wish to complete the work quickly or over a long period of time?


If you have a structure that needs major renovations, in addition to cost considerations, the time to complete the work could take months or years (particularly if you do it yourself). By comparison, even the most extensive demolition services can be completed within days. Modular construction of a new structure can be completed much faster than a major renovation. The value of a new building as compared to an old one that is in need of significant repairs will be reflected in the resale value. As a result, your return on investment will likely be much higher and faster to demo and start over than repair and renovate.


Thanks to Nielsen Environmental for their insight into demolition services.