Despite being the same thing, the process for commercial and residential demolitions tends to be different in many aspects, with the most obvious one being that Commercial buildings are larger in size.
Basically, the differences between the two demolition projects trickle down to:
- What’s being demolished
- The machinery involved
- And the logistics required
What’s being demolished
Residential demolition applies to single-family homes and in some cases, it may also apply to large multi-unit living spaces.
Residential demolitions can be part of a renovation process because in some instances only some parts of the house are being demolished such as patios, decks, kitchens, garages, pool removal, etc.
On the other hand, commercial demolitions apply to large properties like warehouses, malls and office spaces intended for business.
The machinery and technique involved
Due to the large sizes of commercial properties, heavier machinery like cranes, large excavators, bulldozers and sometimes even explosives are needed in commercial demolitions. As for residential demolitions, you don’t want trouble with your neighbors, so the process is usually carried out with a lot of care and precision.
Residential demolitions may need grading to even space where the house was previously occupied and the same can’t be said for commercial properties because being a city lot means they already have an even ground.
Commercial and residential demolition projects may require different points of contact. In that, residential demolitions require constant communication between the homeowner and the contracting company on the progress of the project.
Commercial demolitions on the other hand require collaboration with other general contractors.
While there are differences, commercial and residential demolition projects are a lot more alike in terms of:
- Both require site preparation for the construction of a new built
- Both need proper permits
- And clean-out
There are so many contracting companies that offer demolition services, make sure the one you choose has the expertise and is licensed.