True to its name, demolition is the act of taking down (or “demolishing”) a structure in a safe, professional, and purposeful manner. For example, if you’ve ever been driving and saw a crane and wrecking ball team parked on the side of the road, that’s a demolition. Perhaps you now find yourself in need of a crew to square away an old infrastructure of yours. If so, here are six different types of demolition services into which your project may fit.

Understanding the 6 Different Types of Demolition Services

1. Selective

Selective demolition is the act of identifying and isolating a portion of a structure to bring down. This way, the rest of the building and its neighbors are left untouched. As a general rule, selective demolition stays away from large machinery—such as wrecking balls and explosives—and is ideal for individuals looking to recycle or repurpose parts of their building.


Total demolition is the antithesis of selective. As its name suggests, it is the act of taking down an entire structure through imposition, crane and wrecking ball, implosion, or mechanical methods.

2. Implosion

Implosion utilizes explosives to bring down a structure. Far from being a chaotic free-for-all, implosion is a highly specialized type of demolition, as contractors engineer a very technical plan of explosive placement to unsettle the building’s structure and force it to fall within its own boundaries.

As this method is more dangerous than any other demolition, it is important that no civilian attempts to undertake it by himself. Contact a professional contractor before embarking on your project.

3. Crane and Wrecking Ball

This is one of the earliest forms, and probably the image that pops into your head when you hear the word “demolition.” With a heavy, steel ball chained to the end of a crane, this method will raze your structure to the floor with its sheer force. However, with the advent of technological advancement in the realm of civil engineering, it has largely been usurped by safer, more precise methods.

4. Mechanical

Mechanical is any form of demolition that requires contractors to use mobile machinery, such as hydraulic excavators, bulldozers, loaders, and so forth, to tear apart the building’s structure. Smaller, hand-held tools can be used either to strip away a building’s interior or for a more precise, selective demolition.

5. Interior

Interior demolition involves stripping away certain—or all—parts of a structure’s interior without doing any damage to the building’s exterior. For instance, if you’re planning a major home renovation but first need a couple of walls in your living room and kitchen removed, this would be an interior demolition.

6. Deconstruction

Within the past twenty years, a greater premium has been placed on repurposing and recycling materials salvaged from the wreckage of a demolition. For this reason, deconstruction has risen in popularity. Deconstruction involves the piecemeal dismantling of a structure with specialized techniques to preserve the parts’ function and usefulness. However, it takes more time than all the other demolition techniques and, thus, can be more costly.

Whether you know for certain which demolition route you’re headed or feel like you need to discuss your project’s specifics with a pro, visit us at Grants General Contracting. Our highly trained crew will work closely with you to discuss your project’s needs, develop a safe plan of execution, and see your demolition through from start to finish.