Our team at DES focus on the best service available for all your demolition needs. We have over 30 years of professional experience in all areas of demolition and removal services from general demolition, soft-strip demolition, asbestos removal, and development, providing clients with turnkey service every single time. It may seem confusing as to what type of demolition you require for the job at hand. It is important to understand the different types of demolition and removal services, to ensure that you make the right choices and get the service you need. We are experts at helping you understand the different types of demolition services. In this blog, we will answer the vital questions: What is soft strip demolition? What is general demolition? We will explore what happens with each service, the benefits of each, and when these demolition services are required and by whom. What is soft strip demolition? Let’s begin with soft strip demolition. This is the process of removing non-structural features from a site to facilitate the next project or renovation. These may include demolishing a building, refurbishing or remodelling the interior of a site. Think of it like this – a soft strip demolition will take down and remove temporary fixtures and fittings, internal ceilings, internal walls, and electrical equipment leaving only the frame and main permanent structures of a building. Soft strip demolition is also simply a type of demolition that falls under general demolition. Soft strip demolition is just one of the many services that DES can provide and will conduct the service in a safe, efficient manner. What is general demolition? The definition of demolition is the process of tearing down a structure, by pre-planned and controlled demolition methods. General demolition is this process and can be split up into different types of demolition. The two most common are: Commercial – The tearing down of a commercial building such as a factory, office block, or retail outlet. Residential – The tearing down of a residential building such as a house or block of flats. General demolition is mostly carried out by controlled methods and the use of machinery such as bulldozers and other specialist equipment. What makes them different? Before we talk about the differences in these demolition services, there are a few similarities that must be carried out when any demolition project takes place. Extensive planning and an assessment survey must be legally performed to study the structure of the building to identify any hazardous materials that may need removing and to see if there are any shared features that will impact another property. The main differences between soft strip demolition and general demolition are quite simple. A soft strip of a property will remove interior and exterior fixtures and fittings that are not structurally integral. The work of removing these is carried out using hand tools such as hammers, mallets, and crowbars. This process creates a high level of dust, which will be contained via the planning stages of the soft strip demolition, and workers will be required to wear protective gear to ensure health and safety. While soft strip demolition will primarily be performed using hand tools, general demolition will primarily use different methods. General demolition methods include: Explosives – These are used for imploding a building, by removing the foundations, the building will collapse in on itself, and is mainly used for large buildings such as power stations and factories. Machine demolition – This is the most common method of general demolition and allows work to be performed from a safe distance. The most common machines used in general demolition are a wrecking ball, bulldozer, pushing arm, and wire rope. When are soft strip and general demolition required? We have established that soft strip demolition is required for the overall demolishment or refurbishment of a building, but the main purpose of soft strip demolition is the safe removal of hazardous materials such as asbestos. DES are professional and experienced contractors who can effectively and safely remove asbestos from your commercial, residential, or industrial property. We will follow the soft strip demolition procedures and carry out a survey to see if you need the removal of asbestos. To remove it properly, a soft strip demolition will have to be performed and our team will complete this to your budget. General demolition is required when a building has become dangerous, or uninhabitable for use or to live in. Demolition services may become a necessity to create space for newer foundations and properties to be built. DES Holdings can provide both soft strip and general demolition services Our specialist team has the expertise and knowledge to help you with your soft strip and general demolition requirements to suit your budget. If you have any questions about the best options to take for your demolition or waste removal project, contact us now on 01527 521 457.