Deconstruction, just what is it?

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Deconstruction is a cool new word which simply describes an age old process, it is a catchall term that describes the selective removal and disassembly of certain materials from buildings prior to their ultimate demolition. Deconstruction is a great term, it is also a great way to reap financial and environmental benefits. There are thousands of structures which are tagged for removal every year, if deconstruction did not occur, the landfills would have to accommodate millions of tonnes of debris, much of which can be salvaged.

What are some benefits of deconstruction?

When salvage and reclamation Services in Cheshire is done properly there are a number of real benefits.

1. Lower removal costs: Eventually what is left after deconstruction will have to be demolished and the debris removed. Deconstruction can greatly reduce these costs by eliminating a lot of what has to be removed and due to the value of the salvaged materials.

2. Reduce site damage: When a building is deconstructed the results usually show up with the protection of the plants and soil around the site. It also means considerably less dust and noise from the demolition process.

3. Conservation: For everything that is salvaged it does not end up in a landfill. It has been estimated that 90% of a building can be deconstructed for reuse or recycling. This plays a big role in reducing the amount of landfill space that is necessary as well as aiding with the PR activities of local companies who have the site cleared for new construction.

4. Job creation: Deconstruction is a manual task, there are very few materials that can be removed with power tools and aids. A deconstruction project is an ideal project for training those workers with minimal skills in an ever growing segment of the construction industry.

Which building s are candidates for deconstruction?

In determining the feasibility of salvage and reclamation in Cheshire the key element is the method in which the building was first constructed and the inventory of salvageable items and material. Buildings that have at least one of the following characteristics are great candidates for deconstructing.

A wood framed structure with heavy beams and timbers or a building which uses a lot of unique and rare woods such as chestnut, yellow pine and walnut.

A building which includes high value materials such as oak floors, architectural mouldings or unique windows and doors.

A building which was faced with high quality brick which can be reclaimed, this is even a better candidate if the original mortar has become soft and crumbly.

Buildings which are mostly steel or concrete may be good for a partial stripping, by doing so it will be easier and less expensive to reclaim the steel for recycling purposes.