Our properties are where we spend most of our time. Because of this, it is best to make sure that we are comfortable and safe with all the features. This includes concrete surfaces, be it patios, steps, or driveways, it should also be practical and functional. If you’re looking to invest in the property, then maybe it is time to increase the curb appeal by replacing your cracked driveway and getting a better one. To have a better understanding of the subject, let us go over the whole process.
How is concrete removed?
When it comes to removing concrete, doing it yourself could be a huge hassle. Not only would it be greatly difficult, but it would also endanger the homeowner’s safety. Add to that, if you’re planning to work on your own, the burden would most likely be as heavy as the concrete debris, taking way more time than necessary. However, if you have the experience, knowledge, or patience, although not entirely recommended, you can definitely give it a go yourself.
There would also be a lot of recommended requirements when dealing with concrete removal. This would include the equipment needed for the job, comprising of a Jackhammer, or sledgehammer and crowbar, a shovel, a wheelbarrow, angle grinder, along with other necessary equipment. It is also advised to wear protective gear for your eyes, ears, hands, and feet.
When it comes to the steps of removal, it is best to prioritize safety first. This would involve the following steps:
- Equip Your Personal Protective Equipment (PPE);
- Disconnect electricity, gas, and water;
- Check for asbestos;
- Perform a structural test;
- Establish protective barriers and signs
After the steps above are done, it is time to start the actual removal process. Using a sledgehammer is typically useful when the concrete project is rather small. An example of this would be removing concrete slabs that are only about 4 inches thick. Meanwhile, for concrete driveways, jackhammers would likely be required, which professional concrete contractors typically have. The overall idea of this process is to break the concrete into smaller pieces.
In some cases, concrete may also be reinforced with steel. This is why an angle grinder is also recommended to have on the job. Using this, professionals are able to cut through the metal reinforcements. Lastly, the concrete is disposed of correctly, and sweep up any concrete dust from your yard or worksite.
It is also important to know that concrete can still be recycled to form new concrete or gravel that can ultimately be used again in construction. This way, costs could be saved, in the chance that it is recyclable. You may contact recycling companies to check whether they will accept your concrete waste. Remember to sweep and get rid of all the concrete dust as inhaling too much of it is dangerous.
How to find a company to hire?
Not only would concrete companies make the whole process way easier and more effective for you, but they would also guarantee safety. This safety refers not only to you and your house member’s safety but also to the safety of the property. These concrete companies take legal actions, making the acquisition of permits to be rather easier, and even have insurances that will protect them, you, and your property from damages.
Although there are lots of advantages a homeowner could get when hiring professionals, it is still important to be cautious while hiring. A simple internet search will give you a list of potential contractors in your area to reach out to regarding your concrete project’s needs. You may also want to look for ones that have experience.
Our concrete contractors are professionals. We have experience and have been dealing with such work for years. With that said, we can confidently say that we would be able to provide you with the best quality work and customer service.
How much does it cost for concrete patio removal?
As stated in a statistic, it states that homeowners would typically pay around $1,444 worth of professional concrete slab removal. Although the typical range of prices when it comes to concrete removal would only be about somewhere in between $679 and $2,848. It may also range as $2 and $6 per square foot. However, prices may vary depending on several factors. Some of which are how much concrete needs to be removed, potential fees for disposal as well as the location.
How long does it take for concrete removal
On the low end, non-reinforced concrete at 3-inch thickness will take 0.030 hours per square foot, while on the high end, reinforced concrete at 8-inch thickness will take 0.098 hours per square foot.