Demolish the Old Concrete to Make Way for a New Patio

Posted on: 3 November 2016

If you're tired of your old, ugly concrete patio, it might be better to tear out the concrete and start over rather than try to repair it and put on a new surface. That way, you can start from scratch and design an outdoor living space you truly love. The first step is to have a demolition contractor take out the concrete. Here are a few tips.

Plan the Project First

You may want to hire a concrete contractor to only do the demolition, but you may get a better deal if the same contractor does the demolition and pours concrete for your new patio. If you begin the new patio as soon as the old one is removed, you'll need to have your whole project planned in advance. Even if you go with concrete again, you don't have to settle for a boring gray or white surface. You could get colored concrete or even stamped concrete that has an artistic design. If so, you'll want to hire a contractor at the outset who can help you throughout the entire process of putting in a new patio.

Another thing you want to plan in advance is what to do with the concrete chunks left behind. Hauling them to the dump could be costly. You might be able to use the pieces for a border or fence if the contractor agrees to break the pieces small enough for you to work with. Thorough planning of the project in advance might save you a substantial amount of money.

Prepare for the Demolition

Before work begins, you or the contractor will need to do some prep work. This could entail getting a permit from the city to demolish the concrete or haul the pieces away for dumping. You might also want to have your land surveyed for property boundaries and underground utilities. There could be utility lines running under the concrete, and the contractor needs to know about them before any digging begins. Finally, you'll need to make the area around your patio secure. This could involve covering your plants and putting plywood over the windows to protect them from flying bits of concrete.

Prepare for a Noisy Project

While the contractor won't have to use dynamite or heavy machinery to demolish a patio, he or she will still need to use noisy tools. The contractor may cut up pieces of the patio with a concrete saw. He or she may also use a jackhammer. Both of these tools can be noisy and cause vibrations and throw dust and particles into the air. If your patio is very large or very thick, the contractor may bring in a hydraulic or pneumatic breaker and backhoe to do the demolition work.

It's a good idea to let your neighbors know to expect some noise, and you may even want to leave the house until the job is over if loud noises bother you. Fortunately, the work goes fast, so you won't be inconvenienced any longer than necessary. When the work is done, you'll be free from an eyesore in your backyard, and you'll have a clean slate for creating a relaxing oasis for entertaining your friends and family.

Talk to a contractor like Garrett Concrete Cutting, Coring & Sawing Inc - Chino about planning your new patio and what to expect during the concrete demolition.

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