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Residential Demolition: What You Need To Know

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Residential demolition is a long, arduous process that can bring anxiety to any home or property owner.

The mere idea of tearing down or removing a part of your property can cause stress and worry throughout the entirety of the process. This stress is especially prevalent if, as you watch the demolition, you don’t have an idea of what is happening or why it is being done.

You’re not alone. With an average of 270,000 homes torn down annually in the U.S., there are plenty of property owners going through the same stress. The fear of discovering an unknown weakness in your property’s structure, hidden materials in your property’s structure, and safety are all key concerns when it comes to residential demolition.

As a property owner, you should know exactly what is going on throughout the process of residential demolition. Not only will this ease your mind, but it will give you insight as to why your contractor is working in a chosen fashion in order to do the job safely and correctly.

Today, we’re taking a look at several different forms of residential demolition and letting you in on what you need to know to get the best experience out of the process.

Concrete Driveway Demolition

Concrete contractors often have to demolish portions of concrete driveways as part of their job. Commonly, however, concrete-specific contractors do not actually specialize in driveway demolition.

Safety is one of the biggest concerns in any demolition project, but this is especially prevalent in concrete driveway demolition. Concrete driveway demolition should only be done with the proper tools to avoid injuries. Additionally, face and eye protection should be worn throughout the process to avoid the small, sharp fragments of concrete chips and splinters that can fly up from the demolition and pierce the skin.

An excavator or a ball and crane may be used for large-scale concrete demolition projects and should be managed safely. A good contractor will know how to handle these tools correctly and use them efficiently. The ball on the ball and crane, for example, should not exceed the lower of 50% of the crane’s rated load capacity. It should also not exceed 25% of the breaking strength of the rope or chain on which it is suspended.

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Deck & Patio Demolition

There are several different scenarios in which demolition of a deck or a patio can take place. Whether you are replacing it or getting rid of the extension completely, there are several factors that will change the complexity and the process of deck or patio demolition.

If your deck is larger than the average deck, it will be more expensive to remove, take more time, and require more labor. Deck timbers are usually pressure treated with certain chemicals that make it illegal to burn them, as would be traditionally done in waste removal efforts. If your deck is made of this material, waste removal may be more expensive. You may want to consider getting a dumpster to haul away all of the debris. Make sure you know your contractor is responsibly hauling away and disposing of any waste that your demolition project produces.

Bathroom Demolition

Construction-wise, your bathroom is a sensitive area with plenty of glass, water pipes, and electrical wiring. Before your bathroom demolition project begins, it’s best to have a plan of what you want to replace it.

First, your contractor will shut off the electricity and the water going to your bathroom. All water must be drained from your fixture’s pipes, so your contractor will likely turn on the faucet for some time until it stops running. All wall fixtures and mirrors must be removed.

Removing the shower, bathtub, and commode are the most time-intensive aspects of your bathroom demolition that require patience and a careful eye. There is no such thing as taking a sledgehammer to it, especially when water is involved.

The first step to removing a bathtub or shower stall is removal of all handles and spouts as well as the metal drain basket first. Secondly, tub or stall walls are removed to make room. After that, a contractor will be able to use a utility knife to break through the caulking holding your tub or shower stall in. This should allow for easy removal.

Removing the commode takes a little more concentration as each step unfolds. The threaded inlet supply pipe beneath the bottom of the toilet tank must be separated from the tank and the supply line valve. The tank should then be removable, but this process varies based on the age and style of your toilet. 

If your contractor is using a different method, don’t be afraid to ask about the process and how it will affect your bathroom’s opportunity for remodel. Depending on the style of your bathroom your utilities, the process could call for different measures or techniques that a good contractor will be happy to explain to you.

Carpet and Flooring Removal

Carpet and flooring removal are some of the most popular DIY demolition projects, but there are plenty of dangers that come with carpet and flooring removal that can cause trouble if you’re not careful.

A contractor will likely remove any doors that swing into a room before you begin removing the floor or carpet and will proceed by removing the carpet from the tack strip alongside the wall. They will then begin to slice the carpet into manageable strips with special tools that make it easy to get the exact cut necessary.

When it comes to flooring removal, the process will vary dramatically based on whether the floor is tile, linoleum, or wood. For the most part, homeowners agree that flooring removal is one of the most frustrating home remodeling tasks and often decide to just put a new floor over the old one. Talk to your contractor to figure out how they plan to tackle the flooring project and why they’re deciding to take the measures planned.

It’s important that you make the decision as to whether you want to preserve the floor underneath your carpet or current flooring. If so, make sure to tell your contractor as their plan of action may change based on this desire.

An experienced contractor will be able to avoid the obstacles that can come up during carpet and flooring removal. For example, the underfloor can be easily damaged in the process of removal. Additionally, dangerous dust and debris can arise from your old carpet during removal that can cause respiratory problems and allergies. Glue residue and chemicals can also present issues during flooring removal, but a contractor has the tools and knowledge to prevent problems.

Shed Demolition & Removal

Safety is key in any demolition project, but it is especially important to take extra precautions when taking down a structure that is much larger and heavier than you are. When your shed has outlived its usefulness, it’s time to take it down. Shed demolition and removal, however, can come with a lot of uncertainty that can bring danger. This is especially true if your shed has been around for a long while.

That being said, shed demolition is similar to the construction process in that it is a project that takes patience and a step-by-step approach. A contractor will start by safely removing the windows, doors, and any other loose items that remain on the shed such as lights. Next, it’s essential that the roof is removed. This is the part of the process that takes away most of the shed’s stability, so it’s important that the roof removal is done safely to avoid destruction of the shed that could cause severe injury.

Broken glass and other sharp items, rusted fixings such as nails and bolts that can be difficult or impossible to remove, sections that are too heavy for one person to lift, and disposal are just some of the problems that can be faced if you decide to take on demolition as a DIY project. A contractor will know how to handle each and every one of these problems and can get the project done swiftly and safely.

Playset Demolition and Removal

So you’ve decided it’s time to get rid of that rusting, abandoned playset in your backyard. While it may have gotten a lot of use in the past, there comes a time when the playset is no longer in use. Years of weathering and damage can not only make a playset appear unsightly, but can make it a hazardous area for any children who stumble upon it.

Contractors see this all the time. We’re experienced in taking down playsets because they’re so often in need of demolition. First, a contractor will remove any swings, ropes, or wayward parts on your playset. Then, any extensions such as monkey bars or swingset rails will come off. That’s when the contractors begin removing the roof of the playset and then dismantling the remainder.

Office Cubicle Removal

Anyone who works in an office knows that when the office needs a renovation, the construction needs to be done quickly and carefully. Any injuries that occur because of faulty office cubicle removal or office demolition can result in injured employees and this can cost the company big money.

While office cubicles are relatively easy to take apart, the job requires several tools and a lot of time for each desk detachment and cubicle removal. Depending on the number of cubicles you are removing, the job could take several hours to several days of labor. This could also depend on the type of cubicles your office space is using, whether there is an attachment to a connector rail, and the number of storage shelves in your cubicles. Each aspect needs attention and removal.

Office cubicles cannot be recycled like other forms of demolition debris (such as plywood) because of the large amounts of metal and plastic-based cloth used in creating them. Your contractor will likely have a handy connection to an office cubicle recycling or pick-up group that can assist in getting rid of the debris quickly and easily. Alternatively, a contractor can work with you to perform a demolition extra carefully to save your office cubicles for resale or refurbishing following removal.

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Landscaping Removal

The ease of a landscaping removal project varies greatly depending on several factors, such as the look you are going for when it comes to your landscaping project, the extent of any replacement you plan on implementing, and the state of your yard as-is.

Before attacking a landscaping removal project, ask yourself a few questions. Is there a surplus of rocky terrain in your yard? Are you not sure what you want your yard to end up looking like? Do you want the project done swiftly? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re going to want to contact a professional to get started and begin planning your project.

No one should go into a large-scale landscaping project without a plan. An experienced contractor can not only assist in telling you what could look great on your land, but will be able to give advice on how well your project will thrive based on the region’s weather, your land’s soil quality, and the layout of your land. Additionally, removal of any landscaping can be dangerous as it may have an impact on the efficiency of your electric lines, your septic system, or your water lines. It’s extremely important to know where these important lines and pipes are and be mindful of them before doing any digging.

Debris Removal

At the end of the demolition, a good contractor will take precautions in removing debris. Debris removal is arguably the most important step, as nails, splinters, tools, and sharp metal shards left behind after a demolition project can cause serious injury. There is no reason these dangers should be present in your home following a project when you’ve trusted a contractor with the task.

Make sure you know how your contractor is getting rid of the debris from your demolition project. 20% of what people call “waste” coming from a demolition project is wood. This wood alone can easily be recycled by a knowledgeable demolition contractor who cares for your home and for the environment.


A property owner should feel comfortable asking their contractor about the demolition process and the reasons behind any methods used. With such a dangerous task at hand, it makes sense that a property owner should be confident in their contractor’s abilities to safely and effectively carry out any demolition project. If you’re interested in starting up your own demolition project, contact us at (618) 659-9007 or send an email to [email protected].

Ask A Roofer: Your Trickiest Roofing Questions Answered

It’s no surprise that here at CJD Construction, our professionals receive dozens of roofing questions daily. Today, we’re sharing answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we receive.

Q. How do I know I actually need a new roof?

The most obvious sign of need for a new roof is visible roof damage. If your roof’s shingles are shifting, curled, darkened, or completely missing, your roof may be experiencing some serious damage. Leaks and drafts may also serve as cues to replace your roof, but it’s best to consult a professional before taking action yourself.

There are, of course, less obvious signs of need for a new roof. One of the most common reasons for a roof replacement is age. If your roof is over 20 years old, it’s likely that it’s due for a replacement. Even if your roof is relatively new, there is no guarantee that it’s in peak condition without a professional inspection. A yearly roof inspection is key to maintenance and will ensure that your roof is in good working condition.

Q: How much does a new roof cost?

No two roofs are exactly the same. Even when houses are similar, the pricing of roof installation varies. That being said, you should never pick a roofer based solely on price.

Firstly, your roofer’s experience, skill, and professionalism can obviously effect the cost of roof installation. It’s pivotal that you do research on your roofer’s work to ensure that you’re getting exactly what your home needs. At CJD Construction, we dedicate our time to working with clients to ensure the best quality at the best price.

Secondly, the superiority of the materials your roofer uses is going to determine how much the installation of your new roof cost. Keep in mind that the materials your roofer uses may affect how long your roof lasts and how durable it is against weathering and damage. Our roofing experts are happy to work with you to determine what is best for your needs.

Q. How long does roof installation typically take?

Again, all roofs differ. Depending on where you are, what you’re looking for, and the nature of your home, there can be dozens of variables regarding the timing on your project’s completion.

Specific factors such as the complexity of removing the old roof, the availability of necessary materials, and even weather can also change how long the process will take.

Q. Is there anything I should do to prepare for the roof installation?

Replacement of a roof is a noisy (and sometimes messy) process. In order to ensure the best experience for you and your family, consider planning to leave the house while contractors are working on the noisier aspects of the project. At CJD Construction, our roofing contractors take care in making sure that our work is not only precise, but doesn’t leave a mess in its wake.

Keeping your pets in mind is also a precaution you may want to take. Typically, animals are not fond of the loud noises caused by the removal and replacement of shingles. Getting your pets out of the house or providing them a quiet space may ease the process.

Q: My neighbor mentioned that some of the “flashing” on my roof looked as if it was in bad shape. What exactly is roof flashing?

Flashing is an aluminum or steel material that goes over joined to prevent water seeping in and causing damage. Flashing can show damage because of weathering or oxidizing and it can occasionally come loose.

If your roof is showing some flashing damage, it’s likely that there is little need to worry. Under most circumstances, flashing can be easily fixed by a roofing professional.

Q: What is the best way to keep the valleys in my roof from leaking?

The valley in your roof is essential to direct rainwater down the edge of your roof. In order to protect your valleys from leaking, a roofing professional can install underlayment.

There is some debate about what the best underlayment is. Three of the most popular options are metal flashing, double coverage roll roofing material, and ice and water shields. Each option has its perks, but it depends on your circumstances. For example, some conditions wherein ice and water shields are installed require additional metal flashing. A roofing professional will be able to assess your needs and determine which underlayment process is the best fit for you.

Any more questions? CJD Construction is here to make sure you have answers. If you need help getting started on your next roofing project, call us at (618) 659-9007 or send us an email at [email protected]!

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Your Roof and Storm Damage: The Road to Recovery

It’s that time of year again. The seasons has brought with it varying storms of hail, snow, wind, and rain. Naturally, this inclement weather causes plenty of inconveniences. One especially critical inconvenience, however, is the damage caused to homes by this storming.

While it’s often forgotten, your roof is one of the most important areas of your home. Even a small leak in your roof can cause damage to the insulation and structure of your home. Storms are one of the biggest culprits of roof damage, but there are steps you can take to recover and prevent it.

Know the Signs of Roof Damage

The longer you wait after a storm to find that your roof is damaged, the more laborious your repairs will be. If you are able to identify roof damage after a storm, you’ll be able to prevent increasing damage over time, resulting in lower costs for repair and less trouble.

Common signs of roof damage include:

  • Missing shingles
  • Bruises or dented asphalt shingles
  • Cracked or broken tile, slate, or concrete shingles
  • Granules collecting in gutters or downspouts
  • Leaks in your roof or ceiling
  • Dents on vents, gutters, or flashing

You may find that there’s more damage to your home than you originally anticipated. If something fell on your roof in the midst of the storm such as a tree, you may find yourself with structural damage beyond just the extensive repairs that need to be done to your roof.

While a tree falling on your roof calls for obvious and immediate attention, you may find that your roof is missing a few shingles after a storm. Something as seemingly miniscule as a missing shingle or two can cause serious problems such as moisture penetration, mold, widespread insulation damage, and leaks.

Call Your Local Roofing Professionals

Roof damage can be invisible and dangerous. Just because there’s no visible damage to your roof does not mean that the storm has left it unscathed.

Even if you’ve done an inspection on your own, the best method for recovering your roof after a storm is calling a professional to not only inspect, but rebuild and fix your roof.

Having a licensed, insured, and bonded professional care for your roofing needs will surely ease the stress of dealing with storm damage. CJD Construction has over ten years of experience and offers roofing services and storm damage repairs tailored to your needs. Whether it’s a simple inspection or a full replacement, CJD takes into account what you’re looking for and works with you to find the best way to satisfy that.

Call Your Insurance Company

If your roof has suffered serious storming damage, make sure to give your insurance company a call. It’s very likely that they will cover some, if not most of the cost of repairing your roof.

Don’t have insurance? Don’t wait. Putting off repairs because of lack of insurance will create more damage to your roof and result in a fluctuation of trouble and costs. While these repairs may be out of pocket for now, consider getting insurance coverage for future roof problems and home repairs due to storm damage- especially if you live in an area where nature’s excitement is a common occurrence.

In the Future, Perform Annual Roof Inspections

Inspecting your roof for damage at least once a year can save you time and money when it comes to making repairs and keeping your home free of water, heat leaks, mold, and more. With most hail storms happening in the Midwest U.S., monitoring the condition of your roof is one of the most important things you can do to keep your home free of serious damage.

In order to ensure safety and security, the best idea is to call a roofing professional. CJD Construction understands that stress resulting from roof damage is not one that most people want to deal with. That’s why we’re here to help you along the way and ensure that you and your family can live comfortably and safety regardless of what the season brings. To tell us how we can help, call (618) 659-9007 or send an email to [email protected].

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Five Reasons You Won’t Regret Investing in Siding

Here at CJD Construction, we’ve been in the business of installing high-grade, quality siding on homes and commercial properties for over ten years. When you invest in siding installation, you gain the benefit of the many advantages that come with that installation. So what exactly are those advantages? 

  1. Appearance

The first and most obvious advantage of siding installation is that it changes the appearance of your property. At CJD Construction, we firmly believe that we our work is not only efficient, but it’s also beautiful! Not only is siding installed to ensure a sharp appearance, but is available in a variety of different colors to fit your personality and tastes. With siding getting more and more popular, we’re excited to go the extra mile to make sure you’re getting exactly what your property needs to stand out.

Siding not only makes a property more aesthetically pleasing, but it also spruces up your property and makes it look bright and clean. While other installations can build up dirt and dust, siding stays bright for longer with less cleaning and upkeep required. Since siding is designed to look great for life, it does not peel, crack, or wrap!

  1. Durability

While the life expectancy of a paint job is around five years, siding available through CJD Construction is more durable and requires less maintenance than alternatives. Siding is built to hold up through storms and inclement weather, protecting you from all sorts of damage that can happen to the exterior, and in turn, the interior of your home.

Even if you don’t find yourself facing inclement weather, siding provides more protection than alternatives from nuisances such as termites, moisture, and leaking. These intrusions can turn into structural problems which can turn into costly, serious repairs. With siding, however, the chance of your suffering these problems goes down dramatically.

  1. Easy to Fix

While vinyl is made to be extremely durable, it’s certainly not indestructible. In the event that you experience damage to your siding, the panels can often be replaced or refitted without too much hassle. CJD Construction is willing to work with you and your insurance company in case of damage and in the event of a problem, we’ll be by your side.

  1. Economic Efficiency

It’s clear that siding does not require as much upkeep than alternatives. Here at CJD Construction, we want to give your property the best protection for the best price. When you go with siding for your property, you’ll avoid the leaks and damage that comes with alternatives that can cost you thousands every year.

Additionally, siding is less costly than the constant yearly upkeep of alternatives. In addition to avoiding the cost of yearly and monthly maintenance, you’ll also see your heat and cooling costs decrease! Siding provides the benefit of strong, intact insulation that won’t fail when you need it most.

  1. Increase in Property Value

Your investment in new siding will not go to waste. Siding increases property value and curbside appeal. When buyers know that they’re getting the best quality, they’re more eager to make that purchase. This is especially true when a property has beautiful siding installed!

According to Remodeling Magazine, a midsize vinyl siding remodel will increase your home’s value by 78.2 percent of the project’s cost. Not only is it likely that the siding will pay for itself, but you’ll also find that it is a clearly beneficial addition.

Siding is growing more and more popular and there are good reasons for it! The benefits to siding are not only economic, but are aesthetic and practical. If you’re interested in learning more about installing siding on your property, feel free to contact CJD Construction to discuss your needs. Call (618) 659-9007 or send us an email at [email protected].

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