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Breaking Down the Steps for Your Home's Garage Demolition

A garage with its door closed has some building materials in front of it prepared for demolition.
Tearing down the garage at your home is typically done by professionals, but knowledgeable DIYers can successfully tackle the project, especially if they have a capable group of friends to help out. There are some important preparation steps you should take before you swing any hammers or remove any windows. Once those steps are out of the way, then you are all set to follow our guide below to take your garage from a stable structure to an empty space. 

The Garage Demolition Steps

  1. Plumbing and Electrical - Make sure to turn off the electricity. If you have gas or water going into your garage, make sure that is off as well. Any breakers need to be switched off. Any gas or water lines need to be disconnected and capped. Now you can safely remove pipes and wires. These will typically not be recyclable.

  2. Roof and Siding Uncovering - Plan on taking off the roof piece-by-piece to make it easy. Make sure your dumpster or maybe a truck bed is close enough to put stuff directly into it. If the plywood is reusable, make sure to store it for your next project. As for the siding, make sure to remove all windows and door trim work first. Then try to be as careful as you can to reuse some of the materials. Don’t worry about being easy on the drywall as that is not recyclable. Smash away!

  3. Taking off the Doors and Windows - The garage door will be one of the biggest parts of the careful teardown process. Make sure to have a helper to tackle the large garage door. Then go around removing the other doors and windows. Stay safe by using gloves and goggles while removing and storing the windows and doors, making sure to place them in a dry place out of the way. If you don’t plan on using them again, check with local builders who may want to buy them off you.

  4. Down to the Framing - Break out the pry bar and hammer to break down the framing elements of the garage. If you will work in sections, prop up disconnected walls with two-by-fours, so they don’t come crashing down while you tear down another part. De-nail as you go to prevent poking hazards. Between the nails, screws, and lumber, you will have a load of materials to recycle. 

  5. Cleaning up the Slab of Concrete - At this point, the concrete base should be all that is left. Depending on the size of the crew, you could take a sledgehammer to break up the concrete or opt for some heavier machinery. Demolishing the concrete slab is a good place to call in an expert crew to handle this part of the project. Then you can level off the ground by filling in soil before reseeding grass to cover the area. By the time you are through, you will have extra lawn space with no reminders there ever was a garage on the land!

Since 1979, the expert team at Jarvis Property Restoration has been working on projects in the construction, disaster recovery, and restoration industry. If you want an experienced crew on your side for your garage’s demolition, give us a call at 866-452-7847. We do 24/7 emergency work as well!

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