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How to Demo a Driveway A to Z!

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Your driveway plays an integral part in enhancing the outlook of your property. Having a well-established and maintained driveway increases your real estate market value. It is therefore important to improve and conserve your driveway. However, a time comes whereby you may fancy the idea of demolishing your driveway. It may be to use that space for a new structure in your real estate or to perform renovations.

To demo a driveway, first, remove any objects from the surface of the driveway. Next, use a jackhammer to break apart the surface of the driveway. Finally, remove the broken concrete to a junk truck or dumpster.

In this article, we will discuss the different types of driveways, and the tools needed to demolish them yourself vs hiring a junk removal company.

Demolishing your driveway

Demolishing driveways occurs differently depending on the material used to form them. The most common materials used for driveways are concrete and asphalt.

Demolishing is undertaken either by hand or by heavy equipment. However, incorporating heavy equipment is the best as it saves time, and fatalities occur less than when performed using hand tools.

The general tools you require to execute the demolition of your driveway include:
• Jackhammer
• Sledgehammer
• Shovel
• Electric chipping hammer
• Circular saw
• Excavator
• Pavement breaker
• Skid loader
• Hydraulic concrete smasher

Concrete driveways

Working by hand

• Manually demolishing concrete driveways is frequent in small driveways as the area is minimal. For more efficient working, follow these steps:
• Select a top corner within your driveway as your start-off point. This allows for systematic movement as you progress to cover the entire area of your driveway.
• Employing a Jackhammer or a sledgehammer, smash the concrete to fragment it into bits.
• Shovel the pieces to a designated disposal point away from the driveway. It is essential to cart away the concrete junk to allow working room.

Working with Heavy Equipment

You must understand the hazards that come with using heavy equipment. Go through the manuals and wear protective clothing to minimize injuries.

Heavy equipment is ideal for larger driveways since the area covered is much larger hence labor-intensive.

The procedure is similar to that of when working by hand. You will incorporate heavy machinery such as excavators and skids to break concrete and move the debris. Machinery allows for faster completion of the project.

Asphalt driveways

While working on asphalt driveways, starting on the most defaced areas as you progress to the lesser damaged ones is advisable.

Asphalt is associated with toxins, and it’s important to have your protective clothing on, especially gloves and masks.

Working by hand

• Choose the most affected area of your driveway to start working on. This ensures systematic progression of works.
• Using a jackhammer or a circular saw, cut the asphalt into segments.
• Shovel the debris to a designated disposal point away from the driveway. Carry out this task every time debris builds up to minimize work disruption by piles on the driveway.

Working with Heavy Equipment

Heavy equipment such as excavators and skids reduce the workload of manually transporting debris to your disposal point.

Ideal for larger driveways, adhere to the same procedure as working by hand and obtain faster efficient results.

Construction debris removal & construction waste disposal

Construction debris removal time! After you jackhammer a concrete driveway, you need to remove the debris. Depending on the size of your project, this may be a small job that you can do yourself with a shovel and a wheelbarrow. However, for larger projects, you may need to hire a construction debris removal company.

These companies have the equipment and personnel necessary to quickly and efficiently remove the rubble, minimizing the disruption to your home or business. In addition, they can dispose of the debris in an eco-friendly way, ensuring that your project has minimal impact on the environment. Whether you do it yourself or hire professionals, removing the debris from your jackhammered driveway is an essential part of the construction process.

Construction waste is the debris generated by construction activities such as digging, demolition and renovation. Construction materials, such as concrete, asphalt, bricks and lumber, account for a large percentage of construction waste. yard waste, such as leaves, grass and branches, is also considered construction waste.

Waste removal is the process of removing construction waste from a construction site. hazardous waste, such as asbestos and lead-based paint, is also considered construction waste. construction waste can be recycled or reused to reduce the amount of waste that is sent to landfills.

Recycling construction materials saves natural resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Reusing construction materials reduces the need for virgin materials and reduces the amount of energy needed to produce new materials. diverting construction waste from landfills also reduces air pollution and water pollution.

Junk removal

There’s plenty of debris and other junk materials with every demolition. Before undertaking your demolition works, plan for the junk disposal.

Given local authorities don’t dispose of demolition junk similarly to household waste on your behalf, we have the following suggestions to assist you in getting rid of all the junk:

Junk removal companies

Junk removal companies are service providers who collect, transport and dispose of unwanted materials. In this case, debris and other construction materials left behind after demolition work count as junk to be disposed of.

Prices vary depending on the materials being collected, their quantity, and the service provider. Contact a junk removal service provider once you’ve piled all the waste material. The service provider arrives at your property, loads all the waste onto their trucks, and hauls it away.

You must select a licensed junk removal service provider to avoid certain consequences. Some unlicensed service providers may dump your junk at an illegal site affording you legal charges.

If you’re wondering where your junk will end up, most service providers deposit them at recycling centers, second users, or designated disposal points such as landfills.


An alternative to disposing of your junk is putting it up for sale. You could either put it up online, on Freecycle or Craigslist or at the edge of your property.

Plenty of debris from demolition can be purchased by construction contractors who will put them into alternative uses.

Roll of dumpster services

A roll-off dumpster is a large steel container with wheels on one end and typically an uncovered top. You can rent out a roll of dumpster to store your debris. Once you’ve completed your demolition works and loaded all the waste material in your rented roll-off dumpster, the service provider hauls it to a disposal facility.

Personal trucking

However not the most convenient method of junk disposal, you have the option of loading the junk on your truck and personally ferry it to a disposal facility.

Upon choosing this option, you must identify a disposal station that will accept your junk. Most garbage facilities do not take construction waste, and it is therefore upon you to identify a station that does. Examples include designated waste landfills.

Do-It-Yourself or Hire professionals

Hiring professionals to execute your demolition and junk removal will probably cost you more than when personally undertaking the project. However, hiring professionals comes with its benefits.

Hiring contractors saves you from the labor intensity. Crashing concrete or asphalt and transferring debris to a pile is quite tiring. Professionals have the necessary work experience and will carry out their tasks faster and more efficiently than you.

Additionally, health and safety hazards exist while demolishing. Hiring professionals to carry out your project will keep you safe from the existing hazards.

Professionals have experience with heavy machinery. If you lack a jackhammer in your household, you will have to rent one. Construction contractors typically own the heavy machinery required for the project and the experience to operate them efficiently.

You don’t have to deal with junk disposal. The majority of contractors will undertake the demolition works and dispose of the junk left behind.

Hiring professionals may save you on costs. Having to rent equipment and cover the junk disposal costs will affect the project’s budget. Contracting a professional who has all the equipment and will undertake the disposal duties may cost you less. Dependent on the project’s magnitude, it is advisable to compare costs for personally undertaking the works and contracting professionals.

DIY Clean-up considerations: When you have a construction project, waste management is an important part of the process. One way to dispose of waste is to take it to the local landfill. However, this is not always the best option, especially for large projects. Another option is to recycle or reuse the waste. For example, yard debris can be used as mulch or compost. Construction waste can also be recycled or reused. For example, glass, metal, and plastic can be recycled, and wood can be burned for fuel. By recycling or reusing waste, you can reduce the amount of waste that goes to the landfill and help protect the environment.


It would be best if you undertook demolition and junk removal work on your driveway in the right manner to ensure good results. This article should be able to guide you on matters regarding undertaking the project and whether to personally do it or contract professionals.

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