Storage Shed Removal FAQ

Storage Shed Removal FAQ

Storage Shed Removal

Getting rid of any structure, no matter how small, can be dangerous. If you’re removing an old shed or barn completely, that’s demolition work. Permits, safety gear, disposal methods, there are a lot of factors to consider.

The Dangers

First and foremost, is the shed in good condition or is it rotted and crumbling? Is the supporting structure in tact or could it fall at any minute? If it’s not in average condition and you’re a novice at projects like these, now would be the time to put down the hammer and call a professional shed removal contractor. The last thing you want is to be trapped under hundreds of pounds of splintered wood because you hit one wrong beam. Keep children, pets, friends, and anyone who isn’t experienced in demolition out of harm’s way.

Wooden Sheds

Wood is the most common material used for sheds that you’ll come across. Unless you built it, you’ll need to figure out whether it’s made of pine, oak, composite, plywood, or another wood. Once you’ve got your bearings, removing the roof will be the first step of this process. If your structure isn’t more than one story, you won’t need scaffolding.

Some older wooden sheds are incredibly tough and sturdy, and have been standing for decades. I mean 2×6 walls with the corners braced and bolted down to a concrete slab. Even if this isn’t your first home project, a shed like this is best left to the pros. It needs to be cut and deconstructed into smaller pieces before demolition can really even start.

Brick/Stone Sheds

Tougher than some of the sturdiest wooden sheds, if you have a brick, concrete, or formed cement building to knock down you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you. This will take substantially more time and physical power than any wooden shed. You need much more heavy duty tools to start breaking something like this down, and calling a professional can save you time, injuries, and money.

If you are going to take it on, make sure your dumpster rental can handle heavy masonry or concrete and there won’t be any additional fees. Many companies separate construction and residential dumpsters and have different content and capacity regulations. Make sure to get all the information beforehand and don’t get loaded up with surprise fees and add ons later. You’ll also need proper safety gear like hard hats, goggles, gloves- not to mention the actual gear. Unless you have a jackhammer and backhoe laying around your yard, renting and learning to operate one can be extremely time consuming and expensive. Demolition is much more dangerous and difficult than many people think, so make sure to do all your research and know when to call the pros.