One of the major benefits of concrete is its durability. However, like all building materials concrete will not last forever. If properly cared for, concrete can last for decades but there does come a point when it makes more sense to replace the concrete rather than repair it. When that time comes many people find themselves wondering whether they can remove the old concrete themselves. We’re here to answer that question once and for all.
Let’s start with the elephant in the room. Removing concrete yourself will always save you money, what we can guarantee it will not save you is time. That means when you are assessing whether to remove concrete yourself or hire a professional, what you need to be assessing is whether removing the concrete yourself is worth your time.
The biggest factor here is going to be the size of the project. Are you replacing an entire driveway or a small section of sidewalk? Not only will a larger project take more time, but the removal process can be more complicated. That’s because weight bearing concrete, like the concrete found in driveways, usually needs rebar reinforcement.
Removing rebar is difficult. It’s difficult to cut, it’s heavy and almost always needs heavy equipment to move. In short, if your concrete has rebar in it you’re going to want to use a professional removal service.
The primary barrier to removing concrete yourself is going to be access to tools. While a simple sledgehammer will work for smaller projects, the need for heavy machinery is real for larger concrete pieces. Be sure to do your research and have an accurate estimation of the tools you will need to complete the job.
At the end of the day, removing concrete is more difficult than pouring concrete. If you’re worried about the scope of your project, we suggest reaching out to a concrete professional. Even if you end up doing the work yourself, it can’t hurt to get a professional estimate. Visit www.razorbackconcrete.com to learn more.