How Do I Tear Out Concrete?

One of the best parts about concrete is how durable the substance is. Unfortunately, that benefit can become a nuisance if you’re trying to get rid of concrete. As a result, a lot of people find themselves wondering how to tear out concrete. Let’s take a closer look. 


In small sections concrete is quite easy to remove. A concrete countertop will quickly fall to a sturdy sledge hammer. However, concrete removal gets a bit more complicated if you’re talking about something like a driveway. 


For large scale concrete removal, the process is pretty much the same as it is for smaller concrete sections—physical effort. DIY homeowners are completely able to remove a concrete driveway on their own, but it’s going to take a lot of time and effort. 


The other problem you’ll run into if you decide to embark upon a major concrete removal project alone, is what to do with concrete after you’ve torn it up. That concrete is heavy and depending on the project, there might be a lot of it. This is an easy problem to solve if you pay for concrete removal since almost all contractors include disposal of the old concrete as part of their service offering. 


There are tools that make concrete removal easier and faster, but they are incredibly expensive. It’s probably not worth investing thousands of dollars into tools that you’re only going to use to remove concrete once. That money would be better spent hiring a contractor to do the work for you. 


If you don’t want to spend the time and effort to remove concrete yourself, a contractor will be able to do it in a fraction of the time using the advanced tools they have at their disposal. 


Even better, because it’s so easy for contractors to remove concrete, it’s a really affordable service. Of course the actual price varies by project, but we’ve seen deals as low as a $1 per square foot for concrete removal. At prices like that, it’s probably worth the cash to avoid a few days of backbreaking labor. 


There’s no doubt the most affordable option to remove concrete is to do it yourself. But it’s important to consider the massive time investment a concrete removal project necessitates without the proper tools. To learn more visit



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