Deck Removal for Dummies

How to Safely Remove Your Deck

Deck removal could be a dangerous project.  If you are finding yourself needing to get rid of your deck for whatever reason, you might be overwhelmed.  How does one do that exactly?  What tools will you need?  How do you remove it safely?  This guide will walk you through the basics of getting rid of your deck.

Deck Removal Options:

  1. Do It Yourself.  If you’re feeling like a handyman and want to tackle this project on your own, good for you!  It feels great to admire your hard work when it’s done!
  2. Hire Professional Deck Removers:  For those of us that aren’t handy or don’t have the time and energy to disassemble and haul our decks, there’s hope!  Junk removers, like Altitude Hauling, can do a lot more than haul trash and furniture.  They can take apart and get rid of your deck, too.

DIY Deck Removal

This guide is just a general outline.  You’ll most likely want to conduct further research to determine the best strategy to remove your deck.  However, our tips are a great place to start if you’re ambitious enough to tackle your deck removal like a pro.

  1. Gather all the tools you may need.  During your deck demolition, you’re gonna need to use more than just your bare hands to take your deck apart.  To get the job done, you may need a hammer, screwdriver, pry bar, drill, shovel, and maybe a saw.
  2. Decide if you want to keep the wood.  Just because you’re removing your deck, doesn’t mean you have to destroy the wood.  If you plan on holding on to the wood to reuse in the future, keep this in mind as you work and try to cause as little damage as possible.  Don’t go swinging with a sledgehammer if you want to preserve your wood.
  3. Start taking it apart.  If held together by screws, you can use a screwdriver and drill to take apart your deck.  If your deck is constructed with nails, you can pry them out with a pry bar and hammer.  Make a plan for what you’ll start to take apart first.  We recommend that you focus on the rails to start.  Once the rails are off, move on to the stairs.  Finally, focus on the decking boards and posts.  It’s best to have a systematic approach rather than looking at the deck as a whole and removing random pieces of wood at a time.
  4. Remove the deck’s feet.  A lot of decks have concrete feet holding them into the ground.  Usually, they’re not too challenging to remove with a shovel, but some larger ones might require you to rent extra equipment, like a bobcat, to pull it up.
  5. Remove the pieces that used to be your deck.  Now, you can haul off all your wood and get it off your hands.  If needed, use a saw to chop your wood into smaller, more manageable pieces.  If you’re saving your wood for your next DIY project, be sure to put them somewhere they won’t get damaged.
  6. Clean the area and celebrate.  Now, all you need to do is clear any debris you’ve left behind.  Now you can sit back and admire the area you worked so hard to clear.

Professional Deck Removal

If you don’t feel up to the task of doing it yourself, you can hire a team of pros to get the job done.  Some of the benefits of hiring a team of professionals include:

  1. They already have the equipment.  If you don’t have all the tools to get this job done, there’s no sense buying them.  Altitude Hauling has everything they would need to perform this project and the truck big enough to haul it all away.
  2. They’ll save you from hurting yourself.  Our team is trained to demolish decks safely, but many DIY demolition projects result in injuries if you don’t know what you’re doing.
  3. You’ll save yourself a lot of time.  All the time that you invest in watching tutorial videos, shopping for tools, and actually moving the deck itself could be avoided.  A team of professionals can get it done much quicker, allowing you to get back to your normal routine.
  4. You’ll save yourself a lot of effort.  You don’t have to do any of the heavy lifting if you don’t want to.  Altitude Hauling can do the entire thing for you , start to finish.  We invest in our team, training them, insuring them, and preparing them to accomplish this professionally and skillfully.
  5. They’ll do it the right way.  A team of professionals knows how to demolish and remove a deck the right way.  Additionally, they can handle any problems they encounter along the way.  You don’t want to risk causing any permanent damage to your home or property by doing the job incorrectly.

Ready to get rid of your deck without putting in the work to remove it yourself?  Call Altitude Hauling and discuss your deck removal needs with our team.  We can give you a free no-obligation quote before we begin.  You’ll be glad you chose to go with the professionals for this intense home project!  Just give us a call or book online now.

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