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Removing And Replacing Your Concrete Driveway Or Slab? What Are Your Options?

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Whether you have a crumbling concrete driveway or a concrete porch pad that has seen better days, you may be considering hurrying this slow decay along by demolishing the concrete and replacing it with pea gravel, paving stones, or another durable substance. While breaking up concrete can seem like a relatively easy job, it can sometimes be more involved and complicated than you might expect; on the other hand, you may be able to save quite a bit of money by renting your own demolition equipment and performing the project on your own. Read on to learn about the factors you'll want to consider when deciding whether to do this yourself or hire a demolition contractor from a company like National Concrete Cutting to finish the job.

What equipment will you need to destroy and haul away a large quantity of concrete? 

In many cases, the only equipment you'll need to tackle your concrete slab is a jackhammer—this will break up the concrete into more manageable chunks that can be removed by hand or with additional equipment. If you're planning to destroy a relatively large area of concrete, you may also want to consider renting a skid steer that can scoop up these concrete chunks and place them in a dumpster, then grade the area once it has been completely cleared. 

You'll generally be able to rent all the equipment you need to handle this job from a heavy-duty equipment rental business. Some hardware and garden supply stores even rent small jackhammers and other tools that can help you get the job done without requiring you to purchase expensive equipment.

What should you consider when deciding whether to destroy your concrete slab yourself or hire a professional?

Before taking any steps toward breaking up your driveway or other concrete slab, you'll want to have your gas, electric, and sewer lines marked by your utility company to ensure you don't inadvertently puncture them in the process. If you find that one or more of your utility lines runs quite close to the concrete you're planning to destroy, it may be a good idea to have a demolition contractor perform this job to minimize the risk of harming your utility lines if a jackhammer slips.

When choosing between equipment rental and a contractor deposit, it's also important to take time into account. If performing this project yourself means putting off other crucial duties or requiring you to turn down the opportunity to work overtime for additional pay, it may not be worth it—especially if you've never performed construction demolition on your own before.