Common Uses for Steel Piling
Any building, from a residential home to a skyscraper, is only as durable as its foundation. A piling provides stability and is often the go-to remedy for structures showing early signs of foundation failure. For homes and smaller buildings, a foundation expert from Align Foundation Repair can evaluate your structural damage and recommend whether concrete piling or steel piling is the best solution. However, for larger structures, such as towers, bridges, and apartment complexes, steel piling solutions are common.
What Are Steel Pilings?
Pipe dimensions are a dual walled interlocking 2 7/8 and 2 5/8 inch pipes. The piles are inserted below the foundation for structural support. The piles are versatile and can support most foundation types regardless of the soil type. Most can also be inserted into rocky or swampy ground.
While piling installation may seem like a massive undertaking, modern equipment and technology enables quick and speedy installation with minimal invasive procedures to the surrounding property. In most instances, minimal digging is required. Installers implement an impact driving method using a hydraulic press to drive the piling into place.
Other Special Considerations for Steel Pile Use
What makes steel piles more applicable over other pile types? Installers may recommend steel piling over these construction scenarios:
- Accommodating buildings with a heavy load (e.g. skyscraper, highway bridge)
- Poor soil conditions or shallow depths, which is common in the Garland, TX, area due to the waxy, alkaline, and calciferous soil prone to shifting and expansion.
- Other piles may not be possible due to property line restrictions.
Steel piling is commonly used in:
- Bridge/dock construction
- Marine/Offshore construction
- Road and highway construction
- Rail road construction
- Oil field construction
- Communication tower construction
Steel Piles Are Durable, Expedient, and Long-Lasting
With its ease of installation and quality, steel piles provide long-term solutions for a very integral part of any structure. We advise property owners to contact Align Foundation Repair if you notice any symptoms of a compromised foundation. Steel piling solutions are an investment that may last for the life of the structure.