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Screw Pile Foundations for Docks & Boathouses
The dock at your cottage or cabin is a multi-purpose space. Swimming area, sun-tan spot, and a cozy place to watch the sunset. Unfortunately, traditional foundations can shift and sink in the soft mud leaving you with an unsafe, unstable dock. That’s why people are choosing the nearly 190 year old marine foundation solution of helical screw piles for their dock, boardwalk and boathouse foundations. Helical piles can be hot-dip galvanized to provide a long life in marine conditions and the helical blade can offer support and stability when anchored in solid soil.
Did you know that for the nearly 2 centuries a wide range of marine structures have been supported on helical piles? As a mechanical pile, they can be turned through sloppy soil layers covered in water and lengthened until the piles reach competent and consistent soil stratas. How could we know when we reach competent soils? Our specialized equipment allows us to monitor installation torque which provides reliable feedback on soil capacity.
When considering helical piles for a dock or boathouse there are several key factors to consider: is there enough soil to support the pile; and how significant might the lateral loads be. You will need at least 6 feet of soil prior to bedrock to support a helical pile in a marine environment. If you are exposed to large ice masses which might contact the structure, larger piles offering additional lateral and bending moment resistance. Another strategy to increase the resistance to bending would include filling the pile shaft with grout.
Getting a screw pile foundation for your dock or boathouse is easy. First, contact us at VersaPile Inc. – Helical Pile Contractors and tell us about your project. Our experts will help you find the perfect foundation solution. After that, you schedule an install date. Our professional crews will show up on-time and professionally install your piles. In most cases, your foundation is ready to go in just a couple hours.
Alex Jekat, Whiteshell, MB