It is a well-known fact that the one of the most important parts of any building or structure is its foundation. A strong foundation is what supports a building and allows people to enjoy it for its intended use.
Piling is a process that strengthens these construction foundations; its vastly important role is why it is such a specialised trade. Because piling is such an important job, it’s important to choose your piling contractors specifically and carefully.
What Is Piling?
Piling is a specialised technique often used by contractors to place a strong and deep foundation in more permanent building structures. By embedding and driving piles of steel, wood, and concrete deep into the ground, it is possible for piling contractors to implement a strong support for structures at a foundational level. This is a standard prerequisite for most construction projects.
Important factors such as capacity, scope of the project, and size of the project as well as the space required for the rigging and the condition of the soil are all things that need to be taken into consideration before piling begins.
In contrast to a shallow foundation, a deeper foundation is utilised to transfer the entire load of the structure into a strong layer of soil. This higher bearing capacity can handle the load better than a shallow capacity, thus supporting the structure.
The most common piling materials used are sheet piles made of steel, precast concrete piles, timber piles, or vertical columns of wood. Whatever piles are chosen, the material is driven or drilled into the ground, therefore creating a solid foundation for the structural load. Structural engineers, geotechnical engineers, area contractors, site foremen, and fitters all play their individual roles in understanding, designing, executing, and streamlining the piling, digging, and constructing of the structural foundation.
Where Is Piling Used?
The variations of piling techniques is used by all housing developers, consulting engineers, and major contractors in the establishment and construction of housing development projects, road construction projects, large commercial projects, and much more.
Expertise and Equipment
How experienced a contractor is one of the most important factors to consider when choosing a piling contractor. The company that you work with should specialise in piling. There are many different types of piling services so it’s important that they can handle your various needs.
In order to accomplish piling efficiently and effectively, it’s important to work with a company that utilises professional piling equipment and staff. It is recommended that you work with a piling specific company and not a general contractor for this job. Companies that rent their equipment or hire out to staff this work will pass the extra costs involved to you, raising the price of your project overall.