A seawall is an important feature for any waterfront property. A home that sits on a plot beside any large body of water is at risk of erosion or getting flooded without a seawall in place. The presence of a seawall will prevent the water from eating away at the ground near your structure or seep under your foundation which may cause soil movement and water damage to your property.
Reasons For Seawall Installation
The main purpose of installing a seawall is to protect shorelines from erosion and sea surge which may lead to flooding. A seawall is a structure typically built parallel to the shoreline to act as a sort of defense against wave crashing against the shore. It redirects all the energy of the crashing waves away from the shore and back to the water. This helps to manage shoreline erosion and protects properties on the shore from flooding. Also, by having a seawall installed, you can safely enjoy activities like walking, biking, and so on your shorelines. In addition to protecting structures, seawalls also prevent damage to the environment since erosion and flooding may harm wildlife and local ecosystems around the water if not properly managed.
Steel Seawall Installation
Steel is renowned for its durability and resilience. Our steel seawall can last for quite a long time and requires very minimal maintenance. It only needs occasional checks and visual inspection for cracks or disfigurement in the structure. This durability is why steel is one of the most popular materials for seawall construction. It also has a clean and versatile appearance that helps to complement the shoreline.
An outcropping seawall is another type of seawall installation that helps to manage fluctuation water levels. This type of seawall is made up of sturdy stones that serve as an ideal barrier against water runoff, waves, and rising floodwater. Outcropping seawalls are typically made up of flat limestone blocks with an irregular shape stacked together. They are also recommended because of their long-term durability and stability. Outcropping seawalls are quite reliable for shoreline protection and their rugged look gives your shoreline a fantastic appearance as well.
Riprap Seawalls and Vinyl Seawalls
Also known as rock armor, rubble, or shot rock, rip rap is a type of organic material piled up to protect shorelines against adverse weather elements like stormy weather, erosion, or flooding. This type of seawall has a soft and pleasant look that almost seems like the rocks were piled up there naturally. Riprap seawalls can be constructed for various types of shorelines and waterside structures. For small water bodies like lakes and small ponds, a rip-rap of 3 to 6 inches is just sufficient. Larger shorelines may require structures as high as 6 to 12 inches. Vinyl is another popular option that offers effective seawall erosion protection. This material is most commonly used for small seawalls or places that are a bit difficult to get into. This is because vinyl is relatively easy to install without needs for heavy machinery and equipment.