Timber piles are a tried and true, ancient, and ecologically beneficial foundation option that's frequently employed in house construction. These piles are long, slender columns of wood that support structures like bridges, buildings, and homes. Once they are in place, they provide firm support for any structure and make for an environmentally green choice for house raising and foundation repair.
Hale Built Group has extensive experience with wooden alternatives, so we can help introduce you to the benefits of choosing this environmentally sound house-raising option. So if you're ready to start your next timber pile installation, we invite you to call today or schedule a project estimate! Though if you'd like to learn more about how timber piles can help stabilize your next residential, commercial, municipal, or industrial project, please continue reading to become as informed as possible before making a final decision!
Much like the solid and sturdy trees they're cut from, timber piles are load-bearing columns of wood made to transfer the weight of your home to the soil needed. This class b pile is typically made from Douglas fir, hemlock, or southern yellow pine. Due to each pile's unevenness and inability to bear heavy hydraulic driving, they are driven into the ground with a unique machine.
Wooden piles are often used in areas where the soil is too soft to support other piles. They're also used in areas with a high water table, a lot of seismic activity, and where there's a lot of wind. In regions with homes affected by poor weather, like New Jersey, house raising on wood pilings instead of concrete can help your home remain undamaged during storms.
Due to their inherent durability, timber piles have traditionally been used in permanent and temporary structure systems. This pile ranges from 6" up to 24" in diameter and is made of construction timber treated with preservatives that give it extra strength and the ability to weather environmental conditions.
The wood grains also contribute to the timber pile's high durability because they cross over several rings, allowing it to maintain its abilities despite age, weather, or temperature changes. Furthermore, these piles hold their structural stability due to their resistance against bending and swaying regardless of temporary or permanent use cases.
As with any pile, the timber pile has pros and cons. Here, we've detailed several benefits of this foundation system below:
And here, we've listed several drawbacks:
We summarized several pros and cons of wooden piles in the table below:
|Durable & Long Lasting
|Susceptible to Rot
|Easy Install & Removal
|Pricier on Average
Timber piling is more eco-friendly than other piles because timber is a renewable resource. However, different piles are made of materials that come from non-renewable resources, meaning they'll eventually run out.
A perk of timber is that it decomposes, helping to add nutrients back into the soil. It's also less likely to cause damage to the surrounding ecosystem because it is easier to remove when needed. In contrast, other piles sit in the ground and break down over time, often releasing harmful chemicals into the environment.
Timber piles are also considered more aesthetically pleasing than other piles, which can make a difference in property value. Hale Built Group has extensive experience with wooden alternatives, so we can always help you through the intricacies of choosing this eco-friendly house-raising option.
Hale Built is proud to offer timber pile services for those in need. Alongside various timber pile services, including installation, repair, and maintenance, we also offer a wide range of timbers to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your needs.
We have the know-how and skills to guarantee that your timber-piling project is done correctly. If you are looking for a timber pile service that is reliable and trustworthy, Hale Built Group will be happy to take down and discuss your needs through a project quote.
It's essential to know the differences between friction piles and end-bearing piles when selecting a timber piling foundation. Here, we elaborate further on their capabilities and ideal use cases.
Depending on the heavy or medium loads on the support structure, friction piles, and end-bearing piles may be an option when using timber piles. Friction piles (also known as floating piles) are designed to resist lateral loads using "skin friction" (soil-to-pile surface friction) or friction from the sides. In our experience, end-bearing piles can withstand much greater loads, often with increased bearing capacity than friction piles.
This is because most of the load for end-bearing piles is transferred directly to a hard stratum below through its base point due to its large end sectional area. Therefore, when it comes to medium or heavy loads, consider choosing either friction or end-bearing timber piles for maximum security!
Hale Built Group proudly holds multiple certifications, including Home Improvement Contractor (HIC), Small Business Enterprise (SBE), and Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB), demonstrating our comprehensive capabilities in providing sustainable foundation solutions. With our certified expertise in timber piles, we bring a time-tested technique into modern construction, offering stable and eco-friendly support for bridges, buildings, and homes.
Our commitment to excellence extends to environmental responsibility, ensuring that our timber pile services align with sustainable practices. Whether it's house raising or foundation repair, Hale Built Group's certified approach guarantees a stable and ecologically beneficial solution for your project, further bolstered by our recognition as a Small Business Enterprise and Veteran Owned Small Business.
When it comes to executing residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal timber pile foundation projects, nobody does it like Hale Built Group. Our highly trained technicians provide experience and professionalism unmatched in the industry. As a result, we have a long list of satisfied customers that continue returning when they require timber piling solutions.
So, contact us today and find out how we can help make your project a success by setting up an estimate!