What are screw piles?
Screw piles are a steel screw-in piling and ground anchoring system that is used in construction when the building requires a deep foundation. Using heavy machinery, they are wound into the ground much like a screw into a piece of wood.
“The pile shaft transfers a structure’s load into the pile. Helical steel plates are welded to the pile shaft in accordance with the intended ground conditions. Helices can be press-formed to a specified pitch or simply consist of flat plates welded at a specified pitch to the pile’s shaft.” – Wikipedia
Though screw piles are used primarily for commercial or industrial applications, residential projects such as decks, additions and garages can benefit from screw piles.
What are the benefits of using screw piles?
They can be installed rapidly using equipment like an excavator equipped with a high torque hydraulic motor. Typically, only an operator and one labourer are needed to do the job. You can also load the screw piles immediately after they’re installed. You don’t have to wait for concrete to cure, allowing for a faster completion. They also cause minimal disturbance to the job site, reducing clean up and lowering project costs.
More benefits of screw piles:
– They won’t move during frost movement
– No excavation is necessary
– Equipment used will not damage the land
– Construction can start as soon as screw piles are installed
Advantage of using screw piles from Alberta Screw Piles Ltd:
Not every screw pile or installation is equal. Alberta Screw Piles Ltd. in Edmonton provides quality materials and installation techniques that set them up above the competition and ensure a stronger, better end result for your project.
Alberta Screw Piles Ltd. uses thicker material with sacrificial qualities that eliminates the need for an anti-corrosion coating. This results in a stronger, more durable screw pile. If your foundation is stronger, your building will be stronger. The competition primarily imports their screw piles. In order to save money on shipping, they reduce material and substitute it with a coating. Less weight means cheaper shipping. It also means you’re getting a cheaper screw pile.
All piles used by Alberta Screw Piles Ltd. are a minimum of 11 feet. The competition generally uses 8 feet. Though an 8-foot pile can generally just meet building code, the 11 foot piles will exceed or flexibly meet variable ground conditions and offer better stability and compliance with bylaws.
Having decades of knowledge and experience from commercial and industrial projects can benefit homeowners. Their piles are static load tested to verify load capacities and all piles come with site specific engineering to confirm guidelines and requirements for your new home build are met and/or exceeded. You can use screw piles for your deck, home addition, garage, grade beams and all new construction homes.
Foundation Contractors in Edmonton
Alberta Screw Piles can help you with your deck, home addition, grade beams, garage and new home build. They manufacture their piles here in Alberta and offers professional installation for construction projects. Their goal is to provide customers with the best foundation option for every site’s specific application and requirement.