When it comes to building foundations for decks, gazebos, or other outdoor structures, there are several options available, including concrete footings and helical piers (piles). While both methods have their advantages, helical piers have been gaining popularity in recent years due to their numerous benefits over traditional concrete footings.
As a leading helical pile foundation system company, GoliathTech offers a variety of helical piers designed to provide a strong, stable foundation for outdoor structures. In this blog post, we will explore the top 10 benefits of helical piers vs concrete footings.
1. No Concrete Curing Time / Build on Immediately
One of the most significant benefits of helical piers is that they do not require any curing time. Unlike concrete footings that need time to set and cure, helical piers can be installed immediately and can support the weight of the structure immediately. This can save a significant amount of time and reduce project delays, allowing contractors to move onto the next stage of the project much quicker.
2. Certified Capacity
Another significant advantage of helical piers is their certified capacity. During installation, GoliathTech certified installers can determine in real-time how much weight each pile can support. This is in contrast to concrete footings, which can be uncertain when installed in unknown soil types. The certified capacity of helical piers ensures the safety and stability of the structure and provides peace of mind to contractors and property owners.
3. Minimal Landscape Disturbance
Helical piers require minimal to no excavation, which means that they can be installed with minimal disruption to the landscape. This is especially beneficial for projects where maintaining the natural surroundings is important, or where access is limited, unlike traditional concrete footings.
4. Speed of Installation
Helical piles (piers) can be installed quickly and efficiently, allowing contractors to complete projects faster and with fewer interruptions. The installation process is straightforward and can be completed in a fraction of the time it takes to pour concrete footings. This can reduce project costs and increase the profitability of the project.
5. & 6. No Holes to Dig / No Spoils to Deal With
The installation process for helical screw piles is simple and requires little to no excavation. The helical pile is screwed into the ground using a hydraulic torque motor, creating a stable foundation that can support the weight of the structure. Unlike concrete footings, there are no holes to dig or spoils to deal with, which can significantly reduce the amount of work required for the project.
7. Easily Removable, Reusable, and Recyclable
Helical piles (piers) are easily removable, reusable, and recyclable. If the structure needs to be relocated or removed, the helical screw piles can be extracted from the ground without damaging the surrounding landscape or environment. Unlike concrete footings, which can be challenging to remove, helical piers can be reused or recycled, making them a more sustainable option.
8. Often No Inspection Visits After Installation
Once helical piles are installed, there is often no need for inspection visits. Unlike concrete footings, which require frequent inspections during the curing process, helical piers (piles) can be installed with minimal interruption, making them a more efficient and cost-effective solution for outdoor projects.
9. Install in Any Weather
Helical screw piles can be installed in any weather condition, making them an excellent option for projects that need to be completed regardless of the weather. Unlike concrete footings, which can be sensitive to adverse weather conditions such as rain or cold temperatures, piles can be installed year-round, even in freezing temperatures. This can significantly reduce project delays and ensure that the project is completed on time.
10. Small Installation Equipment (for small to medium-size projects) Install in Limited Space
Helical piers (piles) can be installed using small equipment, making them an ideal option for projects that require limited space or have access issues. The installation process is much less invasive than traditional concrete footings, which often require larger equipment and more space. This makes helical piers a versatile option for a wide range of projects, from small residential structures to larger commercial structures.
In conclusion, helical piers offer numerous benefits over traditional concrete footings when it comes to building foundations for outdoor structures. From the speed of installation and the ability to install in any weather conditions to the ease of removal and minimal landscape disturbance, helical screw piles are an excellent option for contractors and property owners looking to complete projects quickly, efficiently, and with minimal disruption to the environment.
Since 2004, GoliathTech has been the most important manufacturer and installer in the helical (screw) pile industry worldwide. Our patented helical pile foundation system surpasses industry standards and has earned us multiple awards and prizes.
Carried out by certified installers, our quick installation process avoids excavation, which protects your landscape and allows you to begin building as soon as the piles are in the ground. Moreover, you can anchor GoliathTech’s helical pile foundations into any soil or space year-round. Installed deep into the ground, beneath the frost line, they solidly support the structure in even the most extreme conditions. Our technology guarantees that a helical (screw) pile foundation won't move or crack over time.
Integrating both strength and know-how, GoliathTech offers the best anchoring solution to support your residential, industrial, commercial, and municipal projects. Trust the experience and expertise of GoliathTech for your foundation projects. Find a certified GoliathTech installer in your region or become a franchisee.
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