If you’re not familiar with helical pilings, you should be. Helical pilings offer many advantages when you need to create a solid anchor in the ground. We’ve performed helical pile installation for many purposes, including foundation underpinning, slope stabilization, wall anchors, pipeline tie-downs, seawalls, walkways, shoring, and more. These pilings screw into the ground with computer-controlled efficiency, getting the pilings the perfect depth into the ground in order to deliver the support you need for your project.

Of course, all of those tasks have been performed with other methods in the past, such as using concrete caissons or wood and steel driving piles. So you might be wondering, why all the talk about helical pilings? Do they really offer that many advantages over traditional methods? We’re happy to say that they do, indeed, and we have six reasons you should switch over for your next construction project. Read on to find out more about them, then give Payne Construction a call.

The Weather Doesn’t Matter

As you’re probably aware, concrete can get pretty fickle. While it might prefer to be poured when it’s 78 degrees, the weather seldom gives you those perfect days. Since concrete takes so much time to cure when it’s cold, you could be waiting days to get the caisson ready for your project. Too much wind on pouring day can cause problems, as can rain and humidity. If it’s below freezing, just forget about getting concrete caissons started that day.

That’s not a concern with helical piling. We can drill them into the ground rain or shine, cold or hot. This means you can get started on your project as soon as same-day, because you’re not waiting for any concrete to cure. 

Installation Is Fast

Now that we’ve established that you don’t have to wait for concrete to cure when using helical piling, what are you waiting for? Nothing! There’s no need for digging, there’s no need for pouring, there’s no need for curing…there’s really no need to wait around, period. You tell us what you need, and we’ll get started right away. While the process of getting pilings into the ground needs precision, that’s why you’ve hired Payne Construction Services. We’ll put those anchors right where you need them in record time. 

No Spoil

There are many steps that have to be taken when creating anchors with traditional methods. The first is usually to dig holes for each one, which creates considerable soil spoil that has to be moved away from the construction site. And if you make a big pile of all that soil, you just have to move it again later.

With the helical piling method, you don’t have to deal with all of the spoil you’d usually take from the ground. Since the piling is screwing into the ground, it’s not displacing the soil. In fact, it’s using the soil in order to grab on. 

Is there absolutely zero spoil associated with helical pilings? Admittedly there is a little when the job starts, but it’s exponentially less than with other methods you might be familiar with. Don’t worry, we’ll take care of it.

No Vibrations From Heavy Equipment

The equipment used to perform helical piling is considerably smaller than some other company will use with methods like wood and steel driving piles. You can also eliminate the need for cement trucks on the site at this stage.

Why is this an advantage? First of all, you don’t have to worry about vibrations from this equipment collapsing holes that you’ve already dug, and you don’t have to worry about trucks getting too close and pushing the spoil back into holes. Too much vibration from drillers or other oversized trucks might also cause damage to surrounding equipment or structures.

Second, you can’t ignore the fact that smaller equipment means the ability to get into smaller and/or more remote spaces. If the space in which you need piling is difficult to access or on land that makes traditional piling methods impossible, contact Payne Construction Services for a quote to get it done with helical piling.  

Predictability

We’ve already discussed how unpredictable things can get when working with concrete, which can really mess up your schedule. So if you’re looking for predictable results in your piling installation because you can’t afford to lose a day or two, helical piling is the route you want to take.

You’ll also increase predictability because of the equipment involved. Our helical torque system uses a wireless monitoring system that gives us incredible control over the angle and depth of the piling as it goes in. We can control the torque as the piling is being driven down by +/- 0.25%. That’s a level of control that you can’t get from traditional methods. Not even close.

The Variety You Require

We know that a one-size-fits-all certainly doesn’t work when it comes to pilings. Our method offers a wide variety of pile sizes so that you can get the anchoring you need. And we’re not just talking about small changes, either; our piles can hold from as little as eight tons all the way to 200 tons. This is the difference between shoring up a retaining wall and holding up a train bridge!

To attain these ratings, a variety of sizes are necessary. Diameters of our piling helixes range from 8-inches up to massive 24-inch versions. The shafts we add to each lead range from between 2.87-inches up to 5.72-inches. No matter the job, we have the helical equipment on-hand and the knowhow to use it effectively.

Do You Need Helical Piling in New England?

The days of traditional piling methods are coming to an end, thanks in large part to regular and constant results you can get from helical pilings. Payne Construction Services has the professional certifications and training necessary to get you whatever you need in helical piling, and we can do it quickly and efficiently. 

If you’re convinced, we’d love to hear from you so that we can give you a quote. And if you’re not convinced, we’d be happy to hear from you with any questions. Click here to contact us today!