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What Are Helical Pilings?

Helical pilings are foundation systems that are an affordable alternative to wood and steel driven piles or concrete caissons. The purpose of a helical pile is to provide foundational support for a structure that is installed between 10 to 25 feet below the soil. Some helical piles may be required to be installed deeper, depending on the site.

Helical Piles vs. Anchors vs. Piers

Helical pilings go by a variety of different names — helical piles, helical anchors, helical piers, screw piles, earth anchors, and more. However, in the end, each of these terms all generally have the same meaning. Essentially, ‘helical’ implies that the pile or anchor is in the shape of a helix or a spiral, making the ‘piles’ round, helical shafts that are screwed deep into the ground to act as a solid, structural foundation.

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What Are Helical Pilings?

Helical piles last a surprisingly long time. Generally, helical pilings can last and remain sturdy and safe for about 150 years. Investing in a solid foundation and installing helical piles will be great for your home or business’s resale value in the future. Contact us to learn more about our helical piling installation warranties.

 

Helical Piles Vs. Wood Piles

Unlike wood piles that require heavy-duty equipment and processes to install, helical piles don’t create soil spoils. The installation equipment used to install helical pilings is smaller and more easily maneuverable, so it doesn’t create harsh vibrations that are capable of disrupting the soil and surrounding structures. Plus, helical piles are easily installed in any weather condition, unlike wood pile installations which could be put off due to frosty winters and too-hot summers. Get in touch with our team at Payne Construction Services, Inc. today to learn more about the benefits of helical pilings compared to wood.

Do Helical Piles Work?

Absolutely — helical pilings are a very effective foundation solution for your home, business, or any other structure. We’re able to monitor the helical torque every millimeter of the way with our state-of-the-art wireless helical torque monitoring system to ensure that everything goes smoothly during the installation process. Since we’re able to be so careful during installation, we’re also able to confidently stand by our quality guarantees that your helical piling foundation is sturdy, safe, solid, and exceeds your standards.

How Much Do Helical Piles Cost?

Like most construction-related projects, the cost of helical piles will vary depending on the project. Some structures may only require a handful of helical piles while others could require many more. Costs also vary depending on if we are installing the helical piles for a new structure or under an existing foundation. What’s more, while most helical piles will extend 15-25 feet below the ground, some could be buried much further, and the longer the pile is, the more it will cost. For a quick and honest quote on helical piling services in the New Hampshire area, contact Payne Construction Services, Inc. today.

Can You Build A House On Helical Pilings?

Yes, houses may be built on helical pile foundations and they are one of the most common structures to do so. In fact, a helical piling may just be the best option for your new home. If your home sits above the ground, you can add some additional foundation space since helical pilings stick out above the soil. Wood and concrete piles, on the other hand, are driven into the ground and support the house on bedrock. Contact Payne Construction Services, Inc. today to see if your new home is a good candidate for helical piles as a foundation solution.

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Can Helical Pilings Be Installed Under an Existing Foundation?

Helical piles are able to be safely placed underneath an existing foundation system. Usually, no change or damage will be done to the house as a result of the installation. On the contrary, after installing helical pilings under existing foundations, you may soon realize that some doors start to close better and that some cracks may close.

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How Strong Are Helical Piles?

Helical piles are strong foundational systems that are capable of supporting heavy structures in the same way that a wood, concrete, or steel foundation would. Helical pilings are designed to support anywhere from 8 to 200 tons — in other words, they’re able to support small patios just as well as they can support 30-foot buildings.

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What Are Some Additional Helical Piling Uses?

Aside from using helical piles to support large structures such as homes and buildings, there are a variety of uses. Some common examples include using helical pilings for boardwalks, pedestrian walkways, and bridges, as earth anchors for slope stabilization, for temporary and permanent shoring, and more. If you think you have a unique use for helical pilings, we’d be glad to help. Contact Payne Construction Services, Inc. today to let us know more so we can get started with your helical pile installation.

 

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