Advantages and Disadvantages of Timber Piles

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advantages and disadvantages of timber piles

Advantages of Using Timber

advantages of using timber

  • Timber works best in wet or compressed soil
  • Cheaper than other pile materials
  • It can be bonded together to increase length of the piles
  • Installation is fairly quick compared to other piles
  • Heavy equipment is not needed to install piles
  • Timber can be a flexible material so they are able to withstand impact from boats and waves
  • Can have added strength with composite piling or wrapping

 

Disadvantages of Timber Piling

disadvantages of timber piling

  • Can deteriorate from rot, salt water, and insects
  • Can’t be used with filled soil sites
  • Can be costly to install pile caps for added stability
  • When pile becomes weak, piles will need to be wrapped over time to save the supported structure from collapsing
  • Joints between piles when bonded are weak so if a heavy structure is being supported, it will most likely collapse
  • Loads that are too heavy can’t be supported by timber piles such as a warehouse
  • Timber can be very hard or impossible to place into hard ground

Timber piling is a great building material, especially for marine structures. They are mostly used for piers, bridges, and boardwalks. Timber piles work best along the water as they add a beautiful, natural look to the environment.