What Is Piling? The Driving Force of Marine Construction

Marine Construction / December 22, 2021

What is piling? Piling forms the very basis and foundation of support for massive maritime structures. This includes piers, docks, windmills, and offshore drilling installations. Made of steel, wood, or reinforced concrete, they run deep into the ground frequently reaching the seafloor.

Impact pile driving, in which a mechanical hammer smashes the top of the pile every second, is a frequent method of driving piles. The process takes hours and multiple strikes to pound one pile into the seabed. Factors such as the diameter, the size of the hammer, the bottom qualities, and the needed penetration depth.

Earlier Piles

Piles were first driven in the ground by hand. The pressure of the ram dropping through gravitational pull produced the energy necessary to push a pile. In the twentieth century, air or steam-powered devices helped drive the structure down and speed the ram’s downward pressure. Today, petroleum or hydraulic systems help quickly and efficiently drive these heavy structures deep into the earth with a push of a button.

The Right Pile

Fiberglass: Though more expensive than wood, fiberglass pilings are proven to withstand decades with light degradation. Besides the high cost, fiberglass does not decay, collapse, or corrode. This type of foundation can last up to thirty years if taken care of properly.

Greenheart Wood: This type of wood is well-known across the world for its exceptional performance and durability. This tropical hardwood is ideal for tough building applications. It is nearly four times as robust as processed pine or firewood varieties. Greenheart wood is also extremely resistant to tidal bores and decaying – it doesn’t even require chemical treatment!

Treated Wood: Treated wood pilings are utilized for a variety of purposes. Including telephone poles, typical landscape fencing, and the majority of marinas. Choosing a treated wood suitable for saltwater and 2.5 CCA saltwater treatment is better than having material that won’t last.


Double the life of your piling and decrease your eco-footprint by making the initial investment. Choosing a pile sleeve to apply before laying them down can prevent sinking. Sleeves are made of PVC and with a heat shrink tubing around the structure for a snug fit. Thus, creating maximum protection for your structure.

Professionally placed piling wrap will guard against openings, corrosion, and degradation over time.

Choose Seaside Marine and Construction

If you are looking to install a strong and well-made pier supported by expertly drilled piling, contact us at Seaside Marine and Construction. Located in Boynton Beach, Florida, our team has spent many years perfecting our craft and building our reputation of excellent service throughout the Treasure Coast.

Whether you are looking for a custom dock, seawalls, boat lifts, or replacing piling, our quality workmanship ensures that you get the aquatic haven you desire.

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