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The Building Construction Process Explained

If you want to learn about the construction process and the steps that are taken to complete a project, you should read my blog. My name is Darren White and I've always been fascinated by the way that a construction crew can erect a building so fast. I work in an industrial park and there's always new buildings being built and I see the progress every day. A few months ago, I was at a neighborhood picnic and I started talking to a neighbor that lived down the street. It just so happened that he was a contractor that worked on the buildings in the industrial park. I asked him how the construction crew could build a huge building so quickly and he explained the whole process to me. That's when I had the idea to write a blog to explain the building process to others who are also interested.


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Signs Of A Failing Seawall And What Material To Use For Replacement

by Edwin Johnston

When it comes to living on the waterfront, it is important that your property is maintained. One of the most important aspects of your property would be the seawall. Without it, your property would be prone to damage from the water. Therefore, to avoid damage to this important barrier, it is crucial that you know what signs to look out for. In addition, it can be helpful to be familiar with the most durable material to use when it comes time for a replacement. Read on to learn all of this.

Failure Signs to Look for in your Seawall

Seawalls are known to last for quite a while, but only when they are properly maintained. Although frequent inspections are necessary to ensure your seawall it up to par, there are a few things you can keep an eye out on to tell if your seawall will begin to fail soon:

  • Is the seawall cap cracked or broken?
  • Have you noticed any visible rust stains?
  • Are any of the slabs beginning to deteriorate?
  • Have you noticed that the slabs are leaning?
  • Is any soil being lost behind the seawall?
  • Is the stress beam strong and in place?

What Is The Best Material To Use For Seawall Replacement?

Although a number of materials can be used, including special-treated wood, stone and concrete, there are two popular options among contractors for seawall replacement, which are aluminum and vinyl. While both are used, only one is truly effective. Read on to learn a little more about both of those options so that you can make an informed decision if your contractor offers only aluminum or vinyl seawall construction.

  • Aluminum – For centuries, aluminum and other metallic components have been used in marine construction. However, aluminum is subject to degradation from a variety of sources, both natural and induced by humans. This can result in rapid loss of the material and damage to the overall structure. This is often due to the interaction with high pH levels, strong soil conditions and a galvanic reaction.
  • Vinyl – Although vinyl has not been used for as long as aluminum, it is still a very popular material being used in waterfront construction today. This is primarily due to its strong ability to perform in the exact opposite way of aluminum. Unlike aluminum, vinyl sheeting will not degrade over time. It is resistant to the constantly changing pH levels and soil conditions. Plus, vinyl has very low conductivity properties so it is less likely to create a galvanic reaction.

When you notice that your seawall is beginning to fail or suspect that it needs to be replaced soon, it is in your best interest to contact a marine contractor—such as Abbott's Construction Services Inc.—as soon as possible to discuss what options you have available to you.