Why the Foundations of Many Buildings Are Built With Precast Concrete Piles

24 January 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog


It goes without saying that the foundation of any building needs to be extremely robust. If the foundation isn't sturdy enough to endure the weight of the entire building, chances are high that the building will collapse or incur serious structural damage. Hence, it is essential to use the right piling materials.

The use of precast concrete piles for piling is commonplace in Australia. If you are considering using these piling products for your upcoming new building construction project, you are thinking in the right direction.

Here's a look at some benefits associated with the use of precast concrete piles.

They are high quality piling products.

Precast concrete piles are made in factory-based conditions where quality control checks can be performed to ensure that the materials delivered onsite are of the right quality. If there is any quality issue that can affect the performance of the piles, it will be ironed out at the in-house facility before the piles can be driven onsite. Therefore, chances of material failure are extremely minimal. 

They save time and money. 

The offsite production of concrete piles means materials can be delivered onsite immediately they are needed. This allows for fast progress of the installation work. What is more, it is relatively easy to make connections between concrete piles. This allows for faster piling, which results in time and labour savings.

They can eliminate the need for storage space.

If the just-in-time method is adopted when concrete piles are being delivered, there will be no need to provide a storage facility onsite.

They remain stable in the ground.

Once driven into the ground, piling should remain firm and steady. Any slight shifting of the driven piling can bring the whole building down and also harm those inside in the process. As long as the ground is properly compacted, precast concrete piles are unaffected by groundwater and they will remain stable in soft silts, clays or peats. Once driven in the ground, precast concrete piles gain additional load-bearing capacity. The adjacent mass of soil compacts around the piles, providing extra load capacity. This is referred to as "setup". 

If you have decided on piling your building with precast concrete piles, it is essential that you ask a skilled piling contractor to do the job. The professional will ensure that the job is done right the first time. Remember, you should never take any chance where safety is involved.