If you own property next to a waterway or along the beach, you know that erosion can be a major concern. One of the smartest ways to deal with the impact of ever-changing tides is adding a seawall to stop waves from eroding your landscaping and affecting your property line.
A question we get often is, how do you know which type of seawall is best for your needs? Let’s dive deeper into the materials and structures of most seawalls to understand what features are most important for you.
Seawalls are self-explanatory; they act as a barrier between your property and the water. Most waterfront properties can benefit from a seawall as an extra layer of protection against wave damage, both from long-term exposure and storms. They typically are one of these three shapes:
Mounded – works well in gentle waters with a sloped or mounded pile of materials
Curved – redirects waves back into the water with a concave structure
Vertical – stops waves with a wall perpendicular to the water to absorb the waves’ energy
In addition to these three main shapes, there are also four main materials used for seawall construction:
Determine which material works best in your setting; for example, you may not want to use wood or metal for oceanfront property, as the salinity and strength of the waves can damage both faster than they would for concrete or composite.
The strength of the water and the impact of the waves are important factors when selecting a seawall, but you should also consider the amount of use along your waterfront. A home or business on a man-made body of water that serves as a retention pond or feature tends to be calm, which means a simple riprap mound wall would be sufficient.
On the other hand, if you live on a popular boating lake or own a deep-water property, you may see large wakes that can erode your shoreline. A stronger reinforced concrete wall may be necessary for the level of protection you require.
Keep in mind that you may need to investigate local or state guidelines for seawall construction before beginning any waterfront modification. Talk to the experts at All State Civil Construction to learn more about seawall repairs or maintenance. We can help you navigate the world of seawalls so that you can enjoy your waterfront property for years to come.
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