Getting to the Water’s Edge the Quick and Easy Way
Sturdy boardwalks get you from here to there without your feet ever touching the ground
Have you ever headed to the beach only to find yourself hopping and cursing as you try to cross the burning sand? Did you sink into mud the last time you took a hike across a wetland? A rugged, well-built boardwalk could be the perfect solution to these problems.
Where Are Boardwalks Used?
Boardwalks have been made famous by locations such as Coney Island, Myrtle Beach, Hampton Beach and Atlantic City. These bustling pathways are hubs of commercial activity and draw droves of tourists every year. Most boardwalks, however, serve simpler and more practical purposes. You’ll find them leading down to or running parallel along the water at beaches or elevated above bogs and marshes to provide a safe and sturdy walking path. These manmade trails are often restricted to foot traffic and cyclists, though some of the more expansive boardwalks may be built to accommodate small vehicles.
What Are Boardwalks Made From?
Wooden or timber boardwalks are the most common; they’re the type you’ll usually see when traveling. Timbers may be arranged in a classic parallel design or in stylized patterns for a more interesting look. Concrete boardwalks are used when a higher load capacity is needed. Not only can concrete stand up to heavier traffic, but it also lasts longer and requires less maintenance than timber since it doesn’t decay or buckle. Other materials may include composite or plastic. The type of material chosen depends on the desired look as well as how much and what kind of traffic the boardwalk will be expected to support.
Sturdy Boardwalk Foundations
Foundation materials and pile types differ depending on the material used to build a boardwalk and the intended use of the pathway. The total load that the boardwalk has to bear influences whether concrete or steel piles are used. Piles may be round or in the shape of an H, with H-piles being capable of reaching farther into the ground. Piles may need to be driven into sand and mud, either dry or underwater, and each location requires different equipment to ensure a reliable installation.
Boardwalks need maintenance over time, and Ram Jack of Indiana can help make sure that these pathways stay sturdy year after year. Our pier foundation repair services reinforce boardwalks to prevent sloping, twisting, cracking and other damage. Visit our website for a full description of our services and to learn how we can help maintain the pathways around your Carmel, IN, home or business.