Foundation Repair Plano

Steel Piers

Steel Piers vs. Concrete Pressed Pilings

The most common methods of foundation repair in Dallas are Steel Piers and Concrete Pressed Piling.

Steel Piers are superior. What sets the steel pier apart from is that it is driven into bedrock, fixing sinking foundations by stabilizing and lifting the building above it. A steel pier is very much like a concrete pressed piling – the installation is basically the same, but the steel pier is made of steel piping instead of concrete. Steel supports more weight than a concrete pier and should be used to support heavier loads, such as apartment buildings, office buildings, and school buildings. Steel piers are widely used and preferred in the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex and are approved by most engineering firms.

Concrete Pressed Pilings are typically friction piers. Unlike steel piers, a friction pier depends on ground resistance to provide enough friction to the outside surface of the pier to create enough lift to support the weight of the house. A steel pier does not rely on friction to support the weight of the house and can be installed to bedrock. The problems with friction piers are:

  1. If water can seep into the area of the installed friction pier, friction is lost and settlement will reoccur;
  2. Friction piers usually can’t be installed into rock, as the piling block has a large surface area that results in friction buildup at a lower depth; and
  3. Pressed concrete pilings are much more likely to require warranty repairs that will damage your house and yard again in the future.

Steel Pier Size

A steel pier is steel pipe that is 2 7/8 inches in diameter and can come in lengths of 1 to 3 feet. Most importantly, a steel pier will support at least 10 times the weight of a concrete piling. This will allow the piers to be installed to deeper depths than the concrete piers.

What Does a Steel Pier Cost?

Steel piers always cost more than concrete pressed piles simply because steel pipes cost more than concrete pipes. The average cost of a steel pier runs between $500.00 to $600.00 per pier, while a concrete pressed piling average cost is between $275.00 and $400.00 (depending on the company making the repairs). Our foundation repair experts will be able to give you a complete estimate when they assess your foundation problems.

In short, for Dallas foundation repair projects, steel piers are far superior to concrete pressed piling. Steel piers can be installed to deeper depths and will support 10 times the weight of a concrete pressed piling.

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