Composite sheet piling has become an increasingly familiar feature in the world around us in recent times. Although riverside and coastal protection projects remain as the most prominent utilization of these hard-wearing materials, the amazing versatility of this product sees the construction industry enjoy the wonderful flexibility it affords in many different scenarios.
Composite materials have become an essential addition to the building of retaining walls and can be frequently seen during the construction of bridges, tunnels and supporting works for embankments. Underground parking lots are also built with composite sheet piling at the heart of their construction.
Yet it is in marine locations that the durability of this material is fully appreciated. Because composite sheet piling can be installed at much taller heights than vinyl equivalents, large scale protection from the effects of coastal erosion is made possible.
By definition, a composite material is composed of two or more constituent materials that are combined in such a way as to render them distinguishable from each other. There is no better example of a composite material than concrete, which uses cement as a binding agent for the reinforcement properties of gravel.
Composite materials can be found all around us. One of the earliest composites known to man formed the straw and mud bricks that were used in primitive forms of construction. Today, we see these materials all around us. The roads we drive on, the fiberglass tubs we bathe in and the reinforced worktops we use to prepare our food on are all good examples of composite material.
Significantly, we tend to see composites used regularly in demanding environments and the thermal protection tiles employed in the space shuttle program also provides an excellent indication of the durability of composite materials. The newest Boeing 787 is almost entirely composite-based with over 80% of the flagship aircraft being composed of durable composite materials.
Composite sheet piling has many benefits, particularly during coastal protection and restoration projects. It is essential that any materials forming part of a seawall or other divertive protection structure are extremely resistant to the corrosive effects of sea water. Salinity acts as an accelerant in the corrosion process so the constituent materials in composite sheet piling must be highly resistant to this particular risk.
Even the popular lakeside housing developments that are enjoying massive popularity in the current age see composite sheet piling at their core. Rising increments of water from adverse weather conditions and the erosion it causes provides a constant threat to the security of homes, and these protective measures continue to be the most effective form of defense against inclement weather.
Sheet piling made of composite material is also resistant to the effects of soil contamination and requires very little by way of maintenance.
It is also essential that the material has a high strength to weight ratio. Although the material must have the strength to be part of a retaining structure, it must also maintain a certain amount of manipulation and maneuverability to conform to the demands of an individual project. This leads to flexible, easier fabrication that can rely on standard methods of installation. The strength of composite sheet piling allows it to be driven with traditional heavy machine including pile drivers and vibratory hammers.
Our composite sheet piling should only be installed by contractors who are certified. Only skilled construction teams with a comprehensive portfolio of retaining structure operations should be considered for projects where protection from erosion is a genuine consideration.
Contact us for information about an installer in your area – they will be happy to provide a complete written estimate for the project you have in mind.
We provide composite sheet piling products throughout the US and around the world.
Everlast engineers have been designing, testing and perfecting the next generation of composite sheet piling for most of the last decade. The result… an unprecedented synthetic sheet pile manufactured with state of the art components – Everlast Composite 26.1.
Cutting Edge Technology confirmed by testing performed by by ISO 9001 certified laboratories, confirms that Everlast’s EverComp 26.1 is manufactured to withstand the rigors of the harshest environments.
EverComp 26.1 30’ sheets driven in this
Destin, FL marina
Tech Data Sheet
Why should I choose to design with or install Everlast Composite Sheet Piling?
Get all of the benefits of a vinyl sheet piling, while being able to achieve taller wall heights, even rivaling those designed and constructed with steel sheet piling!
Get the pressure treated wood out of the water. Greater spans can be achieved with an all synthetic part – especially designed for harsh marine environments.
A special marine grade resin system locks in the thousands of interwoven rovings and mattings to produce a sheet piling that can withstand the toughest conditions. Still unsure of composites – just ask the Boeing engineers who have designed the new 787 with over 80% composite material!
The attractive graphite grey color blends perfectly with marine applications. We can even custom create a color if you’d rather have the rust look that a steel sheet pile would offer!
Does steel give you the performance guarantee you would expect for paying thousands more on your seawall – not even close! Choose the product that’s designed specifically for marine applications – and comes with an industry leading warranty.
Not ready to retire your heavy duty pile drivers, vibratory hammers, and other steel driving equipment? Don’t worry! Everlast’s Evercomp 26.1 can be driven with traditional pile driving equipment!