Texas Seawalls & Bulkheads – Information and FAQs


Galveston Seawall StormEverlast Synthetic Products (ESP) is a leading provider of seawalls and bulkheads in the Texas coastal region.

ESP specializes in vinyl and composite materials, and provide communities with innovative, durable, and affordable seawall engineering solutions.

We created this Texas Seawall & Bulkhead Resource Page to provide seawall guidance to communities and local governments, share information on our operations, and to answer your questions about seawall construction and maintenance considerations specific to Texas.

Where Does ESP Operate In Texas?

Over the course of over a decade, ESP has completed numerous seawall projects around Texas.

Our first bulkhead project was in Beaumont, TX, but thanks to great word-of-mouth about our affordable, durable, and easy-install solutions, we quickly grew to take on projects in Winnsboro, Dallas, Orange, Houston, Galveston, Texas City, Kemah, Clear Lake, Freeport, Port Lavaca, Port Aransas, Corpus Christi, Rockport, Port Isabel, South Padre, Texas City, Austin, San Antonio, and Tyler.

We have extensive experience in the area and are very knowledgeable about the seawall and bulkhead needs and requirements in the state of Texas.

Who Does ESP Work With Locally in Texas on Seawall and Bulkhead Projects?

The strength of our seawalls are only partly thanks to our industry-leading vinyl and composite seawall products. We rely on trusted—and tested—partners on the ground to distribute and properly install our seawall systems.

We have spent years building relationships with contractors that we know to do the job right, on time, and on-budget, with all the professionalism and dedication that our customers expect.

Our Trusted Local Partners

We work closely with distributors Bayou City Lumber in Houston. If you are looking for materials in the area, please contact them via

When you work with ESP, you’re getting more than a world-class seawall. You’re getting access to a network of producers, distributors, and installers that’s second to none.

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Gulf Coast of Texas Area of Operations

What are the typical seawall projects and materials used in Texas?

Most of the Texas seawall projects that we handle are in canals off the Gulf of Mexico and are designed to protect residential real estate.
We also have many projects along the inland lakes of Texas, building so-called “lakewalls” for residential communities. These can be around golf courses, harbor areas, lake landscaping, and more. You can learn more about golf course lakewalls here.

For these projects, we typically employ residential grade vinyl sheets. Depending on the circumstances, however, we also have some commercial grade products that are used.

During our free estimate process, we can determine your needs and make recommendations.

You can request a free estimate using our Free Seawall Estimator Tool.

How would the Galveston Seawall be built today?

Built after the Galveston Hurricane of 1900, the great Galveston seawall takes a regular pounding from the Gulf.

At over ten miles long and noted to weigh ~40,000 pounds per square foot, building the wall was—needless to say—a massive undertaking.

How would ESP build a new Galveston Seawall?

If ESP were to build Galveston Seawall today from scratch, we would use our high-grade FRP Sheet Pile with rip-rap placed at the base of the wall to protect scouring by waves.

Though still a large-scale project, advances in materials and engineering technology would reduce the need for such a large concrete barricade, and almost certainly dramatically reduce the time and cost involved with such a feat.

What are the options for “Living Coastline” barriers?

The Recent Army Corps of Engineers easing of restrictions has made it easier to build “living coastline” barriers, which use natural and nature-based defenses against the elements instead of hard barriers.

We applaud this move by the Army Corps, as there are circumstances in less aggressive applications where so-called “living coastlines” are effective. However, there will always be a place for hard barriers to reduce erosion of private or publically owned property, and we’re here to help!

What is Houston’s Seawall Problem?

Houston: We have a Seawall problem. Houston is currently considering major investments in storm protection. The city is currently debating controversial levees vs. a “coastal spine” strategy of building a floodgate between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula.

The perfect storm is coming to Texas. It’s not a question of if but when.

As vinyl and composite materials are currently used to stabilize flood canals in New Orleans, we see this being an option for the storm water districts across the state of Texas.

ESP is committed to the people of Texas, and we value our role consulting with authorities and communities on the best strategies to minimize the surge effects of hurricanes.

Looking to Protect Your City or Community with a Seawall?

Depending on the scope of our clients’ needs, we can tailor our recommendations and estimates to fit into the context of the intended audiences.

How ESP Serves Texas Governmental Organizations

For our governmental partners, we typically showcase how our vinyl and composite sheets can stabilize levees and the toe of a slope leading into a canal.

How ESP Serves the Communities and Residents of Texas

For our community and residential clients, we provide materials to demonstrate how a standard shallow water design affords protection plus a clean, aesthetically pleasing look at the termination of their property.

Whatever the project, we have the best designers, engineers, and installers in the business ready to serve.

Why Does Texas Choose ESP?

Texans are choosing ESP because we have a best-in-class product at a great price, managed by the best people in the industry.

We also have product on-the-ground and ready to go through our distributors like Bayou City Lumber, which means time and money saved on shipping.

Have a question we didn’t cover here, or are you ready to learn more? You can Contact Us or, if you’re ready, submit a request for an estimate using our Free Seawall Estimator Tool.


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