Marine Construction: The Importance of Seawalls

Seawalls are hard, engineered marine constructions that serve multiple purposes including helping to prevent erosion of the St. Petersburg shoreline and acting as a coastal defense. They’re built parallel to the shoreline, which holds and prevents the sliding of soil, while also protecting against natural wave action.

Advantages

The primary purpose of a seawall is to provide a high degree of protection against coastal flooding and erosion. An appropriately designed and well-maintained barrier between the land and sea will also help to ensure no further erosion occurs. This is of particular importance when the shoreline is populated by essential buildings or infrastructure.

On top of establishing a boundary between land and sea, seawalls also guard against coastal flooding and extreme water levels. They provide protection against water levels to the seawall’s designed height, provided they’re properly crafted to endure the additional forces. Traditionally, the designed height of most seawalls was dependent on the highest known flood level. A marine construction company in St. Petersburg can help you determine the necessary dimensions for the ultimate protection.

Seawall Marine Construction Materials

Conventional seawalls were built from large rocks, pebbles, and other stone fragments. Existing remains of older barriers constructed in this manner can still be seen in many coastal communities, including some in the St. Petersburg area. Although modern structures can still be built this way, often they now integrate concrete, metal bars, and other tools to make them more robust. More cost-effective options can be made from wood or plastic. While this does offer some protection and can be easier on the wallet, it’s usually worth going the extra mile when it comes to the materials used in marine construction. Cheaply made seawalls can potentially fail in more inclement weather.

Priority Marine

A new seawall in St. Petersburg not only increases the value of your home, it also protects it. Priority Marine not only builds them from the ground up, but we also resurface current seawalls. We cover all areas of marine construction. If you’re considering refurbishing your exiting barrier or looking to install a new one altogether, then give us a call today and we’ll get started on your new project.

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