Are Vinyl Seawalls Better Than Other Materials?

The safety of your coastal Tampa home requires attention to potential overflow and storm damage. With vinyl seawalls, clients can invest in a long-lasting structure that provides benefits like easy access to water. Common issues when building a wall include ineffective designs and hazardous materials. Using the wrong paint can result in harmful volatile chemicals leaving a greasy film on top of the water. Vinyl is not only lighter and easier to install, but it comes in dozens of colors, custom shapes, and sizes.

Steel Seawalls

While steel is durable, many individuals are unaware that it isn’t as resistant to corrosive salt water. While erosion can very slowly remove concrete, steel can rapidly decay due to damage. Often, there’s a thin protective layer over the steel. If that’s scratched deeply enough, salt water can sink into the metal, weakening it.

Concrete Seawalls

Concrete is often used for constructing vertical walls because of its strength and affordability. But, it still sometimes requires steel reinforcements. Concrete can also be part of gravity barriers. While effective at absorbing energy, massive waves can sometimes push blocks out of place. There’s also the issue of cracks. Sometimes the best alternative is to construct vinyl seawalls instead. In some cases, concrete barriers use plastic sheet pilings to increase effectiveness and longevity.

Vinyl Seawalls

Vinyl materials offer the best of concrete and steel without the negatives. Using the right materials can mean longer lasting barriers. Plastic like vinyl is not always fit for marine construction. Specific types like CMI ShoreGuard Sheet Pilings are made for long-term contact with corrosive salt water. Also, they are by far the most cost-effective option. Compared to heavy steel and dense concrete, plastics are easy to produce. Since they’re also extremely non-reactive, you don’t have to worry about chemicals leeching into the water. Tampa properties who rely on a marine construction company like Priority Marine can benefit from durable materials with a cost-effective structure.

Contact Priority Marine for More Marine Construction Services

Tampa residents should never wait before building protective vinyl seawalls. Storms can be unpredictable and leave coastal properties in ruin. At Priority Marine, homeowners can also benefit from marine construction services relating to:

  • Docks
  • Boardwalks
  • Boat Lifts
  • Boat Houses

For vinyl seawalls and more, you can contact Priority Marine in Tampa at (727) 447-1373 or by going online.

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