The Different Materials Used in Piling

Posted on 17th April 2019 Under Blog

The piling industry is incredibly in-depth and this means that clients can become overwhelmed very easily by the amount of specialist terminology that is used. Here at Rhino Piling, we try to ensure that our clients are kept in the loop at all times and that involves providing a variety of information about our industry. After all, there are many reasons why a property owner should invest in the piling process. Read on as we go over the different piling materials and how they may be used during a project…


It is interesting to know that concrete piles are typically divided into two sub-groups: precast and cast in place. A precast concrete pile is reinforced using steel and can be crafted with a variety of different tip shapes including triangular and circular. On the other hand, cast in place piles uses pouring concrete in order to create strong foundations that can be easily altered on the building site.


Although traditionally used in order to reinforce concrete piles, it is actually possible to craft piles from steel itself. In fact, these kind of piles are often made from high-quality sources of metal and can be cut or welded in order to alter the pile on site. With this said, steel piles that have a low PH value may be subject corrosion so they have to be coated in tar as a precaution.


Whilst timber is not a strong enough material for use in the piling foundations of large buildings, they are often used when dealing with docks, harbours or piers. After all, keeping the pile below groundwater level can help protect it from decay and rot. With this in mind, it is important to analyse a wooden pile for signs of infection or insect infestation before use.

Here at Rhino Piling, we believe that the type of material that is used in order to construct a pile is an important part of the piling process. After all, there are a variety of different components that must be taken into consideration in order to determine which material is the most suitable, including the depth of the pile, the soil that it is being driven into and the weight of the completed structure that it must be able to bare. To find out more information about the industry, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Rhino Piling team today!