The Depth of Construction Piles

Although many property owners would prefer a straightforward answer when it comes to the depth of piles during a project, it is difficult to provide an exact figure. After all, this depends on a variety of external factors that cannot always be controlled. In addition to this, pile foundations were once considered a solution for large construction jobs, however, they are also being implemented for smaller jobs in the form of mini-piles. Read on as we go over some of the factors to take into consideration when it comes to determining the depth of construction piles…

Soil Conditions

There are many different types of soils in the world and the one that surrounds a particular project area can determine the depth of a pile. After all, materials like rock, gravel, sand, clay, peat and chalk need to be taken into careful consideration as the softer and less stable ones will require deeper piles.

Types of Pile

Furthermore, the depth of a pile can also be determined by the type of pile that will be utilised during a project. This is because piles made from steel and concrete tend to support heavy loads and large structures which mean that the piles tend to be drilled deeper into the ground whereas wooden piles are used for smaller builds and don’t need to be as deep.


It is also important to take other surrounding features into consideration, such as how close the piles will be to any potential problems. For example, sloped land could present soil movement problems in the future and any underground mines can affect the depth of a pile to the point where an entire project needs to carefully planned from the start.

There is nothing more important that conducting an on-site evaluation when it comes to the implementation of construction piles. After all, it is impossible to confirm the type of pile and the depth it will require until these factors have been taken into consideration by an experienced professional. To find out more information on piling in Manchester speak to a member of the Rhino Piling team today!