The Lowdown on Friction Piles

The piling industry is one of the most versatile yet complex when it comes to construction because there are so many different approaches to take into consideration. After all, each project has its own criteria to follow and targets to meet. Here at Rhino Piling, we carry out a detailed on-site analysis prior to the start of any project in order to ensure that the most suitable foundational approach is applied. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about friction piles…

From the get-go, it is important to recognise that friction piles behave in a different way to traditional piles because they work by utilising the friction resistance that takes place between the pile itself and the soil that surrounds it. This transfers the weight of a structure to the stronger and more robust soil deep within the earth. The idea is that every single pile will sustain an equal amount of weight in order to promote stability and longevity within the foundation.

As a type of deep foundation, friction piles are typically put into place when the soil is free from hard materials like rocks because this allows them to be installed smoothly with little resistance. In addition to this, their design makes them an incredibly sustainable foundational method with impressive longevity on the cards. It also goes without saying that friction piles are adept to withstand heavy loads, making them more than suitable for large-scale structures.

The materials that friction piles are constructed from can depend on the superstructure that they are supporting as reinforced concrete may be suitable for some projects whereas others require the additional support of steel piles. It is the job of an on-site evaluation to determine the soil condition and ultimately decide on the approach that would best meet the needs of a foundation, as well as the budget and timeframe of the client.

A property that isn’t supported by foundation will always be vulnerable to subsidence – the gradual downwards shrinking of the ground’s surface – although this can be prevented so long as you work with a recognised industry professional. The Rhino Piling team are affluent foundational experts and strive to provide longevity and stability with every piling project. To find out more information, get in contact with the best piling Manchester has to offer today!