Why are steel piers typically the preferred repair method in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas?
- Steel piers are almost always driven to rock or a solid load bearing strata while concrete cylinders are driven to refusal.
- Steel piers provide minimal stress to the foundation during the driving process. This is because steel piers are one-fourth the surface area of pressed concrete pilings.
- The installation process is independent of the work crew. Compare this with pressed concrete where the depth of the installation is sharply dependent on the skill and integrity of the installation crew. You can’t level a foundation with steel piers until the steel has gone all the way to rock. Installation depth varies from 10 feet to 70 feet for steel piers.