What are Piles in London?

What are Piles in London?

If you’re interested in piling contractors in London you should first understand what piles London are. They are basically a long cylinder made from strong materials such as concrete that are then pushed into the ground. They work as a support for a structure to be built on top of. They are able to take much heavier loads than basic spread footing.

There are two main kinds of piles and both have their own uses. Piling contractors in London are able to help you decide on the right pile foundation to get the job done right.

End Bearing Piles

The bottom of an end-bearing pile will be placed on a layer of rock or strong soil. The load from the building is transferred down to this strong layer through the pile. It essentially works like a column does. End bearing piles are installed with the bottom end of the pile resting on the surface between weak and strong layers.
Friction Piles
Friction piles work a little differently to their load-bearing cousins. They transfer the load from a building to the soil across the entire pile with the use of friction. It basically means that the cylindrical pile as whole transfers the force rather than just the ends.

What are Piles Made From? – piling companies London

Piling contractors in London generally make piles using wood, steel, and concrete.

Wooden piles would traditionally be used for construction in areas that had weak soil. They are still used today but are mostly used to build jetties. The length of a wooden pile is limited to the length of the tree it is made from. They tend to be around 20 meters long at the most. If you want to see wooden piles in action then just look at Venice, the city which “floats” on wooden piles.

Concrete piles will be cast beforehand by the company. They are made at ground level and then hammered into the ground as needed. Steel piles are also driven into the ground in this manner. These piles are designed to take heavy loads and save time during the construction process. That is because they are pre-cast and so aren’t made on-site. Concrete piles work best in areas with corrosive soil.

Contact us today to learn more about piles or arrange for a free consultation about which piles would be best suited for your project.