1What method do you use to install pilings?
We use a Marine Pile Driving Barge, manufactured out of steel, engineered specifically for driving deep foundation piles. Piles are driven with 10,000 ft/lbs. of impact in every blow.
Engineered pile bearing capacities can be provided upon request using Blow Count Data.
Driven piles offer the highest hold down capacities known to mankind. This is very important when flood waters rise and storm surges role because your wooden pier will FLOAT if it isn’t properly secured.
Driven piles offer the highest support capacities as well. This is important because your pilings will sink when any substantial amount of weight is applied to them, such as boat lifts and gazebos.
We also offer an HDPE Jacket that protects the piling against worm infestation. Without this protection, your pilings WILL rot and need to be replaced.
Many companies in the Wilmington, NC area utilize water jetting to install pilings. Through experience we know that these installations won’t hold up as well to heavy loads and severe storms as driven pilings.
2What type of wood do you recommend for use in marine construction?
Every piece of lumber is pressure treated to meet AWPA specifications for Salt Water Splash Zones.
AWPA Standards (American Wood Protection Association) are recognized and used by customers worldwide for marine projects. The AWPA has been writing specifications for lumber since 1904 because lumber is one of our country’s most important renewable resources.
Above Ground Treatment lumber is not suitable for marine construction. It simply won’t provide you with the long-lasting durability you expect. Above Ground Treatment lumber may be fine for a deck but it is not for docks
3What supports and fasteners should I consider for my dock?
We use bolts and stainless steel screws because they effectively extend the service life of your dock.
Nails will rust and when they do the structural integrity of your dock will be affected.
Nails are also a lot cheaper to install but they won’t provide the long lasting structural integrity of bolts and stainless steel screws.
We also use: 4x4 Torsion Beams, 4x4 stringers, 4x6 floatation supports, bolted to laminated double 2x10 bands to ensure the structural integrity of our docks.
4How do you protect my dock from worm infestation?
Every piling we install comes standard with PVC Piling Wraps that keep out these wood eating pests.
We include this in our price because without it, your pilings WILL deteriorate into nothing where it counts the most: just above the ocean floor. This is where these creatures thrive.
The most concerning part about this is that your pilings are rotting from beneath you and you have no way of knowing it until it’s too late, because it’s happening at the bottom of the ocean.
Your pilings are the foundation of your pier and dock, and we believe we have to protect them the same way you protect your home against termites.
Another great benefit of the PVC Wraps is that barnacles and oysters won’t grow either.
Your pilings will look good for years to come.
5How will you update me on the progress of my project?
Our detailed planning process, pre-construction conference checklist, written installation process and daily supervision by David Logan are all essential parts of keeping your project on time.
Keeping you informed allows you to feel comfortable that progress is being made. This is especially true when you want to compare certain phases of a project that typically go much faster like demolition compared to railing installation.
We can provide you with photos via email if you are traveling so you can stay up to date on the progress of your project.
6Do you use employees or subcontractors on your marine projects?
We only use in house employees to install the structural aspects of your project. Marine construction requires a set of skills honed on constant learning about new materials, installation methods and processes to ensure a quality project.
These best practices must be taught, practiced, and learned by a professional crew before they apply them to your project.
Using part-time employees and/or subcontractors makes it almost impossible to maintain quality since these workers don’t receive the continual training they need.
Contractors that use part-time workers or subcontractors may be able to offer a lower price because they may not have to pay for benefits but the consumer is the real loser because of the lower quality that is almost inevitable
7Who will be supervising my project on a day-to-day basis?
David Logan has the direct oversight responsibility for all of our projects. He has over 45,000 hours of experience and has successfully supervised the completion over 750 construction projects since 2001.
This ensures that all aspects of your project are completed following our written installation processes and any other requirements for your project.
8What business insurance do you maintain?
We maintain $1 Million of Liability Insurance and the government mandated Workers Compensation Insurance. We also carry USL&H and Jones Act coverage. We will provide the contact information for our insurance agent so you can verify our coverage.
Many contractors will advertise that they are “fully insured”. This doesn’t really provide any clue about their actual insurance coverage.
In North Carolina, if a contractor has employees, they are required to carry Workers Compensation insurance. The importance of this cannot be overstated. If a worker is injured working on your property and the contractor doesn't have the appropriate insurance, you could be liable to pay for injuries and rehabilitation. Your homeowner's or business insurance may or may not cover those costs.
It is a smart idea to check with your insurance carrier to make sure the workers' compensation insurance coverage being provided by the contractor and/or their trade and subcontractors is adequate and that all crew members are covered.
9Can you explain your warranty?
We provide a 1-year warranty for the labor and installation on all marine construction projects.
If your installation fails due to our workmanship issues during the first year under normal wear and tear we will fix it at no cost to you.
Our clients know that hiring us means they are taking the risk out of the hiring decision.
If you dock, pier, boat lift or gazebo has taken a beating and needs to be replaced, all we ask for is the opportunity to demonstrate our capabilities.
We appreciate this opportunity to earn your business.
Thank you for your time and we look forward to working with you.
If you would like to schedule an onsite review of your project please call us at 910.367.1348
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10What is Your Service Area?
We are located in the Wilmington NC area and we serve the entire region including: Atlantic Beach, Carolina Beach
, Hampstead, Jacksonville, Little River, Oak Island, Ocean Isle Beach, Sneads Ferry, Swansboro, Topsail Beach
, Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach
, and Southport