Helical Piers Make a Strong, Fast Foundation for Decks, Sunrooms, and Other Small Structures

Monday, October 26th, 2015 by Thrasher

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Decks are a great addition to any home, often adding value and entertaining space. However, the standard practice of digging holes and installing poured concrete piers for decks, porches, sunrooms, and similar structures has caused plenty of frustration over the years. Helical deck piers such as EZ Post manufactured by Supportworks are the best alternative to traditional methods because they are fast, effective, and installed year-round in all weather conditions.

Why Traditional Poured Concrete Deck Piers Can't Compare

Holes can't be dug, and piers can't be poured in rainy or freezing weather. Postbase hardware must be carefully placed on the top of the pier while the concrete is still wet. Construction is delayed while the concrete hardens. This adds days to any job.

Worst of all, when a concrete pier is mistakenly installed off the layout grid, you've wasted a significant amount of time and money as the concrete pier has to be torn out, the hole filled, and the process has to start over.

Steel helical deck piers eliminate all the frustrations mentioned above. Designed to accept standard steel support brackets for most sizes of wood or composite posts, these specialized piers do away with weather delays because they can be installed regardless of temperature and precipitation conditions. No excavation is required, and no concrete either.

They can even be installed in freezing temperatures.

Bad Weather and Poor Soil Conditions Won't Hamper Pier Installation.

Typical applications of this time-saving structural system include the following:

  • Decks
  • Sunrooms
  • Porches
  • Pavillions
  • Sheds
  • Storage buildings
  • Cottages
  • Mobile homes
  • Elevated walkways

Helical deck piers take advantage of proven structural engineering technology for years to repair damaged foundations and overcome problems caused by weak and unstable soil conditions.

The helical-shaped plates on the shank of a helical pier are engineered to turn the pier into the ground like a giant screw. Rotational resistance is measured as the pier is installed to ensure that the pier is solidly anchored in the soil.

Weak or unstable soil close to the surface isn't a problem because piers can be driven to reach solid, stable soil at greater depths. A skid steer or other compact hydraulic machinery can handle the installation.

No Excavation, No Mess and No Waiting

Builders who learn about helical deck piers soon become fans of this construction method. No digging is required, and if a pier is installed in the wrong location, it can merely be "unscrewed" and reinstalled. The need for concrete is eliminated, and there's no construction delay. Wood posts can be installed atop piers as soon as the piers are in place. Thanks to a factory-applied corrosion-resistant coating, these piers are manufactured to last. Many deck builders enjoy the fact that they don't have to be in the digging and concrete business anymore and can focus on carpentry.

Helical Deck Pier Installation - Get Started on Deck Solutions Today

At Thrasher, we're here to provide you solutions. To get you started on the right foot, we'd like to offer you a free consultation. We'll introduce you to one of our design specialists, who can answer any questions you have. Contact Thrasher today to schedule a free consultation for your next deck or small structure project. Find out how helical deck piers can streamline your construction process. For more information, you can also view this video: EZ Post Video.

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