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Seawalls are an essential aspect of your waterfront property. To maintain your property’s value, you need to install and maintain your seawall. At Seawalls Of Michiana, we specialize in seawall installation, repairs, and maintenance. We offer rock seawall installation services in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan.
Natural rock walls are an excellent way to provide a stable and safe wall on your property. They can handle the large loads that all segmented retaining walls can while offering a more natural and rustic appearance. Only your creativity can limit the possibilities of rock seawalls.
A natural rock seawall is a great way to increase the value of your property. You can also use rock walls to increase the usable yard space on your property while offering an attractive barrier. The benefits of natural rock seawall include:
- Easy maintenance
- Erosion control
- Aesthetically pleasing
We also offer other shoreline construction services like the construction of rip rap retaining walls. Rip rap is often used to prevent soil erosion in areas of concentrated runoff. Rip rap consists of a layer of huge stones interlocked together. It functions as a barrier on slopes that become unstable due to seepage issues or in areas that receive a significant concentrated flow.
Some areas where rip rap retaining walls can be used to prevent erosion and stabilize slopes include drainage structures, bridges, storm drains, grade stabilization structures, culvert outlets and inlets, and the slopes and sides of channels.
When constructing a rip rap retaining wall, utilizing well-graded rocks of various sizes is vital. The different rock sizes enable them to create a better interlocking system. We recommend using rocks that range in size from 2 to 24 inches. The rocks also need to be long-lasting enough to withstand thaw and freeze cycles. Using angular and blocky-shaped rocks with similar dimensions on every side and clean, sharp edges makes constructing the structure easier.
Seawalls Of Michiana also uses rip rap as rocks for seawall construction. Using rip rap for seawall construction provides the following benefits:
Rip rap seawalls consist of stone, rocks, and other materials arranged along a wall. This gives it a more natural appearance than wood or vinyl walls. The stones and rocks act as a barrier that helps prevent soil erosion. If the rip rap seawall is exposed to fresh water, vegetation grows through the rocks over time, adding structural and aesthetic value.
Rocks for seawall absorb the waves coming in towards the property. They can dissipate most of the wave energy rather than reflecting it. This helps in keeping the soil at the seawall’s bottom from eroding away. If your property is situated in a location where soil erosion is a major issue, adding rip rap at the front of your seawall can help reduce this problem.
Offers a habitat for wildlife.
Rip rap offers a place where marine life can rest, hide, attach, eat and grow. This is the reason why it is preferred from an environmental viewpoint. The nature or vertical seawalls like vinyl or wood walls makes it difficult for marine animals and plants to thrive in such locations. By using rip rap for seawall construction, an eco-friendlier community may develop since oysters, crabs, marine vegetation and fish can use the shoreline.
Rip rap seawalls are constructed with stone pile. Therefore, they are self-adjusting to minimal amounts of movement because of settlements or other small adjustments. Rip rap seawalls may continue functioning properly even with minor damage. It is also easy to repair rip rap by replacing the rocks as needed.
Seawalls Of Michiana has the expertise and equipment required to perform rock seawall installation on your property. Call us today for a quote or more information.