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When you call or contact us online our knowledgeable project consultants can help you select the best materials for your bulkhead based upon where you are building, the depth of the water, and the size of your wall. Simply describe your project and we'll guide you in the right direction.
Wood Bulkhead Materials - Inexpensive
Wood bulkheads are the least costly wall option from a first-cost perspective. They are effective and give your waterfront a somewhat natural look.
Parts of a wood bulkhead include:
Which Treatment Should I Choose?
The level of treatment your wood needs depends upon the kind of water you are building in. For most cases you will need .60pcf retention level in fresh water and 2.5pcf in brackish or salt water. You should apply the same rule to the wood components in a vinyl bulkhead.
Vinyl Bulkhead Materials — Most Cost Effective
With the lowest life-cycle cost, vinyl bulkheads are the most cost-effective option in the long term. You can expect the vinyl sheets to last more than 50 years and while you may want to replace some of the wood components during that time, you will not have the additional material and labor expenses of replacing the vinyl sheet pilings.
Parts of a vinyl bulkhead include:
- Vinyl Sheet Pilings
- Back Wale (or Backboard)
- Top Cap (optional)
- Tie Rods (or Tie Back Cable)
- Deadmen (usually a 5″ Post, 4-8 feet long)
- Pilings (in some designs)
- Hardware – Bolts, Nuts, Washers, Screws/Nails
Vinyl sheet pilings are available in multiple colors, install easily, and are backed by the manufacturer’s warranty. Learn more about vinyl sheet pilings. We may also be able to recommend a trustworthy installer in your area.