Screw Pile Advice & Expert Guides

Welcome to the UK Helix Advice Centre where you’ll find lots of useful information, case studies and guidance about using screw piles for your next project. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for here or are trying to calculate quantities or choose the correct products, try our main Screw Pile Advice Guide here or contact us for assistance.

Can You Use Screw Piles Near Trees?

Can You Use Screw Piles Near Trees?

One of the reasons that screw piles have become a popular foundation choice for construction projects is their versatility and flexibility. They work well in a variety of conditions where other foundation types simply wouldn’t be viable. But screw piles do have some...

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Are Screw Piles Expensive?

Are Screw Piles Expensive?

Cost is something you always need to factor in before making a decision about any construction project. And it can be frustrating when every time you ask ‘how much do screw piles cost’ you’re met with a ‘call for a quote’ button. But the problem is that there’s no...

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Can you Use Screw Piles for a Timber Frame?

Can you Use Screw Piles for a Timber Frame?

Whether it’s pool rooms, sheds, or home extensions, timber frames make a popular choice for construction projects. Timber frames are often more cost-effective. They make it easier to create a bespoke design.  And they are known for enabling greater accuracy in...

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What Are Screw Piles Made of?

What Are Screw Piles Made of?

More and more people are now using screw piles for construction projects. They are easy, versatile, and can be extremely cost-effective. But if you are using them for the first time, you’ll probably have some questions. And among the most common questions we’re asked...

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Can You Install Screw Piles in Water?

Can You Install Screw Piles in Water?

Screw piles are now used to provide foundations for all kinds of different structures. From sheds and home extensions, to festival staging. But what many people don’t realise is that they were originally invented for the erection of water-based buildings. Piers,...

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How to Use Screw Piles for Fence Posts

How to Use Screw Piles for Fence Posts

Installing fence posts is rarely considered a fun task. Using the traditional method, it’s often time-consuming. You have to wait for the right weather to accommodate cement. Then you need to dig a hole to the right depth, use gravel to line it, re-check your...

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Screw Piles vs Concrete Footing

Screw Piles vs Concrete Footing

One of the questions we’re asked most frequently by people new to helical piles is why they should consider screw piles over concrete. After all, concrete footings have been the standard in construction since the 19th century, providing buildings with the strong...

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What Do Screw Piles Do?

What Do Screw Piles Do?

Screw piles are being used in more and more construction projects. But if you’re not already familiar with them, the concept can require some explaining. So, in this post, we’ll be looking at what screw piles do, how they work, and where they should be used. What Do...

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Screw Piles: Advantages and Disadvantages

Screw Piles: Advantages and Disadvantages

Screw piles have become a popular choice for a whole range of construction projects. But there’s still a lot of confusion about what they can and can’t do. And where they should and shouldn’t be used. So, to try and clarify things a little, these are the screw pile...

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Can You Use Screw Piles in Rocky Ground?

Can You Use Screw Piles in Rocky Ground?

One of the reasons that screw piles have grown in popularity in recent years is that they can be used in a range of conditions. With very little need for any kind of groundwork. But what about when you’re dealing with rocky ground? Can screw piles be used in rocky...

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The Difference Between DIY Ground Screws and Screw Piles

The Difference Between DIY Ground Screws and Screw Piles

If you’re looking for advice on the internet about alternatives to concrete foundations, especially with regards to home offices, garden rooms, home gyms and man caves, you’ll no doubt have come across the terms ‘ground screw’ and ‘screw pile’.  The terms are...

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Can I Use Screw Piles for an Extension?

Can I Use Screw Piles for an Extension?

When it comes to screw piles, most people think of them being used for the likes of shed, deck, and garden room installation. They’re used to provide good, solid foundations with minimal work. But sheds, decks, and garden rooms aren’t necessarily intended to last...

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Can You Use Screw Piles in Clay?

Can You Use Screw Piles in Clay?

When you’re considering the creation or installation of any new construction, soil structure should be one of your first concerns. If you’re going to create a building, deck, or other erection that is going to be safe and last, you need to understand the conditions...

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Should I Use Screw Piles for My Shed Foundation?

Should I Use Screw Piles for My Shed Foundation?

Installing a garden shed is often a really quick and easy DIY project. If you’re working on a hard stand, or aren’t overly concerned about longevity, you can sometimes erect a shed with very little groundwork. But if you’re dealing with sandy soil, uneven ground, or a...

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Can You Install Screw Piles in Sand?

Can You Install Screw Piles in Sand?

One of the primary benefits of creating foundations with screw piles is that they are suitable for application on a range of surfaces. From very soft and loose, to very dry and hard. But what about sand? Notoriously difficult to build on, sand presents many...

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Screw Piles and Underground Obstructions

Screw Piles and Underground Obstructions

One of the most common questions we encounter about screw piles is: "What happens if you hit something underground when your installing screw-piles?" And that is precisely what this article will address. First Things First - Soil Conditions As much as we love to sell...

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When Are Screw Piles Needed?

When Are Screw Piles Needed?

If you’re considering a home and garden improvement project, you’ve probably already heard that helical screw piles are a viable alternative to traditional foundations. But when are screw piles needed? And what projects would you use them for? When Are Screw Piles...

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How long do screw piles last?

How long do screw piles last?

Helical piles are being employed for an increasing number of home improvement projects. From garden rooms to decking. They’re cost-effective, easy to install, and can remove the work associated with laying traditional foundations. But for many, they’re still an...

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How to Install Screw Piles for a Deck

How to Install Screw Piles for a Deck

Screw piles have a whole range of uses. From support for temporary structures to providing long-term foundations for landmarks. But one of the most common applications of screw piles right now is for the creation of decks. Decking remains a highly popular garden...

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Are Screw Piles a Good Option for a Garden Room?

Are Screw Piles a Good Option for a Garden Room?

With the trend for home working becoming more established, driven not only by the pandemic but the appeal of flexible working and the freelance movement, garden rooms are becoming a common feature. They make exceptional home offices, and consultation rooms, as well as...

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Case Study: Garden Office on DIY Screw Piles

Case Study: Garden Office on DIY Screw Piles

Would you like to transform your garden with a home office? If so, the case study below my peak your interest. Putting a home office in your garden has never been easier. However, cost can be a factor and in some cases clients would prefer to do the job themselves....

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Case Study: Decking Over a Ditch Using DIY Screw Piles

Case Study: Decking Over a Ditch Using DIY Screw Piles

Do you have "dead space" in your garden? In the case study below the owners had the ingenious idea of building decking over a large ditch, transforming the garden and making it much more usable. This project had one burning question though, what foundations to use in...

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