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 you’re working with. Only that way will you be able to lay the right foundations. And increasingly, the ‘right’ foundations are proving to be helical piles.

But clay soil has a reputation for being tricky to build on. It has a high dree of moisture retention, and can be prone to seasonal fluctuations. So, can you use screw piles in clay? And what else do you need to know?

Screw Piles in Clay Soil: The Facts

Can you use screw piles in clay?

One of the main reasons that screw piles have become so popular as building foundations is that they can be installed in a diverse range of subsurface conditions. From very loose sand to very heavy clay. So, as long as you know what you’re working with, screw piles make a good choice for clay soils.

What screw piles do I need for clay soil?

Every construction project is slightly different. And the type of piles you need will depend as much on the projected load of your completed structure as it does on your soil type. Once you know the approximate expected weight of your structure and your soil type, your screw pile supplier should be able to advise you on the specific equipment you need.

When to use screw piles

Screw piles can be used for a wide range of applications. From decks, sheds, garden rooms, and small home extensions, to public piers, and festival venues. If you need a safe, quick, efficient, and cost-effective foundation solution, screw piles provide a low-impact option.

Can I install screw piles by hand in clay?

Screw piles have been designed for installation either by hand or with groundworks machines. And if you do wish to install screw piles yourself by hand, there are simple tools available to help you.

Can I install screw piles with a skid steer in clay?

Yes. Easily. If you have the space and the right attachment, a skid steer will aid with the rapid installation of screw piles. For locations where you have less room to manoeuvre, a skid steer mini loader would also do the job well.

How much do screw piles cost?

The cost of screw piles varies according to the type, width, and length of pile you require. For a precise quote, get in touch with UK Helix. We can advise you on the types of screw piles suited to your project, how many you’ll need, and how much that will cost you.

Simple, sustainable, and versatile, screw piles can be used in a wide variety of conditions – including clay soil – for a diverse range of projects.  So, if you are planning a new shed, deck, or garden room, screw piles are definitely worth your consideration.

If you need help finding the right screw piles for your next project, get in touch with UK Helix. 

Disclaimer –Information in this blog does not in any way constitute building advice or guidance for private or commercial building projects.

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