Driven piles are long, slender columns used to form deep foundations by being hammered into the ground to a desired depth or resistance. Driven piles gain strength and stability by compressing the soil as they are driven into the ground.
Pearson Drilling provides pile driving services for a variety of pile materials and types, described below.
Types of Driven Piles
Typically made from concrete, round piles are cylindrical in shape.
Wide Flange piles are made from steel and have an H-shaped figure. The cross-section of a Wide Flange pile is usually rectangular (not square), and can vary greatly in strength and weight based on the thickness of the steel.
Similar to Wide Flange piles, H-piles are typically made from steel and also have an H-shaped figure. H-piles have a square cross-section, and have a more consistent strength and weight profile. Both Wide Flange and H-piles are very common for larger construction projects, but both can degrade over time in corrosive soil conditions.
Made from the trunks of large trees, these piles are common for use in residential and smaller commercial structures. Wood piles are more economical than steel or concrete piles, and when treated can maintain structural integrity indefinitely.
Concrete is one of the strongest materials for driven piles, as the concrete can be reinforced with rebar and pre-stressed during fabrication, which increases its strength. Concrete piles will often be used to form deep foundations for larger constructuion projects, and multiple concrete piles can be “capped” with a concrete platform to distribute heavier loads across multiple piles.
Find more details on the different types of piles we can install below: