Boardwalks are a very beautiful and functional addition to a property. They add a space that many guests will love to spend time at. They also preserve the natural local features of your area. They provide a route for people to access marshlands and sandy beaches.
Unlike bridges, which are intended to cross deep water, boardwalks allow for pedestrians to cross over shallow water. The boardwalks are constructed using wood, fiberglass or concrete piling. The deck can be made with wood, vinyl, concrete or composite. A professional should consult with you to determine the type of material that would be best for your boardwalk. You will also need to make sure that your boardwalk is following all local building codes.
Protecting The Environment
Learn about the protections that have been put in place to protect the environment. These protections may make it impossible to construct a boardwalk in a particular area or may require that the boardwalk be constructed in a particular manner. The materials used for the boardwalk must be very durable because the boardwalk must withstand Mother Nature, sand, sun, foot traffic and various other forms of stress. If the boardwalk is made out of less durable materials, it will be more expensive to repair and maintain.
Having A Live Load
The most important factor when creating the boardwalk is to determine the correct live load. For example, a 15,000 pound load might have 10,000 pounds distributed near the rear axle and 5,000 pounds distributed to the front axle.
Boardwalks can have liability concerns since those who walk on them can suffer serious injuries if they fall over the edge of the boardwalk. Fortunately, with the use o form liners, concrete can be cast in a manner that creates a textured surface that reduces slippage. Another way to increase the texture and reduce slippage is through sandblasting.
Constructing The Boardwalk
Boardwalks are also great for residential areas where the boardwalk can connect residents to their homes. A well-constructed boardwalk can add value to a property. The construction of the boardwalk should only be performed by professionals because there are certain methods that must be used that are more unique to boardwalks. For example, driving piles over water requires a barge that positions the pile driving equipment in the body of water. When built properly, the boardwalk will last and will prove the value of the property. Contact a company that specializes in marine construction for additional info.