Seawall Repair Overview
What is Seawall Repair?
Seawall repair is the process of restoring and/or reinforcing an existing seawall to maintain its integrity as an erosion control solution.
What Problems It Solves:
Seawalls can take a beating over their lifespan. Many seawalls can last for decades, which is great, but parts of a seawall may need repairs or replacements from time to time.
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Seawall Repair Process
First, you’ll need to find a professional to help repair your seawall to make sure it’s done properly. A contractor will assess the damage and determine what material and labor expenses will be required to repair your seawall.
The materials needed for seawall repairs depend on the type of seawall, the type of damage or wear and tear that needs to be repaired, and the location of the seawall.
Materials may include:
- Concrete panels
- Steel sheet pile
- Single composite sheet pile
- Aluminum sheet pile
Depending on where you live, what kind of seawall you are repairing, and the extent of the repairs, you may not need a permit. Your seawall repair contractor will be able to advise.
Below is a list of some of the challenges that seawalls may face that might require you to get repairs:
- Corrosion, often due to seawater.
- Water and wind damage over time.
- Wood can be weathered and damaged over time.
Questions To Ask Contractors
- Ask your contractor about similar seawalls that they have repaired in the past.
- Ask about any permits required.
- Ask for proof that they are insured and licensed.
Different Types of Seawall Repair
There are several different types of seawalls:
- Concrete seawalls
- Steel sheet pile seawalls
- Single composite or vinyl sheet pile seawalls
- Aluminum sheet pile
- Wood seawalls
Alternative Solutions to Seawall Repair
If you need repair to your seawall, the only true alternative is a new seawall. See our seawall construction page.
Costs of Seawall Repair
Seawall repairs can cost anywhere between $150-$250 per linear square foot. Sometimes more, depending on what labor, materials, and equipment are required for repair.
Bid & Buying Solicitation
Always get several bids or quotes from contractors with relevant experience.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Seawalls that are properly maintained and repaired can last 30-50 years. Seawalls that are not well-maintained will not last as long.
The life span of a seawall is also dependent on the type of seawall, rising water, and other outside factors.
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