Vinyl Seawall Panels
Why Corrugated Vinyl Seawall Panels Work
Vinyl seawall panels are often used both in new seawall construction AND in repairing failing concrete seawalls.
You can think about a concrete seawall as being built like a poured concrete wall for a house. Forms are built, concrete is poured in and in the end you get a solid wall between your property and the water.
Since erosion is a big factor in seawall health, anchors called “tie-backs” are buried far up into your property and attached to the upper part of the seawall. That prevents the seawall from tilting into the water from the top if the soil underneath erodes.
But concrete is subject to cracking and deterioration over time, and that’s the beginning of a failed seawall.
Just walk outside and take a look at your driveway. Once a crack appears, water intrusion and plants expand the crack and eventually the driveway needs replaced. Same thing for a concrete seawall. But not when you use vinyl seawall panels.
Why Use Corrugated Vinyl for Seawalls
The panels used to build a vinyl seawall are ingenious in 2 different ways:
First: Vinyl does not corrode or crack like concrete does. After all, PVC is a vinyl compound and it’s used in thousands of applications, including medical, specifically because it doesn’t corrode. You can learn more about the science behind vinyl here: https://www.vinylinfo.org/uses/
So no cracks or erosion over time.
Second: Corrugated vinyl seawall panels are installed with tongue and groove. That’s one of the tightest, strongest techniques to use to bond one panel to another. And that’s used to prevent water intrusion.
Let’s put it this way… if you’re driveway was made of corrugated vinyl panels instead of poured concrete, you probably wouldn’t need to worry about cracks!
Vinyl Seawall Panel Uses
Vinyl seawall panels are most often used in the Tampa Bay area in all types of seawall repair. One of the best ways to repair a concrete seawall is actually installing a vinyl seawall right in front of it. Often times the best way to ensure a long lasting seawall installation is to use vinyl seawall panels in the first place.
Highlights of using a Vinyl Seawall
- Low Maintenance: Vinyl seawall is easy to maintain and requires little maintenance.
- Rot-resistant: Saltwater won’t negatively impact vinyl seawall.
- UV Protection: Excess sun and heat can weaken other materials, but not vinyl.
- Durable: Dock worms, or ship worms are a real concern in the Tampa – St Pete area for some seawalls. That’s not a factor when you’re using Vinyl, which can last over 50 years.
- Easy to Install: Because the product is uniform and lightweight, vinyl seawall and vinyl pilings are easier to install than other materials.
- Guaranteed: Product manufacturers offer exceptional warranties on vinyl seawalls—something you just won’t get with another seawall
These corrugated seawall panels aren’t right for every seawall repair or installation. That’s why Tampa Dock and Seawall is so careful about what to recommend for your project.
Looking for Seawall Repair or Installation
As you’re looking for someone to install those panels or build a new seawall, realize that it’s a serious construction project well outside the capabilities of a craiglist handyman or unlicensed worker.
Tampa Dock and Seawall is a state licensed contractor that has built and repaired hundreds of seawalls in the area. You can see our BBB rating and license number right on the front page of the website. This is important because a licensed contractor will pull all the correct permits – which could save you thousands in fines and fees and will install a seawall that will last for years to come – which will save you from repeating your investment in repairs or replacements when substandard work fails.
Let the professional team at Tampa Dock and Seawall help you decide the right materials and techniques to build or repair your seawall – you’ll love the results!