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Helical Piles for Cottage Foundations

Build Cottages That Last Using Helical Piles

Simple — No pouring or waiting for concrete to cure.
Stable — Ideal near lakes with low-density soil.
Efficient — No need to wait for the inspector.

Simple

No pouring or waiting for concrete to cure.

Stable

Ideal near lakes with low-density soil.

Efficient

No need to wait for the inspector.

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Concrete Posts Don’t Work For Cottages

Many cottages are built near lakes and other bodies of water, but the soil is not stable enough to support traditional concrete foundations. 

Not only is concrete insufficient over time, but pouring concrete and waiting for it to cure extends your project timeline by days. You will end up driving back and forth between other jobs and sit idle waiting for the inspector to arrive. Most contractors go to all of this work, knowing full well that the frost and thaws cycles in soft soil will shift and wear away their hard work.

Helical screw piles are fast, engineered for soft soil, and a simple way to ensure you build your cottage on a sturdy foundation. Stop wasting time and money. With helical screw piles, you can avoid all of the problems that come with concrete, while building a foundation for your cottage that will last.

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Supplies

We supply helical piles to deck contractors, large-scale construction firms, and anyone in-between. No franchising rights are needed.

Support

Our phone is always on. We are available to walk you through any training you need to install helical piles for your clients — on-site or practicing at home.

Equipment

From multi-powered torque heads to excavators, we can outfit your installation with everything you need.

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Build On Experience

We have over 15 years of experience in residential, commercial, and industrial helical pier foundation installation, underpinning and repairs. Our knowledge of geotechnical engineering and soil conditions gives us the tools we need to provide you with the expertise you can build on.

Get Started with Helical Piles

The first step in getting started with helical piles is a phone call. Based on the size of your project, a Mascore foundation professional will recommend the appropriate screw pile size and quantity for your job. Installing your screw piles takes only a few hours with no excavation or damage to your job site. 

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Why Helical Piles Work for Cottages?

  • Versitility in soft soil conditions
  • No excavation
  • Long-term stability 
  • Installed in all weather conditions

Using a helical screw pile foundation for your cottage means that you won't have to spend days waiting on concrete to dry before you can proceed with construction. Galvanized steel piles provide a durable foundation that is guaranteed to last and can be installed in any soil type, regardless of weather conditions. 

No Waiting For Inspections

Gone are the days of waiting for the local building inspector to show up on your site and approve your footings before pouring concrete. When using helical piles, an engineer provides reports for specific pile depth, size, and torque requirements.

Throughout the day, you can fill out the report as you reach the engineers required torque thresholds and can start building as soon as the piers are drilled. 

When the building inspector arrives, they will simply verify the drawings as your team proceeds toward completion.

A Foundation for Any Size Cottage

Screw piles are ideal for both small cottages and large estates on the water. They can withstand changes in climate, resulting in a foundation that will endure ground movement in any soil conditions. When installed correctly, each helical pile may support over 25,000 pounds; far more than what is required for even the biggest cottages.

Every screw pile comes with detailed product information that specifies the maximum weight it can handle. The maximum capacity of helical piles is dependent on the shaft size, as well as the size of the helix. As a CCMC certified building material, you can feel confident in the dependability of your screw piles, regardless of the size of your job.

Less Environmental Impact

Excavating for concrete post foundations creates a disruptive impact to the environment. Using helical piles for cottages causes almost no disruption. If you want to protect your client’s property, then the screw pile is the only way to go. Many Kubotas come with large track wheels that barely impact the ground beneath.

Reduce the Risk of Mistakes

Installing a concrete post only to find that your client changed their design, or that you installed the post in the wrong place can cause a delay in your timelines. Drilling another post will start your whole process over, and extend your timelines even further — and removing the post would cause a major headache as you tear up the property, fill another hole with sand or soil, and wave goodbye to your client’s referral.

Even the best builders make mistakes, but helical piles allow you to simply remove the metal screw and replace it in its proper location. You will not only save money on additional labour, but you will also be able to reuse the screw and avoid additional material expenditures.

A More Reliable Post

Most cottage builders drill the same depth for their concrete posts, regardless of the soil type. Typically, for areas that have colder climates, the municipal regulations recommend digging a foot below the frost line, however, while this may be an easy code to follow, it doesn't ensure the best product for your customers. 

The problem with this is that it doesn’t take into account different types of soil — some areas may consist of soft sand, and others a tougher clay. This inconsistency may lead to the foundation shifting over time, warping the cottages. 

Helical piles offer a more robust solution for your customers. By measuring a torque readout on each pile as you screw posts deeper, you are able to ensure consistency throughout the cottage’s foundation regardless of the soil condition.

Advantages of Helical Piles

Eliminate Concrete Curing

Helical piles can be used to replace concrete pads under decks. Helical piles need not be concreted into the ground and this will eliminate curing time, formwork, and associated costs.

Reduce Your Commuting Time

Helical piles help move your project to completion quickly. Unlike concrete, helical piles do not require time to dig out or set, allowing you to continue working without delays.

Installed All Year
Round

Concrete requires a temperature >5°C to cure — which means that most deck builders cannot start on your project until late in spring. When you build your decks with helical piles, you can kick the season off early. Get ahead of the summer rush and use helical piles to install decks before winter ends.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How deep do helical pilings need to be for a cottage?

Typically, a minimum of 4 feet is required for helical piles. Metal screw piles, unlike concrete posts that must be installed below the frost line, must be driven deep enough to reach the torque requirement and below the frost line. The depth required to satisfy the torque threshold is determined by the type of soil in which helical piles are placed.

Can you build a cottage on screw piles?

Yes, helical piles are ideal for cottage foundations. Generally, helical piles are as simple to install as any other pile and can be driven into most ground conditions. Typically helical piles foundations require less than 2m of piles and will result in significant labour, time, and cost savings as compared to traditional concrete foundations.

How much are helical piles for cottage foundations?

The price of helical piles for a cottage foundation is determined by several variables, including the number of posts, estimated load capacity, type of soil, and more. When comparing labour costs, material expenses, and waste removal charges between helical piles and traditional concrete posts, helical piles typically result in cost savings.

Can you install screw piles in winter?

Yes. Helical piles are suitable for use in all weather conditions, including extreme cold temperatures in Canada and Northern US states. This is possible as a result of removing concrete in the foundation design. You can install the helicals and begin working on your foundation project even if it's raining or snowing.

How long do helical piles for sheds last?

Helical piles will last more than 20 years. Made from galvanized steel, Mascore's helical piles are able to resist corrosion that occurs over time in concrete posts.

How long do helical piles last?

Helical piles will last more than 20 years. Made from galvanized steel, Mascore's helical piles are able to resist corrosion that occurs over time in concrete posts.

Are helical piers better than concrete for cottages?

Helical piers are superior to concrete for cottages in a variety of ways. Concrete expands and contracts as the temperature changes; steel helical piers, on the other hand, will not expand or contract to the same degree. Helical piles are faster to install, do not require weather conditions, can be placed in high water tables, and will never heave or sink.

What happens if the soil is soft?

If the helical piles are in very soft soil, extension bars will be needed to allow the helix anchor to reach the required torque load.

Where are helical piles used?

Helical pile foundations are used throughout the civil engineering sector to support heavy loads in large-scale projects such as commercial, industrial and residential buildings. Helical piles are also being used increasingly in underpinning applications where it is necessary to replace or extend existing foundations without any disturbance of the soil.

What are CCMC Certified Screw Piles?

In Canada, the Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) is a government-operated service that verifies building materials such as metal helical piles. Building with CCMC-approved materials gives you a safe and stable foundation for your project, as well as compliance with local building regulations. Mascore is a licensed maker of spiral piles approved by the CCMC.

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