Fast — No waiting for concrete to cure.
Affordable — Cut down on trips to the site, labour hours, and waste disposal.
Efficient — No need to wait for the inspector.
Helical piles have distinct advantages over traditional foundation designs and anchor systems. Unlike concrete, which takes time to cure, screw piles are load bearing immediately after installation. The flexibility to install helical piers in any climate or soil condition, can extend your work season, allowing you to complete more jobs, faster and more efficiently. A better question — why not use helical piles?
No waiting for concrete to cure
Cut down on trips to the site, labour hours, and waste disposal
No more waiting for the inspector
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If you’re a deck builder, your typical project is like this: The first day, your crew drills post holes and sits idle waiting for the building inspector. Day two, you spend the day waiting for the concrete to cure. Day three, you return to the site to finish the deck. You make multiple trips to the site, you pay for downtime, and your team works hard digging holes and removing soil waste.
If that sounds like your process — helical piles are the answer.
You need a product that is fast, reliable, and can be used in any situation. Helical piles allow you to complete your whole project in a single day by eliminating the need for concrete and time wasted waiting for inspections. You can keep your project moving and grow your business by starting a new job tomorrow.
We supply helical piles to deck contractors, large-scale construction firms, and anyone in-between. No franchising rights are needed.
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.
From multi-powered torque heads to excavators, we can outfit your installation with everything you need.
Since 2015, our experience in residential, commercial, and industrial helical pile foundation installation, underpinning, and repairs has led us to work with a wide range of customers from deck contractors to Fortune 500 companies. Our knowledge of geotechnical engineering and soil conditions gives us the tools we need to provide you with the expertise you can build on.
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.
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 a report with specific pile depth, size, and torque requirements.
You can fill out the report throughout the day, as you reach the engineers required torque thresholds, and 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. Fast, simple, and efficient.
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 client’s lawn, fill another hole with soil, and wave goodbye to your referral.
Even the best deck 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.
Most deck 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 process 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 deck.
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 deck's foundation, regardless of the soil condition.
Helical piles can be used to replace concrete pads under decks. Helical piles do not need to be concreted into the ground which eliminates curing time, formwork, and associated costs.
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.
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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Yes. Helical piles are good for deck foundations. Generally, helical piles are as simple to install as any other pile and can be driven into most ground conditions. The helical screw piles are installed to the precise depth required by engineered drawings, which is determined by a soil investigation. Typically, helical pile foundations require less than 2m of pile depth and will result in significant labour, time, and cost savings, as compared to traditional concrete foundations.
The price of helical piles for a deck 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.
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.
Helical piers are superior to concrete 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 piers are faster to install, do not require particular weather conditions, can be placed in areas where the water table is high, and will never heave or sink.
If the helical piers are placed in very soft soil, extension bars will be needed to allow the helix anchor to reach the required torque load. These extension bars will continue to extend the helical piers shaft until the requirement is met.
Helical piles are suitable for use in all weather conditions, including the extreme cold. This is possible as a result of removing concrete in the foundation's design. You can install the helicals and begin working on your foundation project even during rain or snow.
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 increasingly used in underpinning applications where it is necessary to replace or extend existing foundations without any disturbance of the soil.
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.