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Helical Piles For Solar Panel Foundation Designs

Catch Up to Demand With Helical Piles

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.

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.

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Traditional Foundation Systems Are Not Keeping Up with Solar Panel Demand

The installation of solar panels is becoming increasingly popular, but the traditional concrete foundations can’t keep up. 

Pouring concrete is slow, inefficient, and disruptive to the environment. Excavating thousands of post holes requires large, loud machinery to collect and dispose of waste — and after all of the work, concrete will eventually corrode after changing frost and thaws.

Helical piles offer a fast, cost-effective foundation system that is capable of adapting to any array of solar panels. They also have the ability to withstand compressive, tensile, and lateral forces which makes them more versatile than other traditional foundation systems.

You can drill hundreds of solar panel posts in a single day with helical piles. They're suitable for any soil type, come with a galvanized system that is corrosion-free and are capable of bearing load right after installation. Installing helical piles saves money and mitigates unnecessary environmental impact by avoiding excavation and waste removal.

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Installing Helical Piles? We Have Everything You Need

Supplies

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

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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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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 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 can start building as soon as they are drilled. 

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

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 lawn, fill another hole with soil, and say 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 be able to reuse the screw to avoid additional material expenditures.

A More Reliable Post

Most solar panel installers 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 and solar panels that become unstraightened. 

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 foundation regardless of the soil condition.

Advantages of Helical Piles

Eliminate Concrete Curing

Helical piles can also be used to replace concrete pads under solar panels. 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 solar panel installers cannot start on your project until late in spring. Build your solar panel foundations with helical piles, to get ahead of the summer rush.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Helical Piles good for solar panel foundations?

Yes. Helical piles are good for solar panel 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 3m of piles and will result in significant labour, time, and cost savings as compared to traditional concrete foundations.

How much are helical piles for solar panel foundation?

The price of helical piles for a solar panel 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 the requirements for solar helical piles be customized ?

Yes. At Mascore, we offer solar foundation designs using custom helical piles. You can choose the type of pile that is best suited for your solar panel foundation and our engineers will help you with the design. We also have a wide range of helical piles that are suitable for all kinds of soil and weather conditions, so you can be sure that your solar panel installation is well-protected.

Are helical piers better than concrete for solar panel foundations?

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 as much. 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.

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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