Hello! I would like to give you the warmest welcome to my blog. My name is Pete and last year, I decided to carry out some home improvements. Somewhat foolishly, I decided to try and carry out the work myself. As you can imagine, it was a bit of a disaster as I do not have many skills. Thankfully, I have a friend who works in the construction and contracting service. He called in some of his friends who were able to come in and fix up the mess I had made. I am really pleased with the results so I thought I would write about it here.
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If you own a business on the water, or even if you live on the coast, it is likely that at some time you will need to call on the services of a marine contractor. Perhaps you will want to repair a dock or build a new boathouse or ramp. You might even want to find someone to put in place a scheme to control coastal erosion. Whatever you are planning, you will need to be confident that your project is in the capable hands of an experienced marine contractor.
All contractors are not the same
It can be tempting to think that all contractors are the same and that there is no reason to choose a specific marine contractor. The truth is that while all building contractors will be able to undertake simple building work, the task of marine contractors can be highly specialized, it involves the following:
Different types of construction: Marine contractors will be involved in the construction of breakwaters, sea walls, jetties, dredging, harbour construction, vegetation stabilization and a host of coastal work which would be largely unfamiliar to a conventional building contractor.
Different equipment: In addition to the technical knowledge required for such projects there is the question of tools. Pumps, tugs, barges and clamshell cranes are all vital equipment for coastal construction and are not readily available to inland construction companies.
Different environmental conditions: Marine contractors are frequently faced with challenging environmental conditions that are entirely different from those encountered by inland contractors. The morphology and soil types found in coastal regions along with the physical forces and general environment are not the same as those found inland. Marine contractors may also need to know about tidal patterns and the force and effects of the waves.
Different materials: All building materials need to be appropriate for their environment, and since there is a distinct difference between inland and coastal environments, then there will also be a difference in the materials used. Timber may be used in most environments, but the way it is treated or preserved will be different in each case. The concrete mixture used for coastal construction will also vary for coastal construction. Stone is yet another material that needs proper consideration. For an inland construction, a light stone such as sandstone may be perfect, but if you are working in a coastal environment where the stone must endure the force of waves pounding against it, a much denser stone will be required. If appropriate materials are not used, then they are likely to fail long before they should, leading to additional bills for their repair or replacement.Share