Most concrete seawalls located on waterfront properties throughout the Tampa Bay area were constructed of concrete during the 1950’s -1960’s. The majority of these seawalls were designed to last a structural lifetime of 20-30 years. Throughout the years most of these seawalls have begun to fail due to heavy rains, tropical storms and hurricanes.
A typical seawall system has various parts that can be repaired or replaced depending on the degree of failure. It consists of a cap (concrete or wood), some type of anchor (buried underground), and wall (concrete, aluminum, wood or vinyl). With periodic maintenance, a seawall can be preserved to last many years.
New Seawall Construction
Marine construction of a seawall (bulkhead) requires quality materials, advanced technology, and experienced craftsmanship to prevent erosion and withstand strong winds and high waves. We encourage the installation of vinyl seawalls over conventional materials for increased longevity and environmental protection. However, we understand commercial marinas or waterfront residences may require a seawall of stone (rip rap), concrete, or specially treated wood and will be happy to accommodate you accordingly.
When contemplating the construction of a seawall or retaining wall, several permitting agencies will need to be contacted. We will take care of all permits required by the State, County and City governments.
Gulfside Docks offers free estimates of all work needed, please call us for a inspection. After a wall fails, costs can easily double or triple compared to installing a new wall system in front of an existing wall before it fails.