Crane Materials International (CMI) revolutionized the sheet piling industry more than thirty years ago with the introduction of ShoreGuard Vinyl Sheet Piling. Prior to that time, most seawalls, bulkheads and water control structures were made of steel, concrete, or treated wood. Many engineers working with these materials have faced a number of design and service issues. Steel rusts, is expensive and requires endless maintenance. Steel is also often coated with toxic chemicals to extend the service life, which can be harmful to the immediate environment. Concrete structures are subject to deterioration through settling, cracking, or the corrosion of the reinforcing steel. Often, additional deep foundations are required when using concrete adding unnecessary additional expenses. Treated wood leaches toxic chemicals, can be damaged by UV exposure, and is eventually compromised by fungus, bacteria, termites, or marine borers in brackish and saltwater.
AlumiGuard is a line of high performance aluminum sheet piling from Crane Materials International that has been used for over 40 years in the in construction of seawalls, bulkheads and water control structures. CMI’s AlumiGuard and ArmorWare products allow you to build an entire wall system with highly durable aluminum components including sheets, anchor rods, caps and dead man anchors. Although CMI’s aluminum sheets will drive and perform with the stiffness of a structural metal, aluminum is about one-third the weight of steel and has a very high strength-to-weight ratio which makes it cost effective to transport and easy to handle on the job site. Common Applications using aluminum sheet piling are:
CMI engineered UltraComposite, CMI’s line of Fiberglass Reinforced Polymer (FRP) sheet piling, as an alternative to steel sheet piling. This product, manufactured in an ISO-certified production facility, presents a huge opportunity to make your project cost less, last longer, and leave a lower environmental impact.
UltraComposite offers the following benefits over steel: