Strong buildings are made on strong foundations. Piling is a type of deep foundation that is used in larger construction wherein the load of the building is transferred to deep grounds. At times, the soil strength on which the foundation is laid may be weak to bear the building load. In such situations, piles made of concrete, wood or steel are inserted deep under the ground.

Mini piles are the lighter and affordable versions of traditional piling. In this article, we learn about mini plies, when it is used, its advantages, methods and more

What is mini piling?

Mini piles a.k.a micro piles or mini bored piles are thoughtfully designed light-weighted piles used to strengthen ground soil and majorly intended for smaller construction projects or the ones with limited access to space. Unlike the standard piles, mini piles are narrower that can be either made of steel or concrete.

When are mini piles used in construction projects?

Mini piles foundations are used for smaller scaled construction projects but have been found extremely useful in bridges and highway projects as well. Mini bored piles are mostly a preferable choice for the foundation in:

  • Limited space areas
  • Environmentally sensitive areas 
  • Extension projects
  • Areas with poor soil conditions
  • Areas with water table issues
  • Areas with high seismic activity

Main Advantages of using mini piling

  • Allows to foundation repairs on the existing buildings

When compared to conventional piles, mini piles or micro piles can be used for the rehabilitation of old buildings. Being compact in size and since it requires less disturbance, mini piles can be easily used to strengthen the existing building with a firm foundation.

  • Confined area construction

Restricted working areas can be easily reached with micro piles. As mini piles are smaller in size, light in weight and extremely flexible.

  • Construction projects on poor soil conditions

Mini piles extend deep under the ground levels, so even if the soil is of poor condition that may shift with time, you needn’t worry about its effect on the building.               

  • Protect building from earthquakes

Areas prone to earthquakes need to have specially-made elements that can withstand immense amounts of tension and compression. Mini piles being flexible and ductile can effortlessly combat any uplifting forces.

  • Cheaper yet reliable foundation

No large hydraulic rigs or cranes required for mini piles. Compact rotary drills and simple grouting machines would do the job. Also when compared to the conventional pile, mini piles are reliable as even if any obstruction is encountered it will penetrate effortlessly.

  • Less drilling waste

Since very little muck or drilling waste is generated, it can be disposed of easily without causing posing risk to the environment.

Other benefits of mini piling include

    • Can bear extreme tension and compression
    • Easy to install
    • Reaching greater depths of the ground is easy
    • Gives less vibration
    • Low sound pollution

Clearly,  mini piles have certainly an upper hand here. That becomes the prime reason for the growing popularity of mini piles in construction projects. Most of the best piling contractors will recommend the right pile foundation based on various factors ranging from the type of project to the bearing capacity of the soil.

If you wish to know more about mini piles or other types of piles, feel free to contact us. We are Sheppard Piling, one of the leading piling contractors in London. Our experts will be happy to serve you with their best expertise and knowledge. Contact us here