Commercial Boardwalk Materials: An Honest Comparison [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted by Carrie Parada on August 10, 2015

When it comes to the big three commercial boardwalk materials (wood, composite decking and concrete), the competition is steep. We realize it can be difficult to find reliable information through the plethora of sales pitches, discussions ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Get to Know Your Piers: Timber vs. Concrete Fishing Pier

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on October 6, 2014

Whether you fish every weekend or just occasionally, you know that not all fishing piers are created equal. Sometimes visiting an observation or fishing pier can less than ideal with unstable pile supports (see picture below) or cracking ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Materials, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Design Considerations for Salt Exposure & Concrete Boardwalks

Posted by Jason Philbin on August 7, 2014

It may not be winter, but snow and ice don’t take a backseat in boardwalk design just because of the season. In Canada or northern regions of the US that see high volumes of snow and ice, salting a boardwalk or pedestrian bridge surface is ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Marine Boardwalk Construction Challenges: Storm Surges & Salt Exposure

Posted by Jason Philbin on July 14, 2014

Designing a boardwalk for commercial use in a marine environment comes with a unique set of challenges for designers. Engineers and architects must account for static site conditions as well as natural events that may occur during the ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

What Causes Boardwalk Tripping Hazards?

Posted by Stephen Beach on March 14, 2014

We’ve all seen the America’s Funniest Home Videos and YouTube sensations that show people falling, tripping and slipping in public. Sure those clips can be good for a laugh, but in reality, tripping on an uneven surface can cause serious ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Boardwalk Material Warranties: Wood vs. Composite vs. Concrete

Posted by Jason Philbin on December 18, 2013

If you are a designer, landscape architect or business owner looking to begin a new boardwalk project, you know that it is a big undertaking and a significant investment in time and money. Every decision you make now is important, but ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

What Kind of Maintenance is Required for a Concrete Boardwalk?

Posted by Fritz Fromherz on October 7, 2013

Boardwalk decks are designed for exterior use, constantly exposed to the reality of harsh weather and the effects of nature. Most public walkways and trail systems require annual maintenance to continue to look nice, function correctly and ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Is a Concrete Boardwalk Durable Enough to Withstand Salt Exposure?

Posted by Jason Philbin on September 10, 2013

I've had multiple conversations recently about applying salt during the winter months to our boardwalk system. I decided to post an email exchange about this topic for those who are considering a boardwalk application in an area with harsh ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

Do Concrete Boardwalks Crack? Lessons From a Structural Engineer

Posted by Jason Philbin on August 30, 2013

Often in our meetings and presentations, people want to know, "Do you have problems with cracking in your concrete boardwalks?" It's a fair question-- people see cracks in sidewalks, parking garages, temporary highway barriers, etc. Nobody ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Design, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance

What Can Steve Jobs Teach Us About Boardwalk Construction?

Posted by Stephen Beach on May 31, 2013

Do you work for a rebel company? Are you a rebel yourself?  Believe it or not, the way you approach your day or the projects you take on could put you in the rebel category that Steve Jobs manifested and publicized in the popular Apple ...

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Topics: Boardwalk Construction, Boardwalk Durability/Maintenance