Steel sheet piling is mostly used in the construction industry to create a permanent or temporary retaining wall. Sheet piling is made up of a series of long vertical sections of steel which are interlocked and driven into the ground to create one long continuous supporting wall. These walls are used to protect work areas and construction sites by preventing the collapse of soil and earth.
When assessing a site, Sheet piling contractors will need to examine the geology of the site to determine the ground in which the piling is to be driven. The hardness of the ground will directly affect the choice of sheet pilings and the pressure required.
Steel sheet piling can be installed on either a temporary or permanent basis. Permanent steel sheeting will remain in the ground after the construction project is completed whilst temporary sheeting, as its name suggests, will be removed.
There are two main types of steel sheet piling and both have their own applications. The two main types are hot rolled sheet piling and cold formed sheet piling. Hot rolled piling is manufactured at high temperatures and as such features a much tighter locking system than cold formed piling. This makes it more suitable for applications where the ground id particularly hard to drive.