House flipping is an increasingly popular real estate endeavor for many people. In fact, even for those with little to no experience in the world of property sales and real estate, house flipping can be lucrative. The key to house flipping is finding property at a low cost that needs repairs, making those repairs and then reselling the property for a higher amount with profit. One of the issues you may encounter is with the foundation of the property. This means you may need to have piling work done. Here are the options you may hear about and what you should know about them.
Sheet Steel Piling
Sheet steel piling is a type of construction piling you may see along lakesides and waterfronts. Though it can be used in other environments, the sheet steel method is effective in beach-style or loose sand areas. The sheet steel pilings are heavy duty sheets of steel that are placed in a fence link or straight line pattern. This allows for weight distribution and helps to maintain the foundation with minimal ground disturbance. If you are on waterfront property, this may be the ideal option for the property, as it can also provide a wall barrier to any flooding that may occur as the nearby water crests during storms.
'H' Style Piling
The 'H' style piling is often mentioned when weight distribution is a concern for the structure. For example, you may have a home that has heavier load-bearing areas or wider areas of weight distribution. Either of these conditions can be handled with the installation of 'H' style pilings. The pilings are generally made of steel and cause low disruption to the soil. They can take on the wider space of weight and reduce the chances of bowing, sinking, and other related issues you may be experiencing on the property. This is also an option if you are concerned with disturbing the home and the structure itself.
Pipe Style Piling
Pipe style piling can take longer, but it may be the most ideal depending on the issues your property foundation is experiencing. The pipes are made of steel and are generally hollow. They are placed into the ground and then filled with a stabilizing material, such as concrete. The piling may be left uncapped, but can be capped depending on the foundational issues the property is experiencing. The pile offers stability and durability under most conditions.
Your contractor will inspect the foundation as part of a first step or inspection. This is the time when they will let you know if you need foundation repair. You can then discuss the piling options. Your piling contractors will give you suggestions for the ideal option and move forward according to your plans and needs.