Fortify Your Dock with Fortress Pilings

Fortress Pilings, founded in 2008, combines design ingenuity with construction fortitude. A sister company of Centek Marine, the world’s leading designer and manufacturer of marine exhaust systems, Fortress Piling was born after watching miles and miles of fiberglass tubing roll by. Thanks to the expertise of a leading Georgia Tech composite engineer, the team was able to create a strong, durable composite pile that rivals others on the market and provides some unique benefits.

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The Benefits of Composite Piling

Why choose composite pilings over treated wood pilings, steel, or concrete pilings? Check out the following benefits of using Fortress Pilings for you dock:

Rot resistant: Marine organisms cause serious damage to timber piling. Fortress Pilings are not susceptible to damage caused by marine organisms.

Attractive: Why sacrifice style for strength? With Fortress Pilings, you get both! Fortress Pilings are available in three standard colors: light gray, tan, and deep brown. Custom colors are also available for those clients looking for a high end finished product.

Strong: The unique manufacturing process makes Fortress Pilings stronger than traditional treated wood pilings.

Light Weight: Weighing in at only 7.2 lbs/ft, the 9” diameter pile is over 70% lighter than a timber piling! Fortress Pilings are easy to move around the jobsite without the need for heavy equipment.

Environmentally-friendly: many dock owners and governing authorities alike are looking for ways to use new materials that will satisfy the need for strong waterfront construction structures but also selecting materials that have no chemical contact with waterways. FRP piles are right in the middle of satisfying that need.

Cost-effective: Initially, composite pilings aren’t the least expensive piling option. However, because Fortress Pilings will not rot like wood, rust like steel, nor crumble like concrete the life cycle is much longer than the alternatives. For a small percent increase in the overall project cost, you can have a foundation that will last for generations.

Energy Absorbing: The way in which this unique composite piling is manufactured allows it to absorb energy better than traditional materials, thus offering a level of protection in case of a collision with either a boat or jet ski.

Fortress Pilings are offered in a variety of diameters and wall thicknesses which allows you to pick the best size for your project. Standard (0.25”), Medium (0.31”), and Super (0.375”) wall thicknesses are available in 8”, 9”, 10”, and 12” diameters. In addition, Fortress Pilings can also be custom sized to meet the exact specifications required for your project.

How Fortress Pilings Are Made

Fortress Pilings are made using a barrier liner which is then wrapped at precise angles with continuous fiberglass strands which are coated with vinyl ester resin and finished with a premium marine-grade coating. Because Fortress Pilings are hollow they may be filled with concrete or other materials for added strength if needed. Each component helps make the piles durable, strong, and attractive.

How Fortress Piling is Made
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What to Consider When Choosing Your Piling

Pilings provide the foundation for your dock and provide the structure on which everything will rest. When choosing your piling, make sure to consider the following:

Suitability for your project: What will your foundation support? Are you planning a large dock with an attached boat lift? A sightseeing dock for peaceful evenings on the lake? Will your dock need to support a lot of foot traffic? Whichever piling you choose will need to be strong enough to support whatever activities are planned for the dock.

Your goals: Do you want to ensure your dock is environmentally-friendly? Are you concerned with the color of your pilings or want a specific look? If so, composite pilings are ideal for your dock.

By aligning your project’s needs and your personal preferences, you are better equipped to choose the right piling for your dock. And if you need assistance, Decks & Docks is standing by.

Comparative Data on Fiberglass Pilings

Below you can view the comparison of the two types of pilings and decide what best suits your needs.

Decks & Docks: Your Piling Provider

For a great dock, you need great piling. At Decks & Docks, we know that every project is different and we’re happy to help you choose the right piling and deck boards so you can fully enjoy your dock for many years to come. In addition, we can help you pick out dock accessories such as piling caps and lighting that will help protect your piling, make your dock safer, and keep it looking attractive.

Your pilings are integral to the safety and longevity of your dock. There is no shortage of options, however, different types of piling offer different benefits. Wood, steel, concrete, and composite piles all have their various pros. If you’d like to learn more about composite piling or any other type, don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to discuss your project with you and help you find everything you need to make an attractive dock, from composite piling to piling protectors and dock ladders.