Here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) that we get from clients. This list will grow as we get asked more questions – so ask away! Give us a call today at (954) 745-0567 or email us at email@example.com.
- How many permits will I need for my seawall?
That really depends on the design, location, and other environmental factors. You could require permits from your municipality, county, State, and Federal government. It can be daunting, but we’ve done this a time or two. Check out our blog on environmental permitting and give us a call if you have specific questions.
- My wall overtops during King Tides. What do I do?
The solution is really on a case-by-case basis. We’ll happily send out a Seawall Associate to meet you on-site and discuss your options. We will try and find the best solution for you and there is no one-size-fits-all solution to this problem. Feel free to give us a call to discuss further, too.
- What type of material should I use to build my wall? Different contractors are recommending different products.
This is a pretty common situation. Contractors will use what they know best – which is a good thing. It also means that you will get different material suggestions from different contractors. Take a look at our blog post on seawall materials and give us a call to discuss your seawall today. We love talking about seawall materials.
- Why us?
Seawall Associates is an all-in-one platform that manages your seawall build, from start to finish. We wear many hats, including being your seawall advisor, steward, and guru to assist homeowners in their seawall build journey. As experts in coastal engineering with a focus on Florida’s unique topography and challenges, you can rest assured that your seawall is protected on both the coastal and property front.
- What is the Seawall Associates process?
From the start of any project to its completion, Seawall Associates prioritizes practicing due diligence and practical financing, as well as considering environmental conditions and more to provide to you the most productive and cost-effective approach to your seawall build. Our expert process is designed to give you all of what you need and none of what you don’t.
- How am I being helped as a homeowner?
As a homeowner, you have countless worries to begin with. On top of these worries, when a home turns into a construction site additional stressors may arise. That is where Seawall Associates comes in. We are here to act as your Engineer and Owner’s Representative to mitigate your stress and be the point of contact between you and the onsite contractor. We are here to assist you by overseeing the entire project.
- How does sea level rise affect my seawall?
Seawalls act as the first line of defense against flooding and rising seas. Yet, with seas rising at an unprecedented level, current seawalls are not built high enough to withstand the influx of water that is yet to come. Additionally, many seawalls in the South Florida region are nearing the end of their lifecycle and require upgrades. Albeit seawalls themselves cannot solve the problem of sea level rise on its own, raising them relative to future environmental conditions will help slow down the effects.
- Seawalls are meant to last 40+ years, why do they fail?
A combination of elements may cause a seawall to fail. The harsh nature of the marine environment in which it is in, corroding away at the seawall itself due to exposure to saltwater, or the gradual erosion that naturally occurs over time, are both key stressors that cause seawall failures. Additional reasons include lack of maintenance or changes to your property, such as adding a pool, that will incorporate additional weight the seawall was not originally designed to hold.
- What options do I have for my seawall?
There are several viable options available for your seawall. Depending on the severity of the problem, whether it be a minor crack or a deteriorating wall, your Seawall Associates Engineer is here to assess and assist you in determining the best option uniquely tailored to you.
- How do you determine to repair or replace a seawall?
Once on-site, the inspection process will initially determine the current status of your seawall and lay the foundation for appropriate recommendations. At this phase, your Seawall Associate Engineer will determine the best course of action, in terms of repairing or replacing your seawall, in the most cost-effective way in concert with keeping the homeowner’s interests always in mind.
- How often does my seawall need to be inspected?
Seawalls require inspections every 5-7 years. One of the primary causes of seawall failures is lack of maintenance. By taking preliminary action and getting your seawall inspected, this will help to ensure any issues are foreseen and accounted for.
- Who may I contact for all my seawall questions?
Your designated Seawall Associate is here to act as your point-person for any and all your seawall questions. We will provide on-call communications that will assist the homeowner in any concerns they may have and ensure that the project runs smoothly from start to finish.
- How many permits will I need for my seawall?