There are several concerns when building in the water, especially in sensitive areas like wetlands and oceans. One of these, of course, is the environmental impact. Nature Bridges helps preserve these habitats by using top down construction and planning appropriately. Construction of boardwalks and other walkways in water also require special attention because of the effects of water over time.
Marine Building Materials
Over time, moisture – and especially standing water – can impact structural and decking components of any structure built in or around it. While Nature Bridges and other construction companies use several types of building materials, there are some that are better for these damp areas.
Anytime lumber is used outdoors where it can get wet, it needs to be pressure-treated. It is the building material that often blends best with nature and is often the lowest-cost material. Composite decking and precast concrete are also common building materials for marine construction because of their durability. Each of these materials has advantages and drawbacks, so Nature Bridges carefully assesses the needs of each site and chooses the best materials for every part of your new bridge.
The structural components of your bridge or walkway include abutments, beams, cantilevers, and several other parts that perform specific functions. Together, all of these components support the decking, which is where you walk. Boardwalk construction and design includes carefully selecting not only the materials but the type of structure that will best support the decking.
Over time, all bridges need maintenance, and some parts may need to be replaced. With marine construction, however, water means that this may need to happen more quickly than with a boardwalk over dry land. Nature Bridges and other boardwalk constructors spend time in the bridge design phase evaluating the area. This includes an assessment of potential building materials, structural component designs, and other details that will keep the structure lasting as long as possible. If the structure holds too much moisture or is prone to mold or algae growth, the boardwalk will need to be replaced more often. That increases maintenance costs. More importantly, it means that the bridge construction crew will need to bring equipment onsite to maintain or repair more often. Every time bridge repairs are completed, it has an impact on the surrounding plant and animal life.
Nature Bridges has decades of experience building in marine environments. Whether you need a bridge over the ocean, wetlands, or a river, we’ll carefully assess the situation and ensure that you can walk over the water for years to come without disturbing the sensitive habitat you want to protect.