Benefits of Ground Screws
Ground screws offer an innovative and superior alternative to concrete foundations
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Whether you seek a full service installation or intend to self install, Grounded NZ is here to assist you.
Fast, Versatile and Cost Effective
Expect fast installation since there is no earth work, minutes only to wind in a ground screw and immediate loading is possible. Ground screws come in many shapes and sizes and connect easily and securely to many configurations like beams, posts, poles, plates. It is easy to design cost effectively an adapter for a specific application and enjoy the benefits of ground screws.
The ease to install ground screws makes variations in planning and execution possible to accommodate on the fly: for example install another ground screw to bridge a gap or switch to a longer one to accommodate a softer ground than expected.
Ground screws save time, simplify planning, speed up project execution, eliminate concrete and collateral or remedial work. Ground screws allow to complete projects on time and on budget.
No Digging, No Excavation, No Disposal, No Mess!
Nobody likes digging holes. It is a hard job, leading to lengthy clean ups and damaging to the site. Ground screws are driven directly into the ground without any digging or excavation. Once the location of the screw has been identified and a shallow pilot hole pre-drilled, the screw is simply wound in the ground until level height.
By selecting the appropriate length, ground screws suit every terrain: flat, uneven or even sloping. As it penetrates the ground, the ground screw displaces the soil to the side compressing it without producing any mound on surface. That also means no soil to relocate or dispose of. Time consuming and costly site preparation is avoided.
Concrete has valuable uses and qualities. However it is time consuming, cumbersome mixing equipment is required, pouring and setting is dependent on weather, and eventually it will have to be disposed at the landfill.
All can be avoided with ground screws: hand carry equipment only, installation right upon arrival on site, and no waste material produced (it does not hurt to consider end of life issues when building new)!
Furthermore, ground screws are a lower carbon alternative, use fewer resources and cause less damage. Work faster, easier and greener, use groundscrews!
No Soil Sealing. No Soil Damage. No Traces.
When using ground screws, the soil is not sealed and the underground not disturbed. Rainwater can circulate freely underneath the structure between the ground screws. An added benefit that reduces the need for costly separate drainage channels.
Ground screws have a very small footprint thanks to their slender shaft. That makes them ideal to work close to trees while avoiding fragile roots (think Kauri!). Little risk of damaging roots if you are not digging! They can also work very close to foundations of existing buildings.
Removal of ground screws is even easier than installation. The surrounding area is left undamaged and easily returns to its original condition. Good news for culturally, historically and environmentally sensitive areas (as well as your own back yard).
No Waiting, Ready for Immediate Loading
Due to the installation method, there is minimal disturbance to the ground. As a result ground screws provide instant load bearing resistance as soon as installed at level height. There is no curing time like for concrete. A bit of rain will not delay installation.
The work can continue immediately speeding up the completion of the project, for example placing the subframe for a deck. Handling fixed deadlines for a project is now easier.
No Compromise - Strong, Durable, Re-usable, Recyclable
Ground screws are built to resist heavy loads and also the elements above and below the ground. Made of structural steel and galvanised, they last for decades.
Ground screws can be recycled or reused after the structure supported has been dismantled, no unsightly remains or disposal to landfills to worry about. Make no compromise with ground screws.
Peace of Mind with Knowing the Loads
Prior to installation, in-situ load testing can easily be conducted and digitally recorded to confirm the design and determine the appropriate ground screw for the job. This is particularly useful for uncertain grounds.
Torque monitoring during installation will also confirm the expected load capacity. Know your foundations strength with ground screws.
Sometimes a site has poor or difficult access and bringing heavy equipment is a headache. Ground screws and installation equipment are lightweight and can be hand carried. They will easily go where concrete mixing or heavy equipment will not.
With enough headroom, it is even possible to install ground screws inside or below a structure. Limited access projects become feasible without costing dearly.
Temporary Foundations? No Problem!
Ground screws make perfect temporary foundations. They are quick and easy to install, immediately loadable and just as easy to remove by unscrewing them.
Ground screws can be reused. If not, they are 100% recyclable. Leave no trace behind. Temporary structures like suit office, staging and storage are now easier and less costly with ground screws.
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