Winnipeg is a town that generally likes to keep things they way they’ve been. Helical screw piles beyond your small scale ground anchor are for the most part a new concept to Winnipeg.
It is important for Winnipegers to recognize that although heavy duty helical screw piles are new Winnipeg, they aren’t new and certainly not on the “bleeding edge” of construction materials and methods; far from it in fact. First invented in the 1700’s for reasons unknown to me, they were later introduced in 1833 in England as a solution to supporting lighthouses built on sand. Helical screw piles were first introduced to North America to support lighthouses on the east coast; many of these lighthouses can still be seen today. In the 1950’s helical screw piles gained widespread use in North America as ground anchors. Since the ’50’s helical screw piles have continued their climb in popularity and are now widely recognized as a simple, affordable and effective foundation support for just about any building project.
Founded in 1995, Postech is an innovator of helical screw piles and has maintained a position as Canada’s leader in the augered pile industry. With advances such as the introduction of the first insulated screw piles, Postech has helped make an effective technology even better.
Back to the question! Will helical screw piles make in Winnipeg. I believe the answer is a huge YES, in fact I’m banking on it with my blood, sweat, tears and hard earned money at play. When people ask me why I became a Postech dealer and not pursue other entrepreneurial opportunities, I have a very simple heartfelt answer; “I believe.” My litmus test for a business was that I would not only want my family to buy from me, but I would insist, not because I crave their support, but because I truly love and care for them and believe my product/service will be the very best they could buy. Below are some key points for Winnipegers to note:
- Winnipeg has a major problem, our expansive soils cause many structures to heave, move and/or sink. Postech Thermal Piles are designed with Winnipeg soils in mind, they anchor firmly below the frost line to secure the entire pile and provide additional protection against freeze up with their insulated design. We also install according to engineered torque measurement, this takes the guess work out of the install; if we can reach the torque to guarantee the required capacity, your foundation will always support your structure. Note that we use a safety factor of between 2.1 to 3 times the declared capacity; this is higher than what most engineers require for safety factor.
- Winnipegers are known for their love of a good deal. Because the process for installing a helical screw pile is relatively fast without the necessity for multiple machines or labour crews, helical screw pile foundations, although superior in performance and longer lasting in lifespan, are generally cheaper than concrete pile foundations. As Canada’s leader in the auger installed piling industry, Postech manufacturers an aweful lot of helical screw piles and as a result can do so in a cost effective manner; as dealers our cost savings are passed on to customers. This is why a 10,000lb capacity screw pile is available for your home and cottage projects from Postech at $5 more per pile than competitors offering a 5,000lb capacity pile; $5 for double the capacity, now that’s a deal Winnipegers can get excited about!
- Postech Thermal Piles have been rigorously tested against National Building Code standards for quality and performance. Postech is one of the few manufacturers in Canada with a CCMC report (CCMC 13102-R) which provides third party testing and reporting on performance and quality so that your construction material can be approved and insured by CMHC, which Postech Thermal Piles are! Many engineers from across Canada have worked with Postech Thermal Piles recommending them for a wide range of projects.
When you go to Sherbrooke, QC where there are only 200,000 people and Postech is running 7 installation crews 7 days a week to keep up with the demand. Touring the city you will come across countless examples of structures which are built on Postech screw piles and you will see hardly anything being built on concrete piles. Sherbrooke is familiar with Postech and has grown to trust and embrace them as their foundation system of choice; I have no doubt that this same market appreciation will happen in Winnipeg as it has in Sherbrooke and many other locations across the country.
For a free consultation and quote for helical screw piles for your home, cottage or business project, please call Postech Metal Foundations Winnipeg toll-free at 1 (855) 474-5464 (4-PILING) or locally at 793-0653. Postech Winnipeg is BBB Accredited and accepts Interac, Visa and Mastercard. Postech Winnipeg also serves Manitoba communities and cottage country.