about rock solid
learn more about the company
The mission of Rock Solid is to provide the best steel foundations at an affordable
price providing industry-setting customer service.
Rock Solid Pile Company was born out of a recognized need in Alaska for superior
foundations to the ever-failing traditional concrete sonotubes.
Rock Solid Pile Company is owned by Alaska Treeline, a Top 15 Deck Builder in the
nation recognized by the Trex Company, and has been in operation since 1999. Rock
Solid is a Certified Green Professional, and is committed to sustainability and best
Here's the low down on everything you might want to know about Rock Solid's pile drivers...
Q: What type of machine drives the piles?
A: Rock Solid uses customized excavators fitted with a
hydraulic hammer to drive piles.
Q: How much overhead clearance is required?
A: At least 12 ft is required for the excavator arm.
Q: How wide does a gate need to be for access?
A: Even gates as narrow as 4 ft are wide enough.
Q: What is the load capacity of a pile?
A: Depending on the pile size, Rock Solid's piles have a rated
capacity of 4,000 - 25,000 pounds.
Q: How does the pile driver not damage grass?
A: Not only do Rock Solid excavators have rubber tracks, but
we can lay plywood directly onto sensitive landscaping.
Q: What size pile does an average deck require?
A: 2 inch piles are generally satisfactory for a residential
Q: And, what about a dock? What size pile should I use?
A: A 3 inch pile is the most frequently used dock pile.
Q: When is the best time of year to drive piles?
A: Rock Solid's piles can be driven year-round, even in
Alaska's extreme winter months! In fact, we often recommend
installing dock piles in the winter right through the ice - this
allows the piles to go out from the shore farther and protects
the water from debris.
Q: How deep doe the piles go?
A: Rock Solid's piles are driven until resistance or complete
refusal, generally 10 ft - 30 ft deep, well below the frost line.
Q: Are piles guaranteed to never frost heave?
A: Although no foundation is guaranteed not to frost heave,
steel piles are your best defense in most soil types.
And, here's what you may want to know about the piles themselves...
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