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DIY - The Proper Way of Installing a Riprap Seawall

INSTALLING A RIPRAP SEAWALL

Installing a riprap seawall is an effective way to prevent erosion and protect waterfront properties in South Florida from weather events and wave action. A riprap seawall composed of large boulders can serve as an armored buffer to dissipate the energy from waves.


Planning Your Riprap Seawall


Proper planning is key when installing a riprap seawall. First, determine the right dimensions including length, width, and height based on factors like tide levels. Be sure to acquire the necessary permits which will depend on shoreline area and environmental impact. Consult local building departments on permit requirements.


Sourcing Riprap Boulders


For a DIY riprap seawall, the rock sizing and type are vital considerations. At Eagle Carriers of South Florida, we supply riprap boulders specifically for seawall projects, including:


  • Ditch Lining Riprap (8” – 18” boulders)

  • Bedding Stone Riprap (3” – 8”)

  • Bank & Shore Riprap (18” – 34” boulders)

  • Custom extra large boulders (3’ and higher)

Contact Eagle Carriers of South Florida to learn more about riprap pricing and the material specifications for your project.


Installation Process


Once planning and materials are ready, install the riprap seawall in layers:


  • Prepare foundation and grade area

  • Install filter fabric

  • Set larger boulders using lifting equipment

  • Stack more boulders, stagger to lock in place

Having an experienced contractor provide guidance is advisable. Riprap seawalls also need ongoing maintenance as storms may displace rocks over time.


Protect Your Waterfront Property


Contact Eagle Carriers of South Florida today to learn more about sourcing quality riprap boulders for your DIY riprap seawall project. Our experts can ensure you get the right materials and advice to complete a successful installation. We look forward to helping protect your South Florida waterfront property from erosion and storm damage!

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