If you plan to construct a building, laying its Foundation is one of the most crucial steps. And the most important step of laying the foundation of the building is piling. Piling is the process that is the basis of the entire building structure. If filing is done in a good way, the Foundation is sturdy, and in turn, the building is a safe study, and I can touch the sky. To get the piling process right, you need to find the right piling contractors. Read on further to get enlightened about the different kinds of piles and their functions.

1. Classification Based On Convention

Conventionally, there are two basic categories of piles- sheet piles and bearing piles.

  1. Sheet piles are temporary or permanent piles for buildings. The main function of sheet piles is to provide retention to the earth and support the excavation process. In addition, these sheet piles can be used as bulkheads to retain soil and water, which provides a sturdy base for the buildings. In sheet piles, thin sheets of steel are interlocked and driven into the ground vertically on which construction is supposed to be carried out. This is done by the use of power hammers or vibrators.
  2. The other kind of conventional piling, bearing piles, is columns that support buildings. These columns are placed to transmit the Foundation’s load downward towards deeper, sturdier rocks and soil.

2. Classification Based On Structural Behavior

Based on the structural behavior, piles can be classified as friction piles or end-bearing piles.

  1. Friction piles make use of friction to transfer the load of the building directly to the soil and rocks surrounding them. Since friction depends upon the surface in contact, the load supported by a friction pile is directly proportional to its length.
  2. End bearing piles are laid deeper in the earth embedded in the soil or the rocks. Their far end rests on a bed of sturdy rocks or soil, which gives them support. They work on the principle that the firm layer beneath the earth would provide much stronger support than the weaker upper layers.

Continuous Flight auguring or CFA Piling is a new technique that is rapidly being used to create a foundation piled with concrete.

The CFA piling process is greatly in demand because it is virtually vibration-free and one of the quietest forms of piling. CFA piling is suitable for constructing piles in almost all types of landforms- gravel, sand, silt, clay, soft rocks, etc.

A piling contractor will suggest any of these piling methods for your construction, and you can choose one according to your needs. This fundamental knowledge will help you communicate better with your piling contractor and make a better choice for your building.


Hence when it comes to instruction, no doubt it is a challenging task. However, if the right methods are used, then it can ace the process, help in spending less money and time throughout the time.