Typical costs range from 80-120 dollars per lineal foot of seawall. Costs may vary depending on the condition of the wall, severity of the damage, depth of water, and how many docks or piers need to go around.


What is “seawall refacing”? Seawall refacing spawned out of a need for a durable, attractive and economical repair for your rotting and bulging seawall. I invented, developed and refined this system as a high quality alternative to complete replacement. Basically we use the parts of your seawall that are in good condition (the pilings), and put a new “face” on the rotted part of the seawall (the boards stacked up behind the pilings). Once complete, the “refaced” seawall looks and functions like it did when it was originally installed. Why replace parts that are still in strong and solid condition? Before I developed this system, the only alternative was complete replacement, which meant a huge expense, a huge mess, and possibly a lengthy DNR permit process. Seawall Solutions Seawall Refacing gives you all the benefits of a new seawall, with approx 25% of the cost, none of the mess, and no lengthy permit process. Your refaced seawall is strong, durable and attractive.

Is a DNR permit needed to reface my seawall? If your seawall was permitted when it was installed originally, (the majority of them were) no permit is needed to reface it.

Do the old boards get dug out? No, the old boards remain in place to hold back the soil. The new treated wood is slid down directly in front of the old boards. A sheet of fiberglass is placed between the old and new to prevent the damp soil from rotting out your newly refaced seawall.

How far down do the new boards go? The new boards are driven all the way down to the bottom. Once we hit the solid bottom, the boards are stacked up to the top.

Do you work from a barge? No, most times we are able to do the work while wearing waders and standing on the bottom. If the water is too deep, I have designed a scaffold system to hang off the wall and stand on an aluminum plank.

What type of wood do you use? We use green treated southern yellow pine, treated using MCA (Micronized Copper Azole) a more environmentally safe preservative, with a 0.23 pcf (pounds per cubic foot) retention level.  This level meats and exceeds recommendations for ground contact and freshwater immersion uses. While I have no way of knowing what level wood was used in your seawall originally, rest assured we use the highest quality wood available. I want your newly refaced seawall to last longer than your original one.

Are the pilings or posts solid? Obviously each case is different and handled on an individual basis through careful examination, however typically the pilings last many, many years longer than the wood that holds back the soil.

My pilings are really rotted, can you still reface my wall? If your pilings are not solid and strong, you are not a candidate for refacing. In order for this system to provide many years of service, the pilings must be solid. Only an onsite visit will determine this.

If I need new pilings, can you place these for me? While Seawall Solutions does not currently do any pile driving, we can help arrange to have this done for you if needed.

How long does it take to complete? Duration varies on condition of wall, height of the wall and water depth, however for an average 100 ft wall, usually only 3 days to complete.

What happens to the old lumber that is removed? As part of your seawall refacing project, the old 2×12 cap is removed to access the wall from the top. This cap material and 2×6 ribbon is replaced with new when the job is complete. The old material is hauled away and disposed of by us at no additional charge. We take care of all cleanup and disposal of wood scraps ect.

What if I have a cable that has broken? The cable that is wrapped around the piling is connected to another piling buried under the ground, usually 5-10 feet back. This cable plays a very important role in holding that piling upright against the pressure of the soil. Whenever possible, we recommend repairing or replacing these broken cables. We can provide this service for you. These cables typically break right where they pass through the wall. Treated lumber is highly corrosive to untreated steel, and this is a common spot for the cable to deteriorate and break. Sometimes the rest of the cable is in good condition and a new piece can be spliced onto it. Other times the full length of cable needs to be replaced. Either way, the new cable that we install is protected by a plastic sheath and is protected from the corrosive treated wood. A small amount of excavating is needed to expose the cable and repair.