Installation and Replacement of Piling Wraps

Piling wraps protect dock pilings from marine borers. These worms can bore into wood submerged in salt water, weakening the structural integrity of the dock.

Piling wraps are protective sleeves that shield pilings and contribute to your dock’s longevity, stability, and aesthetics. They offer protection from Gulf Coast boring worms and other environmental factors that can degrade your pilings.

You’ve probably heard the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” and it’s especially true when it comes to marine dock pilings. Left unprotected, the sun, water, and even sea creatures can degrade marine pilings in a short period of time, causing costly damage.

Piling wraps are protective sleeves made of high-quality materials that shield and extend the lifespan of your dock’s pilings. The sleeves are also aesthetically pleasing and can contribute to your marina’s design aesthetic. Piling wraps offer protection from Gulf Coast Boring Worms as well as a number of other environmental factors that can damage and degrade dock pilings.

The sleeve provides a physical barrier that the marine worms can’t penetrate, minimizing the threat of infestation and subsequent damage. In addition, the material is resistant to saltwater and UV rays, preventing corrosion. Some piling wraps are also infused with anti-fouling or anti-boring chemicals that further discourage marine worms from infesting your dock.

Pile wraps are a great way to protect your dock pilings from Marine Borers. They also prevent excessive Oyster growth that eats away at your wooden pilings. Additionally, it prevents organisms such as Ship Worms from burying in your piles and destroying them from the inside out.

The invention is based on the use of a plastic sheet that is dimensionally predesigned to accommodate wrapping two to eight feet of a solid wood piling having an eight to twelve inch diameter and extending above the normal water line. The opposite side edges of the flat sheet are molded together and then slid axially down along the length of piling to provide an economical, a water impermeable, marine environment resistant, impact-absorbing barrier/interface over the piling.

A ribbed pattern is used with alternating slots and grooves 34 that could be molded into the sheet during manufacturing or fabricated by controlled depth cuts longitudinally of the wrap 10C while it is laid flat on a surface. The ribbed pattern provides a texture that helps resist barnacles and also enhances the appearance of the wrap. Fasteners (here button head stainless steel screws 22) are inserted through the ribs to fix the wrap to piling 20.

Piling wraps protect dock pilings from marine borers, extending their life and helping to prevent costly replacement. It also protects them from excessive oyster growth, sand accumulation and organisms like ship worms that burrow inside the piles and eat them away from the inside out.

Piling wraps are designed to be attached using 1-1/4″ stainless steel ring-shank roofing nails installed at spaced locations along the material seams. Nails are easily installed by hand and do not have to be driven all the way through the material (which could cause the piling wrap to degrade or come unwrapped).

Piles with cracks that are greater than 1/16 inch wide should be wrapped. If the crack is in a portion of the pile that will be below ground or water level after driving, it is recommended to repair the crack prior to wrapping the pilings. If one end of the pile is damaged and a full wrap is not possible, the Engineer may allow the piling to be accepted for use when the damage extends less than six inches from the end of the piling.

Best St. Petersburg Piling Wrap is an effective way to preserve dock piles from marine borers. Its simple installation, relatively low cost and potential to extend the life of a piling by years is attractive to many do-it-yourselfers as well as commercial marine contractors.

The invention is generally described as a plastic sheet of substantial durability and fluid impermeability that can be wrapped around and connected to a piling. The wrapping can be cinched and tightened to achieve a close conforming fit to the piling. Screws or nails (preferably marine-grade corrosion resistant screws) can be attached at spaced apart locations along the overlapping edges of the wrap to connect it to the piling. Washers can be used with the screws, if desired.

When the pile wrap is in its flattened state, it has a rectangular shape bounded by opposite top edge 13 and side edge 15 and adjacent bottom edge 16. The ends of the wrap are positioned with respect to one another and slid axially down on the piling until the end of the wrap (top edge 13) is at a position with an eight to twelve inch diameter above the normal water line of the dock.