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The Benefits of Compaction for a Construction Site

There are many different stages to undertake within a construction site, with different phases dependent on the type of work required, the state of the current site and the logistical challenges the location brings with it. Each site and each construction project is very different from the next, and it is a very good move on the part of a project manager or site developer to build strong relationships with plant hire specialists to ensure they are fully covered for any eventuality and logistical problem on site. One piece of equipment that is often required on any construction is that of the roller. Compaction on construction sites is a vital process, and with the right type of roller hire you can ensure that all land levelling and soil compacting that is required, can be completed with ease, with safety in mind, and to the highest standards before moving on to the next phase of the project.

In any type of construction project there is the essential requirement of the soil to be compacted property. In this soil compaction process the soil is reduced and compacted with the addition of weight application. The soil consists of particles of air and water and with the application of heavy weight some of these particles will be reduced. Removing the air particles is important, as it allows the soil to become compacted, but you do not see any significant change in the water levels present in the soil.

What soil compaction does is provide a solid base, a flat surface from which the construction phase of a project can begin in earnest. This support surface can be used as the base on which foundations are laid out, roads, pavements and other surfaces are built, as well as any other type of structure that is to be constructed. The type of compaction that takes place will differ depending on the type of soil that needs to be compacted – cohesive or non-cohesive soil.

Within soil that is cohesive, the particles bond to each other, whereas in non-cohesive soil the particles sit on top of one another without bonding together. No matter the type of soil you are dealing with specifically it is crucial that air particles are removed in order to ensure the soil is as solid as can be before construction begins. A structure built on soil that has not been compacted is at a much greater risk of cracking and collapse due to soil movement and penetration or absorption of water. It is vital therefore that the highest quality of rollers and compaction equipment is used during this stage of a construction project.

As this phase of a project is so vital to the long-term success of the structure being built it is important to work with plant hire specialists that have access to quality compacters and rollers that can be effectively put to work on the soil at your location. Once the compaction phase has been successfully completed you will have peace of mind that the next phase can begin without any delay or potential problems further down the line relating to soil stability.

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