Why Choose Ready Reef Over Bulkheads

At Ready Reef, we believe in creating a sustainable, eco-friendly solution to erosion control, this is why we are a better option for your property shoreline than bulkheads. A bulkhead can also be referred to as a barrier, retaining wall or seawall. While using a bulkhead is common practice, it is not the best solution. In the chart below you can see the benefits of using Ready Reef in comparison to bulkhead.

Erosion Control Purposes
Category ReadyReefs and Living Shorelines Bulkhead
Cost (typical installation) $25 - $100/ft+ Very High - $300/ft+
Shoreline Environmental Contribution Very High Low
Biologic Species Recruitment Very High Negative to Very Low
Denuding and Bank Cut Back Necessity No Yes
Pre-seeding Structure with Live Oysters Yes No
Longterm Maintenance No Yes, eventually replacement
Longterm Effectiveness Increases Decreases with rising sea level
Natural Solution using Native Marine Materials Yes No
Financial Incentives, including Grant Potential  Yes No
Regulatory Environment Positive Negative

All comparisons generalized as all installations have variable conditions, scale, access, etc., but are supportable by available data (upon request).