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