Avon lake
coastal EROSION control

avon lake shoreline erosion contractor

Are you battling Lake Erie Erosion in Avon Lake? An eroding shoreline can make you feel unsafe, even in your own home. At Mark Haynes Construction, we understand the urgency you might feel if your backyard is vulnerable. Our team of heavy equipment operators are ready to step in to help protect your section of shoreline.

Whether you live near Veterans’ Memorial Park, Miller Road Park, or another area off of Lake Road, we offer breakwall, pier, and revetment construction in your area. After decades of stabilizing fragile areas on the north coast, our construction crews have found that armor stone revetments are one of the the best ways to reduce and eliminate coastal erosion.

Revetments are rock barriers made of limestone rock, concrete, and a fabric layer to hold everything in place. This popular method of shoreline protection was developed by the army-corps of engineers and provides a lasting solution to lakefront erosion.

All work was done with great skill and precision. The workers were dependable, timely, competent and friendly. Contractor Haynes did all as promised and at the promised price. The work space was left clean and in good order. Very impressive!


Google Review, Coastal Erosion Client

“Crews were here at 7:00 every morning and stayed till 7:00 on some nights to finish…they were extremely professional and answered any question we might have…we are extremely pleased with the outcome and would highly recommend.


Google Review, Coastal Erosion Client

Mark Haynes did a fabulous job on our revetment! We are extremely pleased with their work. We would highly recommend them.




Google Review, Coastal Erosion Client

Re·vet·ment /rəˈvetmənt/

1. A sloping structure placed on banks or cliffs in such a way as to absorb the energy of incoming water.

2. An aggregate of Army Corps-approved limestone rocks and concrete that is laid on specially-designed fabric to protect fragile soil along the coast and prevent materials from migrating.

Our Erosion Projects Near Avon Lake

We’ve worked with multiple homeowners on Lake Road in the Avon Lake area who battled fierce shoreline erosion.

One of our local clients had a failing sheet pile wall that we enhanced using 3-6 ton limestone rock protection.

Other clients had failing coastlines that required armor rock revetments with slope grading. Click the buttons below to learn more about our coastal erosion control projects near Avon Lake. 


Between 2018 and 2019, we worked with several of property owners on Lake Road who were battling severe coastal erosion. Lake Erie conditions had damaged their shorelines, ruining one homeowner’s sheet pile wall.

Our crews constructed multiple armor rock revetments for this group of homeowners, including constructing a revetment in front of the failing sheet pile wall. Extensive efforts were made to disperse wave energy and prolong the life of the existing shorelines.

With high-quality erosion measures in place, erosion is no longer an everyday worry for this group of locals.


In 2008 we completed the public boat ramp at nearby Sheffield Lake Beach. Our scope of work for this project included constructing one of the few in-lake boat ramps in Lake Erie, a breakwall, revetment, and parking lot. This project was similar to a boat launch project we completed in Huron, but included far more erosion control and off-shore work.

Our crews worked hard to make this beach in Sheffield Lake a safe and accessible destination in the community. And we are proud that this site has been maintenance-free since 2008!

shoreline Protection



We construct durable, long-lasting revetments designed by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Site Assessments

We’ll visit your property, assess the damage, and provide a reliable quote. $500 fee.



Our team can regrade your beach front property according to your exact specifications.



If your project requires engineering or permitting, we offer referrals in your area.



Need breakwall repairs or installation? We provide full-service construction and maintenance.

Lawn & Utilities Protection

We use specialized mats to protect your lawn and underground utilities from our heavy machinery.

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How Will a Revetment Protect My Property?

Revetments work by dissipating the damaging effects of powerful wave-action and shelf-ice. When waves or ice crash against the Lake Erie Shoreline, the water erodes fragile soil along the coast. However, if you have a properly-installed revetment that utilizes quality materials, the revetment absorbs the force of the waves and protects your shoreline.

What Is Your Process for Constructing a Revetment?

If you choose to partner with Mark Haynes Construction for your coastal erosion control project, here’s the project schedule you can expect:

  1. First, we secure all necessary permitting.
  2. Next, we take measurements of your property and provide a quote.
  3. We find the best access point to your beach.
  4. We build a staging area.
  5. We install your revetment as quickly as possible.
  6. We repair your erosion damage.
  7. We slope the grade of your property according to your specifications.
  8. We will reseed your lawn if it’s needed.
  9. Finally, we’ll clean up and leave using specialized mats to keep your lawn and underground utilities safe from our heavy earthmoving equipment.

Throughout the whole construction process, our top priority is to construct your revetment as quickly as possible. Once your revetment is installed, we’ll focus our attention on grading the slope of your property and completing any additional work.

How Much Do Revetments Cost?

Have you ever seen two identical shorelines? Us either. That’s why it’s impossible to give a general price quote for an armor rock revetment. However, we’ve noticed a few trends over the years as we’ve constructed shoreline protection measures, so we’ll share them with you here. Check out the factors most likely to affect the cost of your revetment:

  • Amount of Materials – How much square footage of shoreline needs attention? The more square footage, the higher the price, as you might expect.
  • Existing Conditions – How severe is your erosion? Are you dealing with 10-20 foot badly eroded cliffs? Is there a sheet pile wall involved? Do we need to remove materials before making repairs? All of these factors and more could affect your final costs. 
  • Access – Is your shoreline challenging to access? Will we need to access from a neighboring property?

Whenever possible, we encourage our clients to check with adjoining landowners to find out if they’d like to join forces for a multi-residence revetment installation. This is the best way to maximize savings for your shoreline protection project.

Which Method of Shoreline Protection Do You Recommend?

After completing Shoreline Erosion Control projects for decades, we’ve found that Armor Rock Revetments are often the best solution to coastal erosion for many of our clients. This reliable method of erosion control is not only the most suitable to a tight schedule, it’s also very low-maintenance or maintenance-free and is used and recommended by both The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

In addition to revetment installations, we also offer services to construct breakwalls, piers, off-shore breakwaters, and more to further enhance your shoreline and provide additional protection. Breakwalls and piers are an excellent option if you’re looking for shoreline protection that also offers recreational benefits. Breakwalls can encourage sandy beaches to form and also create private, calm waters for fishing and swimming.

How Is a Revetment Built?

When we start a new revetment project, we begin by laying down specialized fabric to protect the soil along the coastline.

The fabric works twofold. First, it acts as a heavy seal to protect your soil, and second, it holds your revetment in place, preventing material migration even in severe weather.

After we lay the fabric, we cover it with an aggregate of concrete and 3-6-ton army corps-approved limestone rocks, called toe rock.

These Armor Rock Revetments absorb wave energy, dissipating their destructive power, and protecting your beach for years to come.

Should I Be Concerned About Property Damage from Your Heavy Earthmoving Equipment?

You’ve worked hard to maintain a beautiful lawn, and we want to do everything we can to keep it that way. That’s why at Mark Haynes Construction, we use specially-designed mats to protect your lawn and underground utilities.

Before we begin a shoreline erosion project, we lay down specialized mats to disperse the weight of our heavy earthmoving equipment and protect your property against unnecessary damage.

Lawn and Utility damage is always possible when it comes to heavy earthmoving equipment, but we do everything possible to mitigate your risks.

Do I Need Engineering or a Permit for a Revetment?

ODNR has a simple, straightforward process to secure a revetment permit. We can partner with you to apply. If your project requires engineering or additional permitting, we offer referrals in your area.

Why a Revetment and Not a Breakwall?

Many of our clients opt for an Armor Rock Revetment because of the time it takes to get a permit.

A breakwall permit can take up to 2-3 years to be issued by The Army Corps of Engineers. Two to three years can make an astonishing difference to shoreline erosion, causing as much as several feet of property loss, depending on the area you live in.

Revetment permits, on the other hand, are available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and can be obtained in a short 1-2 weeks. If you’re concerned about property damage, or your property is eroding rapidly, we find that a revetment might be the best option for your circumstances.

Are you interested in a new breakwall, but you’re concerned about the time it takes to get a permit? You might consider installing a revetment as a short-term erosion control plan while your breakwall permit is being processed. Breakwalls and Revetments work well together, and many of our clients opt for both.

Is Erosion Along Lake Erie Getting Worse?

In recent years, Lake Erie water levels have risen to record levels; water elevations were as much as 30” above average in 2019.

Record high water levels, coupled with severe weather, ice movement, strong winds, and more, have accelerated erosion damage in many areas along the fragile Lake Erie coastline.

We’ve seen property owners lose as much as 100 ft of shoreline property in the last few decades.

If you’re concerned about losing valuable acreage, property damage, or even your house falling into the lake, we’re here to help. As your local marine contractor, we have the specialized equipment and experience to secure your shoreline against further damage.

Coastal erosion is preventable with adequate shoreline protection. And the best part? If you choose to install a revetment, you can expect very low-maintenance or no-maintenance for years to come. One revetment we installed in Sheffield Lake has been maintenance-free since 2008.

How Long Will it Take You to Construct my Revetment?

We would love to provide an accurate schedule for your erosion repair project. Unfortunately, everything from weather conditions to ease-of-access, and the severity of your erosion will determine your project length.

On average, we complete single lot revetments in 1-2 weeks from the start of construction to completion. However, your project could vary significantly, depending on your unique conditions.


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