sheffield lake 

Sheffield lake erosion contractor 

Are you battling Lake Erie Erosion in Sheffield 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.

After decades of stabilizing the fragile north coast, our construction crews have found that armor stone revetments are one of the best way to reduce and eliminate coastal erosion in this part of Ohio. This method of shoreline protection was developed by the army-corps of engineers and provides a lasting solution to lakefront erosion. Whether you live near Lakewood Beach Park, the Sheffield Lake Community Center, or another area off of Lake Road, an Armor Rock Revetment may be the solution to coastal erosion you’ve been searching for.

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 Sheffield Lake

We’ve worked with multiple homeowners on Lake Road who were battling shoreline erosion after their sheet pile wall failed.

Our crews added an armor rock revetment in front of the sheet pile wall to disperse wave energy and prolong the life of the existing shoreline.

Click one of the options below to learn more about our shoreline erosion services in Sheffield Lake. 


In 2019, we worked with a group of property owners on Lake Road who were battling severe erosion after their sheet pile wall failed.

Our crews added an armor rock revetment in front of the sheet pile wall to disperse wave energy and prolong the life of the existing shoreline.

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


In 2008 we completed the public boat ramp shown above at 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 the boat launch project we completed in Huron.

Our crews worked hard to make this beach in Sheffield Lake a safe and accessible destination in the community. The revetment 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 quote. Service Fee: $500.



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.

about erosion control

What is Your Process for Installing a New Revetment?

If you choose Mark Haynes Construction for your shoreline erosion control project, here’s what you can expect:

  1. We start by securing all necessary permitting.
  2. Next, we take measurements of your property and provide a quote.
  3. We get started on our work by finding an access point to your beach.
  4. Then, we build a staging area and it’s time for the main event:
  5. We install your revetment. We like to do this as soon as possible.
  6. After the revetment is installed, we’ll repair your erosion damage.
  7. We can also re-slope your grade.
  8. At the end, we’ll reseed your lawn where it’s needed.
  9. Finally, we’ll clean up and leave using specialized mats to keep your lawn and underground utilities safe.

Our top priority is to install your armor rock revetment as quickly as possible to protect your property from further erosion. After we install your revetment, we’ll work with you to regrade the slope of your property and do any additional services according to your preferences.


Which Method of Shoreline Erosion Control is Best?

After completing Shoreline Erosion Control projects for decades, we have found Armor Rock Revetments to be the most effective method to eliminate erosion along the lakefront

This reliable method of erosion control is used and recommended by 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 break walls and off-shore breakwaters to enhance your shoreline and provide additional protection.


Why are Revetments So Effective?

Revetments are so effective because they dissipate damaging wave energy. When waves crash against the Lake Erie Shoreline, the force of the incoming waves erodes the fragile soil along the coast if the shoreline isn’t protected, or is inadequately protected.

When a properly-installed revetment is in place, this rock barrier absorbs the force of the waves, protecting the soil underneath.

Revetments protect against ice movement as well. When waves push frozen blocks of ice, known as an ice-shelf, against the coast, it naturally exacerbates the rate of erosion. However, revetments can protect the coast against this powerful movement of ice.

Revetments are made of Army Corps-Approved Limestone, Fabric, Armor Rock, and Concrete Materials.


How Is a Revetment Installed?

To install a new revetment, we start by laying down specialized fabric to protect the soil along the shoreline.

The fabric works twofold. It acts as a heavy seal to protect the soil underneath and it also holds the revetment in place and keeps the rock and concrete materials from migrating. 

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

These armor stone revetments absorb wave energy, dissipating their destructive power and protecting your beach for years to come. Revetments are known for withstanding huge waves and ice pushes.


How Long Will it Take You to Construct my Revetment?

We would love to give you an accurate schedule for your erosion repair project, but unfortunately, everything from weather conditions to ease-of-access, and the severity of your erosion will determine how long it takes us to complete your erosion project.

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. If you schedule an initial site assessment, we will be able to provide you with a more accurate time frame.

Will My Yard be Damaged When You Install My Revetment?

We can’t speak for all companies on this point, but at Mark Haynes Construction we use specially-designed mats to protect your lawn and underground utilities.

We drive our specialized earth moving equipment on these mats to ensure minimal damage to your property.

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

Do I Need Engineering or a Permit for a Revetment?

ODNR has a simple permitting process for revetment construction and we can partner with you to apply for one of these permits. If your project requires engineering or additional permitting, we offer referrals in your area.


How Much Does a Revetment Cost?

No two revetments are the same, making it impossible to give an exact price, or even a range. Here are the factors most likely to affect cost:

  • Amount of Materials – How much square footage of shoreline needs attention?
  • Existing Conditions – How severe is your erosion?
  • Access – Is your shoreline difficult to access? Will we need to access from a neighboring property?

When possible, we recommend maximizing savings by partnering with adjoining landowners for your erosion control project.


Why a Revetment and Not a Breakwall?

Although we offer both revetment and breakwall construction services, many people choose to hire us for revetment construction because of the time it takes to get a permit.

A breakwall permit can take up to 2-3 years and is issued by The Army Corps of Engineers. Two to three years can make an enormous difference to erosion damage. In this amount of time, we’ve seen homeowners in some areas lose as much as several feet from their property line.

On the other hand, revetment permits are available through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and can be obtained in a short 1-2 weeks. If you are concerned about property damage, or your property is eroding rapidly, we find that a revetment time frame tends to be more suitable.

If you are interested in breakwall construction but are 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.


Is Lake Erie Erosion Getting Worse?

In recent years, Lake Erie water levels have risen to record levels; the water line was as much as 30” above normal in 2019.

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

In some areas along Ohio’s northern coast, property owners have lost up to 100 ft of shoreline property over time.

If you’re concerned about losing valuable acreage, property damage, or even your house falling into the lake, our construction company can help.

Shoreline erosion is preventable with a properly installed revetment. And the best part? Revetments are very low-maintenance or maintenance free. The revetment we installed in Sheffield Lake has been maintenance free since 2008.

Are you ready to sign up for your initial site assessment? Scroll to the bottom of this page to fill out a contact form and we’ll be in touch. 

our Work

Check out examples of our recent projects below. We’ve worked in a variety of weather conditions and circumstances to complete projects quickly and on-budget.

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