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Retaining Wall Installation

A retaining wall is a structure that holds or retains soil behind it. Retaining walls are often built to create level surfaces for their height to help make sense of complicated landscapes, but they also have aesthetic and functional purposes. Developing a retaining wall can be a difficult decision. They can be quite costly, yet they are extremely beneficial.

However, you cannot immediately tell exactly how high your retaining wall will need to be. The height that you end up with is determined by the shape of the ground. The rule of thumb is that for every two feet of earth you are trying to retain, your wall should be four feet high. It is always a good idea to plan ahead when building a retaining wall, you should have the appropriate equipment and tools to minimize the labor when building the wall.

If you are unsure of how to start this process, call us today for a free estimate on your project. We will come out to your site and give you some good ideas on how to plan the best solution for your situation. Our reputable retaining wall and outdoor kitchen contractors can help you architect a wall that blends right into your property, with skilled workmanship and careful attention to detail. From the wall’s layout design all the way to post-installation inspection, we can provide the service.

Benefits of Retaining Walls

Structural support – A retaining wall is a structure used to prevent earth from slumping downhill. Being a softer material, dirt tends to erode and slide away from where it is supposed to be. Retaining walls are typically built perpendicular to the contours of the land to neutralize the natural force of gravity. If you have a gentle slope or you live in an area with a tendency for landslides, it is important to install one to prevent landscaping issues.

Reduced soil erosion – Retaining walls contribute to overall stability of the surrounding slopes and structures by reducing erosion and slumping. They are an obvious necessity in areas that experience heavy rainfall. The water can erode the soil, making it unstable; without something to hold the soil in place, an entire area could slip away. In these situations, soil erosion will have a negative effect on the quality of the landscape and its surrounding greenery.

Flood control – Flooding is a serious threat most commonly associated with heavy rainfall, but it can also occur when ice or melting snow overtops drainage systems. If your home or business is located in an area commonly affected by flooding, a retaining wall may be able to protect your property from the damage and destruction that can come from a flood. Retaining walls absorb the wave action of the water temporarily, holding back or slowing down the flow of water during a flood.

Types of Retaining Walls

Poured concrete – Whether it is residential or commercial, poured concrete retaining walls can be cost effective, durable and attractive. They literally can define a property line and combine functionality with curb appeal. Depending on how you design it, a concrete retaining wall adds a level of beauty to anything from an upscale home to a multi-storied business.

Interlocking blocks – Concrete blocks are another popular option for retaining wall choices for a home. These are made using concrete that is poured into molds in the shape of interlocking cubes. These concrete blocks are easy to install and can be used to build complex decorative walls that will enhance any type of landscape. They come in different shapes, sizes and colors, making them easy to mix with natural stones. Sometimes, the blocks are chiseled and sanded.

Natural wood – This is a cheap and easy to install material, and one that people seem to gravitate naturally towards when thinking about adding a retaining wall. But wood has several areas where it falls short compared to other materials. It does not take long for wood to begin decomposing in the harsh conditions of outdoor areas that do not have some sort of roof.

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