Retaining Walls Installation
Retaining walls installation for erosion control, terracing or to contour your landscape with an elevation change, can be both attractive and functional. When deciding to build a retaining wall, there are plenty of choices of materials to suit your style: timber; interlocking blocks; stacked stone, brick or block; concrete or a combination of any of the above.
Retaining Wall Details
Retaining Walls look like simple stacked stone, concrete block, or timber but in fact, they’re carefully engineered systems that wage an ongoing battle with gravity. They restrain saturated soil that would otherwise slump and slide away from a foundation or damage the surrounding landscape. These attractive barriers also make inviting spots to sit, and can increase usable yard space by terracing sloped properties, something that is increasingly important as flat home sites have become scarce in many areas.
Retaining Walls and their placement
- Sloped landscapes where water runoff causes hillside erosion
- Locations downhill from soil fault lines, where the downhill side of a foundation is losing supporting soil.
- Uphill side under pressure from sliding soil
- Decorative and Aesthetic
Although retaining walls seem like simple structures, a casual check around your neighborhood will reveal many existing walls that are bulging, cracked, or leaning. That’s because most residential retaining walls have poor drainage, and many aren’t built to handle the hillside they’re supposed to hold back. Making the right decisions on the type of wall that you choose is an important one. Landscaping is important and even essential to the success of the wall in keeping soil where it belongs over time. We want your retaining walls to last!
Even small retaining walls have to contain enormous loads; a 4-foot-high, 15-foot-long wall could be holding back as much as 20 tons of saturated soil. Double the wall height to 8 feet, and you would need a wall that’s eight times stronger to do the same job. With forces like these in play, for an effective, long-lasting wall, it is essential to work with a professional to make sure that you are getting what you need in addition to getting what you want.
We are certified as wall builders through National Concrete Masonry Association and preferred contractors at Mutual Materials. We can help in all aspects of your wall-building project including design, grading, excavation, drainage and wall construction.
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