Both designing, and building, a retaining wall need to take into account a host of factors. Depending on the visual expectations of the home or business owner, and the need for the wall, many people are baffled by the range of issues that must be addressed.
What retaining wall design works best for the site and conditions? Based on location and soil conditions, how deep should the footings be? Is there a need for reinforcing bars in the footings and wall? These are but a few issues that must be addressed before considering the aesthetics.
Proper retaining wall construction requires considerable planning and careful attention to design and layout to avoid future problems.
Although a retention wall may be designed and built as an aesthetic attraction, the primary purpose is to hold back soil behind it. Although this is the purpose, several retaining wall ideas depend a great deal on the specifics of the project. In cases where erosion control is the primary concern, a gabion wall may be best. In other cases, a stone-faced concrete wall is ideal for surrounding a garden. Often a retention wall is used to create a terraced yard, making yard maintenance considerably easier.
As you begin the planning process, you can find several issues that may impact the type and design of the wall. At the planning stage, it is wise to invite Chandler Block Wall Pros to participate in the material choice and type of wall best suited for the terrain and use.
Retaining Wall Location:
Choosing the location for a retaining wall is not a simple matter of drawing a line. As the property owner, you have the responsibility of knowing the boundaries of the property and the position of any underground utilities, including irrigation. There are other factors to consider, including:
The best contractor employs such things as gravel backfill, drainpipes, and weep holes to allow water to pass through the wall.
The Right Wall for the Location
Once the initial evaluation of location, soil type, and drainage have been dealt with, it is time to consider the type. There are many options. Retaining wall contractors are equally adept at building a concrete retaining wall as they are at building a stone retaining wall.
Gravity Wall: Gravity walls are often used to differentiate between the elevation of the house and the elevation of the lawn. Although gravity walls can be built quite high, they are most often less than 3 or 4 feet high.
This type of wall uses its weight to hold back the soil behind it. These walls are typically made using cement-filled concrete blocks. The mass of the wall is used to resist soil pressure from behind. Often, the blocks lean slightly into the soil. Concrete fill, and if necessary, vertical reinforcing bars provide additional support.
Gabion Mesh Walls: In areas where erosion is a factor, many contractors suggest a gabion mesh wall. This style wall utilizes a wire mesh cage, or box, which is filled with stacked stone. The box, when filled, is angled into the slope. This type of retention wall has a life span equal to the mesh, which is always galvanized. Stainless steel mesh is also used.
Over the years, many different materials and designs have been employed in the construction of retaining wall landscaping. Retaining wall cost has a lot to do with the design, material, and size.
The use of stone, rocks, or carefully sized boulders can create extremely beautiful and long-lasting retaining walls. In place of stone, concrete block retaining walls are a viable option. A retaining wall driveway using concrete blocks is stable and does not deteriorate with repeated traffic. Concrete block walls can be enhanced with veneers, brick, or flagstone which add texture and compliment the homeowner’s choice of landscaping.
A quality retaining wall, constructed by Chandler Block Wall Pros, and built using the best material does not just look great, it performs its intended function for years to come. Contact the team to learn more about what can be done on your property.