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What Is a Retaining Wall?
Retaining walls are carefully designed walls used to restrain soil in your yard. They can be used to stabilize sloped landscapes and prevent erosion, manage storm water runoff and create stunning outdoor living spaces such as patios, gardens and terraces.
For example, if you have a sloped yard that is currently difficult to garden or use for recreation and relaxation, a retaining wall can convert that space into beautiful, useful space.
Retaining walls need to be carefully planned and properly installed. They must be able to restrain literally tons of saturated soil and are prone to erosion if they aren’t built with proper drainage.
Retaining walls often increase the value of your home for a reasonable investment! When built correctly, they last a long time and can be earth-friendly. Unlike so many other components of a home and yard, they require minimal or no maintenance.
What Materials Are Used to Make Retaining Walls?
Retaining walls can be made from stacked natural stones, interlocking concrete blocks or wood. The size of the wall, the shape and location all factor into deciding which material is best.
- Concrete Block Retaining Walls: These are usually installed over a gravel base so they can flex slightly while still remaining strong. They come in a wide variety of shapes, textures and colors.
- Natural Stone Retaining Walls: Visually appealing, natural stone is a popular choice for many homeowners. Also available in a wide variety of shapes, colors and textures, they integrate naturally with the environment. Natural stone tends to be a little more expensive compared to other retaining wall materials but the results are often worth the investment.
- Wood Plank / Timber: While not as popular, wood retaining walls complement some homes and yards, especially if the home has a rustic theme.
In addition to creating more functional living spaces, supporting foundations, and resolving erosion issues, retaining walls can often become the artistic focal point of your landscape design.
We can help you choose the materials and styles best suited for your home that incorporate your personality and tastes. Contact us today!