Prevent erosion: Retaining walls are often found in places where extra support is needed to prevent erosion. The most basic function of a retaining wall is to battle gravity.
Provide additional usable land: Retaining walls can create terraces of usable land on slopes.
Provide extra seating: Once your retaining wall is up, it may provide more than one service. Seating is an example. Depending on the location of your retaining wall, it may become a great place to sit and chat.
Not all retaining walls are the same: Retaining walls improperly installed can bulge, crack, or lean. If this occurs the contractor failed to build a strong wall. Some retaining walls require a grid to strength it. Depending on the county and their requirements retaining walls over 3-4 feet require inspections and an engineer to oversee stages of construction. Draining options can also be used if the area has an tendency to be wet.
Different types of retaining walls:
Timber walls: Typically, timber walls are the least expensive retaining wall design. In Zone 7 timber walls can typically last 20 years. This goes very well with different types of architectural. It looks great with the “Farmhouse” homes.
Concrete Wall Block such as Belgard Diamond Pro:
Typically, is more expensive that the timber walls and also goes well with different architectural plans. It does well as retaining walls but also as seat walls around a firepit or outdoor area.
It is always best to hire a professional landscaping expert to install your new retaining wall or tear out and put in a new retaining wall.
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