Retaining Wall Installation
Retaining walls are an essential part of many landscapes. They can be installed to help with erosion control – preventing part of your landscape from being washed away during heavy rains. Retaining walls are also necessary when terracing or contouring your landscape due to an elevation change.
These types of walls can be both attractive and functional. When deciding to install a retaining wall, there are plenty of choices of materials to suit your style. Walls can be made of timber; interlocking blocks; stacked stone, brick, or block; concrete, or a combination of any of the above.
Retaining walls look like simple stacked stone, concrete block, or timber. However, they are carefully engineered systems that wage an ongoing battle with gravity. They retain 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 the usable portion of your yard by terracing sloped properties.
Reasons for Retaining Walls Installation
- Prevent erosion on sloped landscapes where water runoff causes hillside erosion.
- Prevent soil loss on the downhill side of a foundation.
- Stop soil from slipping down upon your residence or property.
- Add interest and function by installing an attractive wall and seats in your retaining wall as part of a larger installation.
Why You Should Install the Right Retaining Wall
Although retaining walls seem like simple structures, you may notice that some landscapes in your neighborhood have existing walls that are bulging, cracked, or leaning. This is due to poor drainage, and many aren’t built to handle the hillside they’re supposed to hold back.
Making the right decision on the type of wall that you want to install is important. It is important to install a retaining wall in conjunction with the right landscape features for your property. It is also essential to the success of the wall retaining soil. 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 is 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 landscape professionals to ensure the correct engineering and installation.
Frontier Landscaping is certified as wall builders through National Concrete Masonry Association and preferred contractors at Mutual Materials. We can help you in all aspects of your wall-building project including design, grading, excavation, drainage, and wall construction. Frontier is also here to help with other types of installation projects, such as water features and paths and patios. We offer a Landscape & Irrigation Guarantee.
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