Retaining walls help to stabilize soil slopes, prevent erosion and provide a framework for vegetation. They can also be used as the foundation of a garden or landscaping project. Design and build terraced hillsides, elevated garden beds, paver patios with frameless wall blocks, and fireplaces. Our concrete blocks, pavers are available in a variety of shapes, layout, and colors to complement your unique style and hardscape elements.
To enhance your property’s value and curb appeal, just decide on your landscape, height of the wall, wall design, setback, and the wall materials you want to use to get started! Remember that you’ll also need some sand or gravel to backfill your wall when it’s complete.
There are a variety of ways that retaining walls can be used to improve the look and functionality of your property. Some popular applications include: stabilizing slopes, helping prevent soil erosion, dividing an area into smaller, more manageable segments, creating gardens or landscaping features.
All Retaining Walls share some common building components in their construction. Gravity retaining walls are one of the most fundamental and often used forms of retaining walls. Gravity walls use a mixture of block weight, connections, wall depth, and setback to hold soil back. They are decorative and suit vertically stacking landscapes. The blocks fit together without mortar. You can choose 6x6 or 8x8 inches blocks for your retaining wall which are the common sizes. Second type of wall are the reinforced ones which utilizes soil reinforcement elements like grids and anchors to create taller and durable walls.
Below are some listed components you might need for retaining walls, they might vary depending on the type of soil, landscape:
Leveling Foundation: A level foundation is needed upon which the wall is built. A retaining wall built on an unstable slope will not only be more difficult to build, but may also pose a safety hazard.
Tapered Slope: The slope of the earth should gradually change from wall to wall in order for gravity to hold back soil. If your ground slopes sharply from one side of the retaining wall to the other, you may need a pipeline drainage system or drains along the base of your wall.
Sand or Gravel: Retaining walls are typically built with either sand or gravel as their backfill material. These materials must be brought in when needed and wheeled or hauled away when the wall is finished.
Natural Stone: Retaining walls built with stone must be prepped and masonry units placed before the wall is built to ensure a tight fit. The use of rebar in these types of walls helps to strengthen it.
Connections: Used to secure the block courses. Fiberglass pins, molded pins, a lipped system, or the use of masonry adhesive is recommended.
If you are considering the installation of a retaining wall, it is important to work with an experienced hardscape contractor. Contact Winter Park reliable retaining wall installer today to learn more about the benefits of using this type of structure, and find out which option is right for your specific need10% off $5k Section WParks.
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