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What to Know Before Building a Retaining Wall

Erosion and water runoff can cause a number of problems for any landscape. The use of retaining walls may be one solution for these problems. However, before you begin the design and construction of a retaining wall there are a few things you should consider.

Type of the Wall

There are many types of materials that can be used for the construction of a retaining wall. There are also several styles of wall. The construction material and wall style often depend of the height and use the wall is intended for. Wood is usually used for wall under three feet in height while metal or vinyl may be used for a sheet piling wall built in an enclosed space or soft soil. Gravity walls are typically made up of heavier materials such as stone or concrete blocks and are designed to use the wall’s weight to keep things in place.

Use of the Wall


When building retaining walls the use of the wall itself may influence its design. Consider whether the wall will be used for a large embankment or small garden, how close it will be to other structures, and whether or not it needs visual appeal as well as stability. Also take into account the weather for the area in which it will be installed.

Professional Construction

Because there are so many factors that can come into play when designing a retaining wall you may want to consider talking to a professional. Not only can the survey the area to determine the soil type and runoff patterns, but also choose the best material and design suited for the particular needs of a project. A professional can also pinpoint any potential problem arias and advise you on possible solutions.

Building retaining walls can be complicated depending on a number of factors. Weather, soil type, location and height can all potentially influence your design. You will also need to consider the spatial constraints of the area the wall will be built in. Remember, a professional construction team may already have the knowledge and experience to design the best solution for your needs.

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