The Art Of Retaining Earth
Adding retaining walls is primarily due to displaced soil from a construction or rebuild job. When the ground has a change in elevation is another occasion. It's nice to add a retaining all in these situations because it creates a more clean look to your landscape. Retaining walls also help with water run off. You can easily control your water drainage if you can change the elevation and leveling of the soil. The primary reasoning for retaining soil is to resist the lateral pressure.
When designing, we can use retaining walls to divide a space. Making it more pleasing to the eye. When you have a professional landscaping team construct a foundational sound retaining wall it will keep your space contained and safe. Most people don't know there are actually codes to how high a retaining wall can be. Ask us about the area your house is located so we can make sure your project is going to be able to happen.
There are a variety of types of walls we can build for you. The key to a good retaining wall is making it practical. There is no need to sacrifice anyone's safety for a certain look. When you talk to our team ask us about the stone and rock options that will blend in the best with your current location.
Let's talk about how to build a retaining wall. We need to make sure it is strong. The only way to make it strong is to do the build correctly. If you build it correctly it will stand the test of time and remain firm for multiple generations. The first part to having solid retaining wall is to have a firm foundation, this is called a solid base. Using compacted material you can build the base and have good drainage. The soil behind the retaining wall is going to push. We want to build the wall in a way that makes it push back against the soil with greater or equal to pressure. It is better to have greater pressure than the soil in order to guarantee a strong wall that won't move over time. The retaining wall doesn't need to hold back the entire hillside it only needs to hold back the material between the wall and the current hillside. This material behind the wall is called the wedge. If you have a poorly designed retaining wall it's possible that the wall will fail, creating a larger problem then you had to start. The slope of the hillside and gravity are going to be the elements causing pressure against the back side of the wall. Soil weighs around a hundred plus pounds per cubic feet, this is why we need heavy materials like large retaining blocks, boulders, timbers or even poured concrete to counteract the pressure and hold the soil in place. Every retaining wall we build, we make sure we do it correctly the first time. But even a well-built wall can fail if you don't take care of two different variables. Water and un-compacted soil are the two variables you need to watch out for. If you have the retaining wall idea in place for your property give us a call and we will help you figure out which material to use and give you a free quote on how much it will cost and how long it will take. We look forward to hearing from you!