Retaining Wall Construction
Retaining walls offer the ability to get creative when it comes to landscaping design and project development. By being able to support large portions of excavated earth the possibilities for creating and utilizing a given space expand greatly. If you are in the market for a retaining wall, it is important to know your options both in stylistic forms and what they can be used for. At Mesa Block Wall Pros, we can do them all, so do not hesitate to contact us for more information on styles, options, and estimates. Here are a few retaining wall ideas to get you started on your retaining wall construction project.
What Can Retaining Walls Be Used For?
A retaining wall driveway is great for those looking to protect their car. Although it may feel safe to leave your car parked on a steep incline, accidents do happen, and they are more likely to occur if your car can roll down a steep hill. Not to mention it is difficult for some passengers, such as elderly people and small children, to maneuver their way in and out of a car on a steep hill. A retaining wall gives you the ability to alter the landscape and either decrease the incline at which you must park, or provide a flattened driveway to improve your property. Even if it seems out of reach, we recommend consulting a contractor to see what they can do with the land.
Using a retention wall in a garden setting can add depth and elegance to the landscape’s design. It can also be used to create more flat spaces for starting and maintaining plants. Using retaining wall landscaping in a garden is great for multiple small-level changes in a property. These types of walls benefit best from lightly packed topsoil used in gardening that does not put as much weight on the structure as packed soil. This is a nice idea to consider when planning your retaining wall design.
Another way to use this structure is to create a retaining wall fence. Fences are the best way to enclose a property for privacy and security. They are equally good at keeping things in as they are good at keeping things out. When a fence sits atop a retaining wall it offers another level of protection by creating an even higher drop for potential intruders. When building a retaining wall fence above the actual wall, there are a few things to consider such as weight and height. Let your retaining wall contractors know you plan to put a fence above the structure for the best chances of a long-lasting job.
What Are The Different Styles Of Retaining Walls?
Gabion Retaining Walls
A gabion wall for retraining purposes is a beautiful and durable choice. This style is composed of a metal cage filled with sturdy materials such as stone, brick, or cement. A gabion wall offers an earthy, organic feel, as the wall literally grows into the surrounding landscape. Because there is no mortar used, the cracks become filled with silt and organic material to only increase the strength of the structure as time goes on. It also offers a natural drainage system protecting it from water damage.
Stone Retaining Walls
Stone retaining walls are made from the same material gabion walls are — natural stone. The difference between the two is that stone walls are held together by mortar the same way a block wall is. The option may be the ultimate choice, as it combines the natural beauty of stone with the stability of mortar binding. Stone also is a more durable material and has a longer lifespan than concrete. This may affect your decision, though concrete still has the strength to last 80-100 years.
Concrete Retaining walls
Concrete retaining walls give a modern and sleek look to the design. The uniformity of block concrete walls is best for those who appreciate the aesthetic of manmade materials. If you prefer a minimalist design, you may even desire a poured concrete wall for your retaining needs. Both styles of concrete constructions are also available in a variety of colors and textures, meaning they can go with your established look.
The one thing to keep in mind however is they may not last as long as a natural stone wall. This downside is countered by the benefit that concrete walls are more affordable. Both the labor and materials of a concrete retaining wall cost less than that of a natural stone wall.
What To Expect From A Retaining Wall Installation
Once you have decided on the type of retaining wall you want and what you are going to be using it for, it’s time to contact a retaining wall contractor company. From there you receive a quote on the project and an initial appointment is set for surveying your property. The block wall company then drafts plans for a design in your vision. The final design should be agreed upon and approved before any work is started. Once this is done plans can be marked out for construction to begin. The land is then excavated and leveled before your retaining wall is finally installed.
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Who To Call
To have a retaining wall installed or repaired on your property, contact the experts. The team of contractors at Mesa Block Wall Pros has the knowledge and experience to make your retaining wall dreams come to life. If you have any questions or are simply ready to start your project today, call us at our office or fill out the available submission form to receive a free quote.