A Brief Guide to Retaining Wall Construction
There are many constructional features required to create a perfect outdoor space. From pavements to pergolas and other amenities such as fountains and terraces, several different construction works are required to turn the landscape of your outdoor space into an exemplary exhibition.
Among all these landscape elements, retaining walls is an essential feature for all those outdoor spaces that are heavy on vegetation. Even if the landscape doesn’t have plants in abundance, retaining walls can be used as the article for enhancing the visual appeal of the space.
As the name suggests, retaining walls are primarily put up to laterally retain different soil levels in the landscape. Apart from preventing soil erosion, retaining walls ensure general safety in the landscape by clearly demarcating the vegetation and pastime spaces. There are some basics that every homeowner must know when it comes to the installation of retaining walls.
Material for the construction of retaining walls
The material used in the construction of retaining walls must be able to endure the lateral pressure of the soil. Moreover, retaining walls are mostly a prevalent feature of residential landscapes in hilly areas. This means the material must got the quality to interlock tightly on uneven surfaces.
For that matter, it is always advised to leave the construction of retaining walls on NCMA certified contractors, if you want a well-built and lifelong landscaping feature. In most of the cases, professional contractors use concrete masonry units or commonly known concrete blocks for building retaining walls. Professional contractors also reinforce tall retaining walls with steel that actually adds to the strength of the entire structure.
Design of retaining walls
Homeowners are usually available with the stock options of straight, tiered and curved walls. However, you can have these designs tweaked and adjusted according to your aesthetical preferences and utility. In order to enhance the curb appeal of the residential unit, one can also go with completely customized wall designs that go well with the architectural motif of the main building and the theme of the landscape.
Benefits of retaining walls
Besides the primary function of soil erosion prevention, there are many other benefits of retaining walls as well.
- Retaining walls also prevent the development of sinkholes in the landscape.
- Vegetation spaces that are not retained by any boundary can result in the formation of unsightly dirt piles and mounds. By erecting retaining walls at suitable places, you can solve this problem.
- During heavy rainfall, retaining walls can protect your landscape from mud flooding.
- In order to set up a dispersed vegetation landscape, use of retaining walls can come in really handy. You can make several botanical patches here and thereby putting up short retaining wall boundaries.
- In addition, retaining walls can also be used to install lighting fixtures in your landscape. Well-lit lighting fixtures on the top of retaining walls offer a nighttime visual treat.
AVC Hardscape provides professional and certified retaining wall construction services. Get in touch with their experts to embellish your outdoor with this functional and aesthetical landscape feature.