Retaining Walls

We Design and Install Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are rigid structures used to support soil laterally so that it can be retained at different levels on the two sides or used to hinder erosion. They are generally designed to restrain soil to a slope that it would not naturally keep, like a steep vertical slope or terrain having undesirable slopes or in areas where the landscape needs to be shaped severely and engineered for more specific purposes.

Retaining walls can be practical and beautiful elements in a landscape. They can help to resolve a variety of problems and offer unique landscaping and planting opportunities as well. Retaining walls are strong and durable while providing the flexibility that allows for almost endless possibilities. Whether you need a retaining wall to hold a slope, stop erosion or a driveway extension, Down Under Waterproofing & Foundation Repair can make it happen.

There are a variety of retaining wall types and different building materials used to construct them each with different advantages and disadvantages. The longevity of the retaining wall will depend on the building material used, the volume of soil being held back, the structural design, and drainage.

  • Modular and cinder block retaining walls are relatively the cheapest and are the most flexible when it comes to design. However, they can't hold back large volumes of soil.
  • Poured concrete retaining walls can handle tremendous amount of soil volume and can be used to hold back steeper slopes, and can conform to the contour of the land. However, they lack style and are relatively expensive to build.
  • Railroad ties and other timber walls are among the cheapest choices for aretaining wall, provide a rustic appearance to landscaping designs but are prone to rotting and structural failure as well as termite infestation.
  • Brick reating walls are flexible when it comes to adding pattern and texture to your wall and the building material is relatively inexpensive. However, they cannot hold back large volumes of soil and are notorious for structural failure if not properly designed and constructed.

Depending on your project and your budget, there's a right retaining wall that will work for you. Understanding the pros and cons of the different types of retaining walls and hiring the right contractor will ensure that you can get the most value for your money in your retaining wall.

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