Is your yard sloped?
Does it contain unsightly hills or dips?
Then you might need to consider a retaining wall. Commonly used in residential landscaping, retaining walls serve a variety of purposes around the yard. Their most basic job is to prevent the earth on steep slopes from moving downhill or collapsing.
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If your home sits at the bottom of a hill, a retaining wall - alongside other necessary drainage solutions - will help control the risk of erosion and protect your home from water damage. By creating a plateau on a hill or slope, you can slow the momentum of water during heavy rainfall.
Retaining walls can also be used to expand your outdoor living space. Building a retaining wall can transform difficult, sloped areas of your yard into flat, usable surfaces. This will maximize space and effectively open up your backyard for entertaining.
Unsure if your yard could benefit from a retaining wall? The professionals at Greenway of Nashville will answer any questions you have and engineer a wall that serves the needs of your yard while acting as a beautiful focal point of your property.
In addition to preventing soil erosion, retaining walls give homeowners the chance to include custom stonework or other hardscaping into their outdoor spaces. Below are the four primary types of retaining walls and their specific purposes:
Gravity walls use their own weight to maintain stability and hold back soil. This common type of retaining wall can be constructed from a variety of materials including concrete, stone, and even brick masonry.
Also known as reinforced retaining walls, cantilevered walls are supported by a slab foundation that extends back into the hill. This added strength stabilizes the wall and prevents it from sliding or tipping forward.
Sheet piling walls can be composed of a number of materials, such as steel, aluminum, or wood planks. Best used in soft soils, piling walls are driven directly into the ground and are typically constructed when there is a limited amount of space.
Anchored walls are the strongest type of retaining wall and can add support to any of the other techniques mentioned. As the name suggests, a cable or anchor is wrapped around the wall and driven into the rock or soil behind it to provide further stabilization.
Retaining walls may look simple, but it requires a significant amount of planning and knowledge to engineer a strong and long-lasting wall. For this reason, it’s always best to enlist a professional retaining wall builder who will give thought to not just the outer appearance of your wall but the structural considerations behind and below it.
Here are the most important features of a well-built retaining wall:
outdoor stairs and retaining wall combination surrounded with landscaping flower beds
Depending on your needs and chosen material, retaining wall prices will vary. A high-quality wall by an experienced professional is always worth the installation cost because retaining walls are one of the most frequently mishandled projects.
With this in mind, it’s important to be aware of the three most common retaining wall design and installation mistakes:
The planning stage of retaining wall installation is vital. One of the biggest mistakes we see when it comes to retaining walls is poor engineering. In order for these walls to do their job, there is a lot that needs to be considered in the design process. With this in mind, it’s important to have knowledgeable professionals handling the design of your structure.
Walls that don’t have a proper drainage system installed to reroute groundwater have a high chance of failure. Water spells trouble for retaining walls. Considering drainage throughout the building process will prevent erosion, protect your wall, and ensure the longevity of the build.
Retaining walls that don’t adhere to best construction practices will likely become victim to tilting, bulging, cracking, or even collapsing. Hiring a contractor who knows the best construction techniques for each material type from concrete to stone will help you avoid these unattractive flaws.
The best way to ensure you receive a quality retaining wall is to choose a quality contractor.The experienced team at Greenway of Nashville has been improving the landscapes of homes across Nashville for over ten years.
Committed to solid results and dependable service, our professionals will be a trusted partner throughout the retaining wall installation process. We’re confident in our work and ability to deliver a structure that adds not only function but beauty to your yard.
Contact us today at (615) 238-4574. We’ll transform your hilly terrain into usable space that enhances your overall landscape design.