Hardscapes - Retaining Walls
About Retaining Walls
Enhance Landscapes Overall Impression
The landscaping industry has flourished from strength to strength and still continues to grow today due to the many choices and selections of landscaping materials and products that homeowners can implement to the exterior locations of their residential properties. One of the most popular choices that homeowners, landscape designers and builders should consider is a retaining wall system.
Retaining walls are a functional construction as well as a decorative garden wall feature. They are available in a vast majority in material products, large color selection as well as many sizes and shapes. Building a retaining wall is a great addition to your landscaped gardens, for help on the installation reqiurements seek the help of a contractor.
Retaining Wall Materials
Retaining wall materials for residential or commercial applications for garden walls or as a fencing system are made from the following material types that include:
- Natural Rocks
All retaining wall materials will provide strength, durability and stability to any retaining wall applications on your property. The benefits of all materials for retaining wall construction, such as stone, is they are sturdy, long lasting, weather resistant, very little maintenance if any and they look absolutely stunning and will enhance, add style and character to your garden wall or as a fencing system.
Segmental Concrete Blocks
Segmental concrete blocks are an ideal product for a retaining wall application. They are an individual block which is light in weight and therefore very easy for lifting and handling for construction. One of the advantages of segmental concrete blocks is there is no mortar required during installation as they are stacked dry providing their own weight for support. The other advantages are the availability in various color, shapes and sizes for you to choose from.
Keystone blocks are also an individual segmental concrete unit which are specially designed for retaining wall applications. The key shape of each unit comprises of a fibre glass pin which interlocks the keystone blocks together for structural stability.
Keystone blocks are highly recommended as retaining wall systems especially for vertically sloped land. A good drainage system should be in place in the foundation before constructing a retaining wall system as this will eliminate any water damages occurring. Keystone blocks are also highly recommended for large and tall block retaining wall systems because of the strengths and stability which will provide long term results structurally.
Design and Layout
The wonderful aspect of retaining wall applications on a residential property lies within the imaginations’ of the designer. YES YOU!!! You the homeowner must decide firstly on what type of design you would like to achieve that best suits your landscaping requirements to gain all the benefits and advantages for structural designs or decorative designs.
There are many tremendous designs that can be achieved for retaining wall applications. Here are some design suggestions:
- Concave Curves
- Circular Design
- Semi Circular
- Straight Line
- Curved Lines
- Zig Zag
- Convex Curves
Considerations of retaining wall designs will rely heavily on the area size, the required height and the specific location for implementation.