Build an Aesthetically Pleasing and Environmentally-Friendly Retaining Wall at Your Home or Business
Do you have run-off issues in your home’s lawn? Perhaps your business could use a facelift with a hardscape? It may have never crossed your mind, but a retaining wall may be just the thing you’re looking for. The professionals at Adams Foundation Repair specialize in a variety of concrete jobs, including retaining walls. Read on to learn more about these surprisingly aesthetically pleasing features and how we can help you get your own started.
Who Needs a Retaining Wall?
Home and business owners alike may want, or even need, a retaining wall installed in their lawn design for numerous reasons. One fairly obvious reason is to prevent rainwater run-off and erosion in precipitous areas of your lawn. Retaining walls will help prevent these issues, flooding, and help correct drainage issues. Aside from the environmental factors, these walls look much nicer than a large, out of place slope on your property.
Speaking of which, retaining walls can add an unexpected amount of curb appeal to both private residences and commercial properties. Often used in hardscapes, these walls can be used in raised flower and garden bed designs and even create more space in relatively flat yards to allow for more planting areas and even outdoor seating and entertainment.
In addition to the reasons listed above, retaining walls come in handy for big and small commercial projects as well. We’ve all seen the ones built to retain steep grades next to roadways and exit and entrance ramps for highways. Retaining walls have also been used in park designs, such as in terraced stairways and amphitheaters. Even a small scale retaining wall can give your business a more uniform, professional look.
The 4 Main Types of Retaining Walls
Four main types of retaining walls are generally used in residential and commercial projects, each being better suited for one type of project or another.
Gravity Retaining Walls-These types of walls are most commonly used in residential projects and rely on the weight of the materials used to hold hills and berms in place. Gravity retaining walls are often used in small scale projects and allow for more of a variety in what materials are used, making it a good option for decorative walls. Materials can include pavers, bricks, cobblestones, and more.
Sheet Piling Retaining Walls-Also a typical option in residential or small commercial projects, sheet piling retaining walls are usually used in areas with space constraints and/or soft soil. Their design is simple, consisting of a thin wall made of wood or steel, sometimes vinyl, anchored directly into the earth. These types of walls can be used for larger areas as well, but require additional anchoring due to their simple design.
Cantilevered Retaining Walls-For heavy-duty commercial projects, cantilevered, also known as reinforced, retaining walls are used. Not only are there steel bars inside of the concrete to provide extra strength, but these are also attached to a foundation that runs perpendicular underneath the slope, creating an “L” shape. Since these types of retaining walls are used in large projects, the earth placed on top of the “L” keeps the front of the wall from falling over.
Anchored Retaining Walls-These types of walls are the strongest and generally used in big commercial projects, though any of the above listed retaining walls can be reinforced using this method. Hooks are placed in the ground behind the wall and injected with pressurized concrete to expand their ends. They are then attached to the wall with steel cables. This takes pressure off the face of the wall, which is what makes it so durable and best used for large retaining projects.
Choose Adams Foundation Repair
Interested in adding a retaining wall to your property or business, but not sure where to start? Our professionals are happy to help get your project started when you are. We make the process easy from start to finish, from locating exactly where you would like your retaining wall, which type works best for your area, and even helping you decide what material you would like to use to finish your retaining wall. Our experts help you make informed decisions and we take care of the rest! Give us a call today.