Retaining Wall Costs
Retaining walls are used for the following reasons; to tame sloped properties, retain large amounts of soil, control erosion, structurally support fences and gates, decorative features throughout landscaping, garden beds and much more. A retaining wall application is generally planned carefully to help tame a property which is in need of help. There is a wide variety of designs and styles which are put into place for functional or decorative applications.
DIY projects can be completed by homeowners to help save costs on labor prices as well as doing the installation in their own time. It is said that walls which are above 1 to 1.5 meters in height should be engineered and designed specifically by a professional. Walls above this height may require reinforcement materials to ensure the retaining wall application is stable. Setting a budget to best suit homeowners is important as this type of application can become very costly. Careful planning and research will lead to a successful application at a low cost price.
The materials which are generally involved in a retaining wall application include blocks, units or pavers, mortar, quick set concrete, foundation materials, reinforcement materials, drainage systems, back fill and more depending on the type of application. All materials cost money therefore homeowners can shop around and visit local retailers to seek the best price for purchasing all materials involved.
Blocks, units and pavers are the most common materials used for retaining wall applications. These individual units are generally sold by the ton or pallet as well as individually. Individually their cost price can range from $2.00 to $50.00 a piece. Natural stone materials are more expensive compared to concrete and manufactured stone materials.
Homeowners also have the option to hire a professional contractor. Professional contractors are responsible for purchasing all the required materials for the applications to the homeowner’s choice. Homeowners can alternatively purchasing materials required and get the professional to install. Considering all options and weighing up the cost expenditure may be a good start.
Tools are necessary equipment which is required to assist with the installation process of a retaining wall. Handy tools may already by around the garden shed which is beneficial for those who choose to complete the project via DIY. Larger tools which may be required for the installation such as; saws, reinforcement components, block cutters etc can all be hired. These tools can be hired for half a day, a full day or weekly options for a fee.
Professionals can be consulted by homeowners for a free no obligation quote. A quote is where the contractor accesses and discusses with homeowners things such as; what the homeowners want to achieve from their installation, where the installation site is, material choice and budgets. Professionals then access the job site, calculate and do measurements and write up an estimate of what it would cost the homeowners to have the retaining wall built by this professional.
Seeking quotes from several different professionals allows homeowners to decide on the best price or who they were happier with and will receive the best job from. Driving through the neighbored and seeing retaining walls built by local professionals can also help decide on the right person for the job.
Researching For the Best Price
The internet, television, magazines and radio are a great place for advertising. Homeowners can benefits from these by researching for the best prices for their retaining wall application. Seeking different manufactures pricing on retaining wall materials and tools is an ideal way to save on your retaining wall costs. Even looking out of state may help save on costs. There are many online web sites which give costs prices and even visual images of their materials.