Landscape Retaining Walls
Take Control of Your Landscape Presentation
Retaining walls are the perfect building structure for steep or sloped landscapes that require leveling or to enclose outdoor living areas and other exterior applications that require a wall. The main structural functions to building some form of retaining wall within the landscape environment are to contain and stabilize the soil or rock from movement in downhill areas. Their other benefits are they also provide better soil erosion control in landscaped gardens. As for their decorative appeal, you can take control of your landscaped setting and presentation to enhance and complement the landscape decor and surroundings to create a beautiful and elegant appearance that is filled with character and charm.
Retaining Wall Over Four Feet High
Landscape retaining wall materials are available in various building materials. This is where DIY home owners need to be careful if they intend on building the wall themselves. Its advisable to consult with an engineer first especially if the expected wall height will be over 4 feet high. They will advise you on which appropriate material will suit your specific wall height, the most suitable structural wall design to provide wall strength and stability and they will test the soil condition. In most suburban regions if a retaining wall is to be built over 4 feet high, an application must be submitted with local building authorities for approval
Landscape Retaining Wall Materials
The flexibility in the material options that are available to build landscape retaining walls is an individual choice. This allows home owners and landscape designers in achieving a certain decorative wall look and style in terms of overall character and presentation within the landscape setting and surroundings. The following are the more favorable material options that are more commonly featured for their safety, their functions and decorative values on residential applications. They are as follows:
Pre Cast Concrete Blocks
Pre cast concrete blocks are one of the more popular landscape retaining wall materials that are available for the landscaping industry. This type of retaining wall material is produced from special cement mixtures, specific aggregates and colored oxide pigments. The benefits and advantages to pre cast concrete blocks is they provide exceptional wall structural strength and stability; there are various block designs, shapes, sizes, textures, surface finishes and thickness to suit specific wall requirements.
The other great benefits is they have excellent durability values, will not rot, they are resistant to fire, rust, termites and water with a high degree of all weather tolerances and longer lasting structural performance that will last for decades. Another two good reasons for the popularity of pre cast concrete blocks is they are the more affordable product then natural stone blocks and they will certainly increase the value of your property.
Timber Landscape Retaining Walls
Timber sleepers are still a popular choice especially for residential landscape garden retaining walls. Some home owners still prefer the natural look and charm of timber and opt to feature this material over other types of materials. Timber sleepers have replaced the old rail road ties that were popular 5 decades ago. The timber that is used today is unlike the old railroad ties from yester-year that was very poor in quality because it was not properly treated, which resulted in rot issues and had enormous insect and termite infestation issues and often in time the walls collapsed.
The benefits of the timber that is used for landscape retaining wall is, the timber sleepers are specially chemically or naturally treated so the timber has good durability values, will not decay or rot, is water resistant and more importantly it is termite and pest resistant. If you have decided to feature the natural look and charm of timber sleepers as your landscape retaining garden wall, it’s advisable not to build a timber wall more then 4 feet high.