Retaining Wall Molds
Retaining walls are used for various landscaped environments that are steep or sloped and require a structural wall to hold back and contain soil or rock to stop soil erosion and other natural causes. They are also used for their decorative appeal to create visual interests by adding overall character to enhance the landscape garden presentation. There are several types of building materials that retaining walls can be structurally built from. The more common types of materials include; pre cast concrete blocks, natural stone blocks and timber logs or sleepers.
One of the most popular materials is pre cast concrete blocks. With so many sizes, designs, textures and surface finishes to choose from, they are a great product to consider for your next retaining wall project. As for the shaped molds that are used to cast individual units there are a multitude of design options available to choose from to suit individual retaining wall requirements and specifications.
How Are Pre Cast Concrete Blocks Made?
Pre cast concrete blocks are a man made / manufactured product that are specifically made for a wide variety of retaining wall applications. The mixture content of special cement, aggregates, sand and colored oxide are thoroughly mixed and placed in shaped molds for the cement mixture to cast in. In most manufacturing production techniques, the molds need to go through a vibrating process to cast a block with a certain surface finish.
Concrete Block Kit Forms
Have you considered making your own concrete blocks? There are concrete block kits available for those home owners who want to make their own blocks. Most kit forms will contain pre mixed cement mixture, 2 or three reusable rubber shaped molds with certain instructions and guidelines to follow. If you decide on purchasing a kit form, it is a fun and most enjoyable way to produce your own blocks. As for the affordability aspects when you compare the price of each block unit you make in comparison to the cost of retail price you can save hundreds of dollars long term.
Types of Retaining Wall Molds
The most common types of retaining wall molds are made from rubber or resin materials. Another mold material is actually shaped and carved from natural stone compositions. Most manufacturers use high quality rubber molds due to their durability values and re usable advantages. High quality grade rubber molds do have advantages to natural stone molds, they do cost less and if they are looked after properly, they can be re used time and time again.
As for the rubber molds designs and patterns there are a lot more to choose from. Natural stone carved molds have their advantages as well. The main advantage is because the molds are pre shaped and carved out from real stone, all of the natural surfaces and rough edge appearance allows the cement mixture to cast in and set in that natural line pattern.
Patterns and Designs Of Rubber Molds In Kit Forms
Kit forms are a great alternate in making basic to unusual and unique retaining wall blocks especially for garden edging and walkway borders. There are many rubber mold patterns and designs in kit forms available; here are some of the more basic shapes, designs and patterns that can be made you:
Concrete Block Molds
One of the more popular materials used for most types of retaining wall applications are concrete blocks. Concrete blocks have excellent strength and stability values for various wall designs and heights. There are various kit forms that have different combinations of quick setting cement based mixing materials with 3 or 4 reusable rubber molds. After using the molds, they must kept clean so they stay in good condition and can be reused over and over again for making the next batch of blocks.
Brick Curve and Straight Edging Molds
Brick curve and straight edging molds are great options in making your own blocks. Both of these mold designs work really well in building a small decorative retaining wall within the landscape setting, they can be highlighted as edging around large trees as ring borders, along pathways and many other small retaining wall projects.