Introduction to Wood Retaining Wall
Wood Retaining Wall Overview
Wood and timber materials are commonly used to construct retaining walls for residential landscapes and commercial properties. Wood offers many natural and enhanced benefits, this is why they are an ideal choice for retaining wall applications. There are a wide variety of woods available to construct the perfect retaining wall whether it is large or small. The beauty of wood and timber is that they offer a natural and realistic setting especially when featured in landscapes.
Constructing a wood retaining wall is relatively simple although professional installation is recommended to achieve the ultimate result. A successful wood wall will last for many years and serve its purposes correctly. Wood walls can be enhanced with outdoor paints to the color of the homeowner’s choice. Wood and timber retaining walls can be assembled in many different vertical or horizontal patterns.
Timber Retaining Wall
Timber is a commonly used building material which is very versatile. It can be used in a wide variety of ways to construct the perfect retaining wall to best suit the property. Timber retaining walls can be built and used for the following purposes; erosion control, soil retention, slope tame, decorative garden beds, barriers, step support etc.
Timber is available in many different types. Some types are naturally resistant whilst others require further enhancement and treating. Treated timber is a perfect option as the wood is highly treated to prevent rotting, termites, and other common occurrences. Timber is also available in rare conditions as well as polished. Timber can be painted to a color to suit the application requirements. Colored paints also offer further protection for the timber.
Wood Retaining Wall
Wood is a relatively fair priced construction material. There are many different types of woods this is where the price will differ. Some woods are naturally resistant to termites, rotting and other common wood infestations whilst other wood require enhancement to prevent common wood problems.
A wood retaining wall can be assembled by DIY or by professional installation. The construct time and labor is relatively easy for those with a strong knowledge in construction. Wood retaining walls are a stylish alternative to common concrete block walls. The strength and durability of the finished wall is immense.
Railroad Tie Retaining Wall
Railroad tie retaining walls are a unique solution for problem properties. In recent years railroad tie retaining walls have become a popular alternative compared to concrete, brick and stone retaining walls. Railroad ties are often made of wood and they are of an oblong shape. These sleepers are the ideal material for retaining walls because of their strong durability, strength and the ability to withstand a large amount of weight.
These retaining wall materials are laid in a bed of sand, crushed stone or gravel when installed. The wood features ties which enable the wood when laid to be locked in place, in the same and similar way to an interlocking block, which means no mortar or joints are required.
Railroad ties are available from manufactures or homeowners can check out railways which are not in use. Purchasing from manufacturers is a better choice as the wood is assessed and made sure they are in excellent working order. The final appearance of a railroad tie retaining wall is unique and the material can be painted with color, low gloss or high gloss polished. This type of retaining wall can stand a large amount of weight and provides excellent support values for other types of applications.