Retaining walls are a very common installation in western North Carolina. Our mountains and valleys are a beauty to behold, while also creating a lot of slopes in our backyards and cliff sides to navigate. These walls can help carve out accessible space for home and business owners.
While retaining walls can extend the amount of usable space available in your yard, they also help with soil retention and erosion control. They swiftly enhance the look of your space, contributing to the value of your home.
They can also be completely utilitarian, as you see by the side of the interstate. In these high stakes spots, they protect the roadway and passerby from erosion as well.
Obviously, the size and type of retaining walls vary in great degrees, depending on the situation and need.
A really important aspect of retaining walls -- often overlooked by DIYers -- is proper drainage.
The most important part of a high-quality retaining wall is to make sure water can drain easily around or through it. The majority of retaining walls do not allow water to pass through them -- they are impervious.
If water doesn’t have another easy route to take instead of through the wall, it will build up and cause a high amount of hydrostatic pressure.
This pressure will then cause a breakdown in the wall, bulging, and/or cracking.
Our team is well-versed in designing retaining walls that are made to last, utilizing proper drainage techniques.
These plans are tailored to your specific needs and desires, as well as to the land itself. The climate, soil type, vegetation, and materials being used will all help determine the best course of action.
Materials & Size
The amount of materials available for retaining walls can vary greatly, and there are a lot of innovative materials out there to choose from.
The more common options include:
- Poured concrete
- Precast concrete
- Natural boulders
We’re glad to assist with all sizes of retaining walls -- from commercial needs, down to designing and implementing an accent wall purely for looks in your backyard.
Depending on the size and height of your wall, permitting and engineering may be required. We’re well-versed in this and can navigate it for you.
Contact us to discuss what’s on your mind, and how we can make that vision come to life!