Guide to Retaining Walls
You can have a great looking yard that is long and sloping. But then, you will soon realize the difficulty of making a project in that area if you don’t have the right protection. One good example is if you want to install a swimming pool in your yard. this would be quite difficult if your yard is sloped. If there is no level ground it would be difficult to put up a see-saw for your children. You cannot construct an outbuilding properly. With retaining walls your property can be leveled up and still make it looking great.
A retaining wall is a wall that supports a structure and protects it against the advancement of water or earth. Retaining walls can be used for many different purposes. Driveways and stairways can be protected from earth, roads and highways can be separated, riverbanks are kept from eroding, and drivers are protected from roadside embankments with the use of retaining walls.
You can build retaining walls in many different ways. The building of your particular retaining wall will depends on the type of retaining wall you want to build. These walls can be constructed using basic construction methods and the most popular is the use of concrete. Interlocking blocks, wooden walls, and insulated concrete forms are the other more popular types.
You can use any type of materials for building a retaining wall. The most popular are built with stones or concrete, but some people are getting creative with the things they use for their retaining walls. People eve use old railway ties to make interesting looking walls.
You need certain tools if you are going to build a retaining wall. You will need a shovel or other digging tools. This job requires a lot of labor. You need to do some really tough work including digging to build your wall. Gravel, a level, a soil tamper, string for marking, wooden stakes, safety glasses and gloves, landscaping fabric, wheelbarrow, and a tape measure.
When you are planning to build your retaining wall, you should take into account the rate of flow where water runs off the most, and drainage. Your retaining walls should not hold standing water since it will ruin the wall in the long run, and will attract mosquitoes that carry viruses. In order to keep water from running directly into the walls, gravel and rocks can be used.
When constructing the wall, you should include a proper drainage system which will prevent certain things that are caused by water seepage including funky green slime on the walls, efflorescence, rust from wall ties and mineral deposits.
You can have a great looking landscape with a properly built retaining wall.