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The Top 3 FAQs about Retaining Walls

Many people do not realize the benefit that a retaining wall might be for them. Retaining walls can be a great advantage to eroded areas, walkout basements, or a sloped area. Did you buy that perfect house... but compromised on having a backyard that’ss a giant hill? You might benefit from a retaining wall to give you a level space in your backyard for entertainment or playtime with your children.

1. What is a retaining wall?

A retaining wall is a sturdy built wall that supports the soil it is holding up while stopping any erosion that might want to naturally occur due to a land slope. A retaining wall can be seen in many different areas one common area might be at the end of a walkout basement. The basement typically has two walls on either side of the house that keep soil from washing away essentially. A retaining wall might also be at the edge of a very sloped yard or some other hill. The sloped hill is levelled out and the retaining wall prevents the soil from washing on down the hill. This keeps the area level and does not allow wind, water, and heavy rain to create a slope once again.

2. When Is a retaining wall needed?

A retaining wall might be needed for several different reasons. One reason might be due to erosion. If erosion is stopping up certain areas of your yard or property then a retaining wall might be needed. A retaining wall can decrease the angle of a slope and cause the ground to be more level. A second reason for needing a retaining wall goes right along with the clogging up of erosion. A retaining wall might be used to prevent flooding that might otherwise be caused by unlevel ground and erosion. A third reason that a retaining wall might be needed is to give a rather unusable and severely sloping area a more levelled,l usable area.

3. What are the different types of retaining walls?

Gravity retaining walls are the most commonly used retaining wall.s A gravity retaining wall is made up of bricks or blocks and uses the weight of the retaining wall itself to hold up the soil that presses against it to prevent erosion or flooding.

A cantilevered retaining wall might also be called a reinforced retaining wall. A cantilevered retaining wall is typically made up of concrete with metal bars poured within the concrete to reinforce the strength of the concrete. This creates a very strong retaining wall that might be needed on a more severe slope grade.

Sheet Piling retaining wall is very simply a sheet of steel, vinyl or wood that driven deep into the ground to reinforce the soil that it is intended to hold up. An anchored retaining wall is most certainly the strongest type of retaining wall. An anchored retaining wall is simply one of the types of retaining walls described above, typically concrete, with anchors to hold down the wall into the ground.

4. What Material is best for a retaining wall?

There are different types of material that can be used for retaining walls. Retaining walls can be brick, concrete, vinyl, steel, or wood. The material that you want should reflect the strength that you need first and foremost. If the slope of the hill is not too severe then a retaining wall material can be selected based upon what has more physical eye appeal to you.

Give your children the backyard playing space that they so desire, or finally fix that erosion problem on your property by giving JC Paving a call today. JC Paving can help answer any questions you might have about putting a retaining wall on your property.

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