While maybe not the exciting topic to talk about, retaining walls play a crucial role in both landscaping and even building structure. For those who are unfamiliar with what a retaining wall is, it’s a (usually but not always short) wall that’s designed to hold and support soil that would be in danger of eroding. In some settings, this is often done mainly for aesthetics, while in other settings it’s done to keep a building or other structure from having its foundations compromised.
Since you typically want to have the strongest possible material in this case, it’s no surprise that concrete retaining walls are the most popular choice in modern design. Regardless of whether you want a retaining wall for structural or visual purposes, there are a wide variety of options to consider that all require careful planning from experienced contractors.
Type of Material
This might seem like an obvious answer: for a concrete retaining wall, you want to use…concrete. Of course, that’s true, but you still need to choose what form of concrete. For instance, if you choose to go the route of large concrete blocks, you would need to be sure that your retaining wall isn’t going to have any notable curbs. Smaller blocks give you more freedom of form, though even with them, you might run into some limitations as far as the design of the wall.
A third option is to have the retaining wall completely formed then poured. While this is the most expensive option of the three, it gives you the greatest freedom in design, allows you to have more options for finishes, colors and textures, plus it is able to be reinforced, giving the wall greater strength. With a poured form wall, you even have the option for the concrete to imitate other materials, such as stone or brick.
Here in BC, if you plan to have a retaining wall higher than 4 feet, you have to obtain a permit. Besides the cost and hassle of that process, you are required you to get a professional engineer drawing that just makes the whole ordeal costlier and more complicated.
Since we have decades of experience under our belt building retaining walls in the province, we can help you come up with alternative solutions if you would rather avoid applying for permits. For example, we can build multiple spaced walls under 4 feet each, which not only speeds up the whole process, it actually looks quite beautiful, as well.
Regardless of which sort of retaining wall you want, one thing is for sure: you need a contractor who knows what they’re doing. If a retaining wall is poorly designed or built, you could have a disaster waiting to happen. That’s why you should trust of trust the professionals at Richmond Concrete Contractors, since we have the best people, equipment and reputation in the business. When you need a concrete retaining wall, you need it done right — you need Richmond Concrete Contractors.
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