Block and Brick Retaining Walls Introduction

What are Retaining Walls used for?


Retaining walls are used widely in the landscaping industry. There are a variety of materials that retaining walls can be made from, such as brick, stone, rock, concrete, wood, steel, and reinforced soil. There are also different methods of structuring, for example; monolithic, rigid and poured concrete walls.

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Retaining Wall Design

Retaining walls are used to give support to vertical sloping land. By installing retaining walls, such sloping land can be leveled and hence be of greater use. Plants, trees and gardens can be incorporated to once useless land.

Retaining walls have also been used for visual or decorative purpose. Retaining walls can be used in the garden to add to the landscaping design, such as surrounding flowerbeds or to accentuate feature gardens.

With the use of colored bricks and pavers, decorative stones and various timbers, retaining walls can add that aesthetic appeal to the garden grounds.

Retaining walls are also used for the construction of highway walls, parking lots, erosion walls and bridges.

Factors to Consider in Building a Retaining Wall

Building a retaining can be easy enough for do-it-yourself installation, however the higher the slope the more difficult it becomes to construct. When the slope of the land becomes too high and steep, a structural engineer is required. The reason for this is that many structural factors must be taken into consideration and resolved to prevent destabilization of the wall.

the retaining wall must be able to support the weight So the geography of the location where a retaining wall is being considered is very important. The retaining wall has to be able to do the same job that the soil presently does. Therefore the type of soil behind the wall must be considered, or better yet a drainage system can be put in place. This will allow water to be released from behind the wall, and hence put less weight pressure on the wall.