What Are Retaining Walls
Because of its particulate nature, earth and soil can move. Too much rain or even slight earth movements can cause soil to shift. If it shifts too much the slope can collapse. Retaining walls are built to prevent this, protecting both your garden and your home. This is especially important if your home is built on a slope.
Even though their purpose is functional, retaining walls also form an important part of landscape design. They are deliberately created for aesthetic effect. They become the building blocks around which your garden landscape is swathed and can be used to create different levels in the garden. Beautiful design can turn your retaining walls into an exciting feature.
There are five common types of retaining walls used in landscaping:
- Gravity Walls: great for small retaining walls no higher than four feet.
- Cantilever Retaining Walls: great for holding significant amounts of earth and can support tall slopes.
- Sheet Pile Retaining Walls: great for soft soils where sleepers can be pushed into the soil and is held up by soil on either side.
- Anchored Retaining Walls: great for supporting heavy loads.
- Counterfort Retaining Walls: great for structures taller than 25 feet.
What Are Retaining Walls Made Of
Richard Robertson Landscapes can build retaining walls from a variety of materials: stone, blockwork, concrete, timber, brick and treated pine sleepers. They can be stone clad walls and rendered walls. Every material has properties that need to be considered when deciding on their structure. The good thing about retaining walls is that they can take almost any type, shape, colour or texture. The natural beauty of hand-stacked stone is what makes the material so appealing. Each piece can be subtly or even dramatically different. The same applies to timber. Richard Robertson will help you choose the best material for the project. Whatever you think you know about walls may need to be adjusted as not only can they be straight but they can curve, become the foundation for garden seating and the surround for stunning garden lighting.
So, Why Use Us
If it's not done properly a retaining wall could end up collapsing and being a costly and dangerous mistake. You don't shove a wall in any old how. A retaining landscape wall is just as important as the walls in your home. Ground pressure and slope requirements have to be considered, as well as the size, height, width and depth of the wall.
That's why you need someone with both creative concepts and with the expertise and professional ability to design and construct this important build. Richard Robertson is a licenced landscaper with the Victorian Building Authority for structural landscaping, a member of the Professional Industry body 'Landscaping Victoria', a Master Builder's Master Tradesman. He's your professional and creative one stop landscape design and landscape construction company.
If you live on the Mornington Peninsula and you're looking for a retaining wall specialist then contact us on 041 959 4214.
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