Retaining Walls, Natural Stone and Concrete Block
Retaining walls can be constructed using either concrete segmented block, or by using natural stone. Both styles can be used for the same purpose to provide you with the look and function that you desire. They can be used to construct raised garden beds, patios and paths. They can be used to terrace sloped property or to create terraces on your property. Sunken patios are also able to be installed by using retaining walls.
Concrete block is available in a variety of styles and colors to appeal to your taste, and are not limited to straight lines and 90 degree corners, although in some cases that may be necessary.
Stone is also available in many different colors and can be installed to have a smooth or rough face. However, the bigger the wall, the bigger the stone must be to retain functionality. There are also different shapes of stone that can be used to build. Flat/square and also round stone can be used to build the wall, and can also be mortared or dry stacked. Stone can also be used as a veneer on a concrete wall.
Stone walls tend to be more expensive due to the amount of extra labor of fitting stone together and the quantity of material needed to stay within standards and guidelines, whereas concrete block are all the same size and are made to fit together perfectly. Both types of walls still provide the same functionality regardless of what is used.
Most retaining walls can not be built over 3-4 feet high without involving an engineer to design the installation. If an engineer needs to be consulted, they will take soil samples and test density of the soil etc. Using the information gathered, they will provide a plan and instruction on how the installation should be done. This will incur extra expense and possibly limit the installation to a certain type of material and should be reviewed on a case by case basis.
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