The Benefits To Installing Different Types Of Retaining Walls

Retaining walls have many benefits both functionally and aesthetically. These walls are often used as a support system for various types of landscaping and other structures on your property and provide an aesthetically appealing look. Retaining walls also have the added benefit of making your yard generally easier to maintain as they help to control issues with erosion. They also help to maintain soil quality by improving drainage and helping with flood control. This is particularly valuable to you if your property lacks much in the way of trees and shrubbery to help with these issues. A retaining wall is an excellent way to reduce the amount of runoff at the surface of your lawn. It is also possible to include drainage pipes and other methods of drainage into a retaining wall to further assist with issues such as flooding. Retaining walls can also be used in a number of creative ways such as creating terraces by using a sequence of retaining walls. This can add space to your yard for landscaping purposes and the bottom line is that they look very aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

There Is A Retaining Wall To Fit Everyone’s Needs

  • Concrete

    Concrete retaining walls are constructed of poured in place concrete. These walls have the advantages of being strong, durable and very resistant to the elements. They are also quite easy to erect and have a great, smooth, finished look to them that is very aesthetically pleasing. These walls can generally be put up quicker than a more traditional wall constructed of blocks and they can often last at least a century. Concrete retaining walls also tend to continue to strengthen as they harden after they have been put into place.

  • Block

    Block retaining walls constructed of masonry blocks that are fitted into place are one of the more iconic of the major types of retaining walls. They can be more labor-intensive to install but many homeowners feel that it is well worth the extra trouble because block retaining walls have such an aesthetically pleasing look to them. One advantage to using blocks for a retaining wall is that there is huge flexibility as far as the size of blocks used as well as the color of blocks. People often choose this material for the construction of their retaining wall because there are so many different ways that it can be utilized. Block retaining walls are highly durable and easy to maintain.

  • Wood

    Wood retaining walls are also very popular these days and for a number of reasons. To begin, wood retaining walls are very cost effective and fairly easy to erect. They also have a great look to them that many people love. The aesthetics, cost-effectiveness and ease of installation are what leads many homeowners to choose to have a retaining wall constructed of wood put up on their property. These walls do require more maintenance than some other types of retaining walls, however, so a homeowner needs to be aware of this fact. It is also the case that some retaining wall functions, such as lending support to larger structures, are better served with walls constructed of concrete or blocks. None the less, the great look that these walls provide make them very popular.

As you can see, retaining walls offer many benefits to homeowners that range from functionality to aesthetics. There is a type of retaining wall out there to suit any personal taste as well as any functional need.

If you’d like to know more about Retaining Walls in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley areas, please call K&D Landscaping at (831) 728-4018.