Retaining walls are most often installed to prevent the movement of soil. When a terrain slopes too dramatically soil tends to erode, shifting laterally over time. In areas where there is little vegetation, high winds or heavy rainfalls, erosion can occur quickly. Retaining walls provide structural support for the surrounding terrain, creating less dramatic slopes. As a result, the terrain receives less exposure to wind and the drainage of surface water is more controlled. As an added benefit, a retaining wall may help to increase the amount of usable space on your property.
A variety of materials can be used to create retaining walls, including precast concrete stone, natural stone, treated lumber, and concrete with a stone veneer. Each type of building material has its own installation process and respective limitations. Hydrostatic pressure is undoubtedly the leading cause of retaining wall failure and nothing is more crucial to the longevity a retaining wall than installing an effective drainage system. At Rock Landscaping we value your investment and take every precaution to ensure that your retaining wall remains beautiful and structurally sound for many years to come.