Utility of Retaining Walls in Contemporary Construction Projects
A yard or a driveway, no matter how big or well-maintained they are, cannot be used for some other purpose if they are sloping.
For example, you want to construct something or install a teeter-totter for the kids, but your sloping yard does not permit either. This is the reason why any residence needs retaining walls around them which can only be made by the best concrete contractors. This makes sure that the property is leveled and at the same time it looks great as well.
What is a Retaining Wall?
Any wall built by concrete contractors, which supports a structure and protects it from the movement of soil or water is known as a retaining wall. Such walls can be made and used for a variety of purposes, including keeping earth away from driveways and staircases, protecting garages, separating roads and highways and preventing river banks from eroding.
Construction of Retaining Walls
Concrete contractors employ various techniques to build retaining walls. The prime consideration here is the purpose for building the wall. Accordingly, a suitable construction method is followed for the construction. Even though the most popular construction material happens to be concrete, a number of other materials are also used, viz.–
· Interlocking Blocks
· Insulated Concrete Form
Special tools are needed, like gloves, glasses, landscaping fabric, level, soil tamper, wheelbarrow, wooden stakes, and tape measure, along with basic ones like shovels for digging.
Such retaining walls can be given a variety of designs based on your preferences. Some of these designs include anchored, cantilevered, piling or gravity. When constructing retaining walls, concrete contractors consider a number of factors that include:
-the rate of flow of water
These two factors are considered to be the most important as standing water can prove to be detrimental to the retaining wall in the long run.
In order to avoid such issues, rocks and gravel are used strategically to ensure that the flow of water does not affect the condition of the wall in any manner.
The top layer of the retaining wall is kept six inches higher than the ground, and if the water flow is heavy, then the height is increased further. It is always best to have a high wall as it provides protection in the future as well. Concrete contractors build retaining walls which are usually not higher than five feet and use soil as a base for construction of cantilever styled retaining walls.