Why Build a Retaining Wall?

Retaining walls help retain soil and protect foundation structures from erosive processes and promote landscaping. Retaining walls not only add character to a yard but also enhance landscaping. Retaining Walls Adelaide provide support for near-vertical or inclined grade changes and prevent erosion. Concrete retaining walls are also used for aesthetic and practical purposes.

A retaining wall system from Outscape-Constructions is designed to counterbalance the force of natural gradient forces. An unbalanced hillside may be compromised by erosive processes such as runoff, streamflow, ice, runoff, etc. The landscape can be seriously affected by improper management and erosion of slopes. A retaining wall installation done by a competent, experienced professional can significantly improve a property’s worth.

Slopes are more susceptible to soil erosion because they are less compacted. Overlooking a sloping site will likely result in a compact layer of soil beneath the topsoil. This compact layer of soil will bulge upward through smaller gaps in the landscape. Crumbling soil layers, accelerated runoff, increased water evaporation, and soil compaction all increase soil erosion risk. In addition to costing money, improper management of slopes can have detrimental effects on the eco-system.

The materials used in retaining walls, such as earth, concrete, stones, flagstones, and brick are built up over time, providing a visually organic feature that blends into the surroundings. Retaining walls provide the basis for landscaping around the structure. The purpose of the retaining wall is to prevent the soil underneath the structure from moving away. If the landscape allows materials such as wood, plastic, or a combination of materials, can be incorporated into the retaining wall system.

Retaining Walls AdelaideRetaining Walls Adelaide is an attractive alternative to building a house. They can range from simple concrete structures to ornate stone creations, designed to complement a specific landscape feature or the home itself. Landscaping around a retaining wall can be as elaborate or as simple as desired, including creative plantings, seating, pergola or gazebo, and even covered walkways. The beauty of retaining walls is that they can enhance almost any landscape element that is already in place.

Another benefit of retaining walls built by Outscape-Constructions is their ability to improve landscape aesthetics. While they do not have all of the benefits of a crawl space or foundation, they can still provide the following benefits: water saving, increased landscape value, and reduced soil erosion. Water consumption is significantly reduced due to gravity’s force against the weight of the soil. Crumbling earth layers will not erode or wash away vegetation and soil alike. Besides, the lack of a solid surface will allow for air to circulate and shade a garden. These benefits add an aesthetic benefit of providing a barrier between the earth and the plants.

There are many reasons why retaining walls are used as a component of a landscape design. The ability to control slope, regulate temperature, define spaces, and shape a landscape are some of the reasons. Many of these benefits can be achieved by varying the retaining wall’s slope, adjusting the height of the retaining walls, or positioning the walls at different heights to match existing landscaping. The landscape architect can design the retaining wall to incorporate one of several techniques to achieve these objectives.

Some common materials used in the construction of natural stone retaining walls are sandstone, Spanish brick, bluestone, and sandstone. Natural stone is the traditional choice for these structures, but other materials such as stamped concrete, engineered stone, stucco or cement can be used. A cement-based concrete is another option but is not recommended because of the potential for structural instability.