Retaining walls can be a big financial and physical investment. Having some background knowledge could alleviate some of the stress of trying to find the perfect fit for your future retaining wall. Here are two different types of retaining walls that you might try out for yourself.
What Kind of Retaining Wall is Best For Me?
Wood Retaining Wall
A wood retaining wall is more common because of the lower cost and simplicity. This type of wall blends into the landscape a lot better than brick. It can also be stained to fit similar colors that are in your yard already. The walls can be as short as one foot tall and can go up in height from there.
- Low Cost – wood is usually cheaper than concrete
- Adds a natural appeal to your yard – the wood blends in with the landscape surrounding it making it appear more natural and neutral
- Offers flexibility when styling to fit your yard – subtle appearances makes the design more flexible as opposed to an edgy appearance
- Easy to install – this could be a do-it-yourself project. Only a few tools are needed
- The wood could rot – without proper care, the wood on the retaining wood could rot and you will have to replace it rather soon
- Not too strong – Great for small plants, but not for bigger, heavier projects. Something heavy could potentially weigh down the wall
- Needs more maintenance to last longer – in order to make the wood last longer, you will need to waterproof it and add preservatives. Regularly cleaning the wood would also help with the longevity
Concrete Retaining Wall
A concrete retaining wall is a lot more permanent and can endure heavier projects. This wall can consist of bricks, concrete panels, or poured-in-place concrete panels. A brick wall can only be about 4 feet tall, so it would be helpful to identify what kind and how tall you need the retaining wall to be. With this type of wall, there are advantages and disadvantages as well.
- Offers better resilience – concrete can withstand most weather conditions
- Strength that can hold up tons of water and land – because the concrete is more durable and stronger, it can sustain heavier weights and keep things in place
- Low maintenance – concrete does not need to be cleaned or prepped as much as wood.
- Lasts for at least a century – the life span of a concrete wall is quite long, so you will not have to worry about replacing the concrete for at least 100 years
- Challenging to install – it can be difficult to do this work on your own so it would be good idea to hire a professional
- Design should have effective support and drainage – before building this, make sure that you have room for water to drain
- Complicated to remove – because concrete is rather permanent, when removing this, you can’t just “pull it apart”. You need to use tools such as a sledgehammer for removal.
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