Retaining walls can achieve any feats, from forming the foundation of terraced slopes to defining the boundaries of practical outdoor rooms in a Worthington, OH, landscape. They are wonderfully multifunctional and are carefully placed throughout landscapes to give properties more structure and dimension. Therefore, it’s important that a newly constructed retaining wall be not only durable but also a full complement to the surrounding home and hardscape. Here are a few important factors that we at ARJ Landscape consider when designing and constructing retaining walls that last:
Retaining walls must be installed correctly and comprised of high-quality materials to ensure that they don’t require repair or replacement a few years down the line. At ARJ Landscape, we make your investment in your landscape worthwhile by building structures that meet a certain standard of strength and longevity. As an Authorized Unilock Contractor, we often utilize Unilock wall units of superb quality. In addition, ensuring that the area around each retaining wall is adequately drained can prevent any pressure exerted by accumulating water from diminishing the stability of a wall. Taking care to complete finishing touches, like compaction, as thoroughly as possible also results in a strong, stable retaining wall.
Although retaining walls are often exclusively functional—serving to enclose outdoor rooms or provide additional seating, for example—they still form an integral part of a landscape design. They should, therefore, complement the home and hardscape in color and texture. A traditional suburban home can be accentuated by a pleasant brick retaining wall with a deep earthy color palette and rugged finish. A contemporary home, on the other hand, would be better suited to sleek retaining walls composed of smooth concrete pavers in muted shades. Unilock offers wall units that conform to a wide array of aesthetic themes, from classic historical to cool contemporary designs. Rivercrest Wall, for example, is a convincing substitute for stacked flagstone that retains the compressive strength and affordability of concrete.
Due to the exceptional multifunctionality of retaining walls, you could easily spot numerous walls on a single property, each installed to accomplish a different goal. Whether a particular retaining wall was constructed to hold back a slope or serve as a solid seating option, it would need to support a particular range of loads from specific angles. The material selection and installation process of a particular wall should be tailored to its structural requirements. For example, its height, function, and placement will dictate whether a gravity retaining wall will hold its own or whether geogrid reinforcement will be required. Smaller details may also be tailored to optimize the practicality of a wall. For example, seat walls must be finished off using smooth capstones that aren’t likely to damage delicate clothing.
There are various ways to incorporate eco-friendly measures into your landscape. Using recyclable materials, minimizing water and power wastage are just a few examples. Fortunately, building a retaining wall is an eco-friendly endeavor of its own as these sturdy structures prevent soil erosion and are built to help preserve their natural surroundings.