IF YOUR HOME IS BUILT ON A HILL OR SLOPE, RETAINING WALLS CAN HELP!
A GOOD RETAINING WALL DESIGN CAN:
- Clear long steep slopes
- Stop your home from shifting
- Stop erosion buildup
- Prevent soil and debris from sliding
- Stop water runoff from rain and irrigation systems
- Provide an aesthetically pleasing look, thereby increasing a home’s value
HOMES ON HILLSIDES OR A SLOPE ARE AT HIGHER RISK FROM BECAUSE EROSION CAN:
- Loosen soil and dirt and displace it into various locations
- Destroy a home’s valuable landscaping and vegetation
- Cause soil and dirt to clump up and develop holes and trenches and
- Crumble and loosens soil around the foundation, severely weakening the foundation.
In areas with hills and slopes, the winds are stronger than they would be normally. The steeper the slope the stronger the wind. Wind causes the soil and dirt to get displaced causing erosion.
Rainwater and irrigation system water runs off the top of the slope and down on the property. This causes various erosion problems.
HOW ARE RETAINING WALLS USED?
An interlocking retaining wall block design is most-commonly built to hold back soil and water from down-slope movement which can cause erosion that can seriously damage a home or structure. Moreover, while many structures may have an engineer-constructed retaining wall, some homeowners wish to have retaining wall pavers built for decorative and organization purposes, for example to organize their garden and give it better cosmetic appeal. For whatever reason you need a retaining wall, Weinstein Construction professionals can build it, and there is a great variety of retaining wall blocks that we can use. Let us provide you with some retaining wall ideas for your home’s specific needs and budget!
Concrete Retaining Wall
Dirt and soil does not stand a very good chance when going up against concrete. That chances are even more limited when concrete is reinforced with steel. However, even with concrete with reinforced steel, if it is not properly constructed, is practically useless. Instead of just designing one big wall, first proper footing is installed in the ground that will enable sufficient support for the structure. From there, reinforced concrete blocks are precisely stacked and aligned.
The concrete retaining walls installed by Weinstein Construction are able to endure a tremendous amount of pressure and will provide more than adequate protection in defending your home from the water and debris coming down from the slope or mountain. This method of constructing a retaining wall is also known as “Pour and Place Retaining Walls.” Without the proper design and planning taken to design this structure, it is more than likely that water and debris will start leaking through and/or the wall will gradually start to lose its support.
Gabion Retaining Wall
Gabions are wire containers that are filled with hard materials, such as rocks or glass. They give appeal and protection to a home.
Invented by Leonardo Da Vinci centuries ago, gabions were first used to create barricades during times of war to protect against enemy fire and invasion. Today, Weinstein Construction offer this innovative solution to protect you against your home’s worst enemy, Mother Nature. This historically used technique is extremely popular and is consistently proven to be one of the most effective types of retaining walls. Not to mention this type of retaining wall is actually more affordable than many others. A gabion is a container made out out of wire that is filled with rock, broken concrete, or other different materials, that can be used for a variety of different reasons besides just retaining walls. Some people even use gabion to create items such as benches for their garden! When utilizing a gabion for your retaining wall, it disperses the water pressure through the openings in the rocks, which brings down soil and vegetation to create a natural drainage runoff and a very appealing effect on your wall.
Frequently Asked Questions
Shotcrete/Gunnite Retaining Wall
The process of using Shotcrete or Gunite to create a retaining wall, will give your home that rests on a the ultimate protection actually a very fascinating and entertaining process. When one of the expert crew members from Weinstein Construction is constructing this type of wall, you may wind up wanting to join in on the fun. The shotcrete or gunite process is when low moisture concrete is strategically sprayed through a gigantic hose directly on to a custom constructed caissons and reinforced steel. You are given the option of having a plain and smooth retaining wall or any other desirable finish to complete your home’s unique design. The wall is then left to dry and you are left with the ultimate protection needed to withstand anything that mother nature may throw at it.