The Crown Point area isn’t particularly hilly or mountainous, but even if you’re home is on a small slope, retaining walls can be extremely useful. A retaining wall is used to keep soil, rocks, and grass in its place and not erode or fall off after a major storm. Retaining walls, when installed by expert landscapers, can be very pretty accents for your yard.
Common Retaining Walls
- Gravity Wall: This type of wall is good for holding small slopes and does not usually exceed four feet. When constructed, the base is larger and denser than the top part and typically leans backwards against the slope to brace it. These walls are something you can build yourself, but it will take a lot of man power. They are also the most basic and will need to be replaced over time.
- Cantilever Wall: These walls are better for tall yard slopes and can support a lot of weight. They’re steel reinforced and the design is more complicated than a standard retaining wall. This makes it better to leave to the experts at Blade Cutters.
- Sheet Pile Wall: These types of walls are used in awkward areas where the soil is soft and there’s not enough room to get in a wide base. For a sheet pile wall, we use planks made from wood, vinyl, and even steel. These get inserted into the soil, which actually holds them up. In certain situations, cables are used to secure the planks together. They can be effectively used for both large slopes and small ones.
- Anchored Walls: This is one of the more complex retaining walls and can support lots of weight. As the name implies, cables are used to anchor the wall. They run through the material and then descend into the ground where they are secured by pressurized concrete. The cables help to preserve the wall from any pressure.
- Counterfort Walls: A counterfort retaining wall is quite similar to a cantilever wall. The major difference is concrete webs, called counterforts, which are inserted in periodic intervals and secured together. They are generally used for taller walls 25 feet and higher.
Contact Blade Cutters for a Consultation
Those are just a few common types of retaining walls. If you would like to know what type of wall makes the most sense for your yard’s slope, contact Blade Cutters. We’ll be happy to come take a look!