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Retaining Wall Installer in Bakersfield, CA

Retaining Wall Installation

A retaining wall is a structure that holds back the soil and prevents it from sloping down. It is usually used to create level surfaces for construction, and it can be functional or purely aesthetic. Retaining walls are used to increase the usable space of a sloped property, to keep water from flowing downhill and eroding the land, or simply to enhance the natural beauty of a landscape. They are built for their visual appeal and for individuals who just want a way to make their property look unique.

Retaining walls are permanent structures that require more planning than other hardscaping elements. Most exterior retaining walls are built at least 8 inches above grade, but some local codes require them to be higher than that for better protection against damage. The goal is to stabilize the soil and create a level surface for the landscape. It is sometimes possible to create the required level surface by dumping in fill material and compacting it down with a tamper, but retaining walls are much more effective at keeping the fill material from shifting.

Our retaining wall contractors have the experience you need to create a structure that fits right into your property. As a functional addition to your outdoor space, retaining walls can be a beautiful solution to accommodate uneven terrain. Our expert craftsmen help turn your vision into a reality by helping you create a classic rock wall or stone garden. With our experienced patio builders taking care of every detail, you can enjoy peace of mind by knowing that we are there for you.

Benefits of Retaining Walls

Structural support – Retaining walls can be either freestanding or tied to the ground. A low retaining wall may be built on top of consolidated soil without any risk of collapse. In this case, the wall will merely hold back the earth in order to create level ground. A high retaining wall will resist lateral movement of soil and therefore has to be anchored to the ground. The design of retaining walls depends on the loads they have to resist and the materials available for their construction.

Reduced soil erosion – The walls work as retaining barriers. They hold the soil in place, so it does not slip away into the property. The hollow centers of the walls are open to allow water to pass through them. Because of this, the surrounding soil does not get too saturated and collapse. Sometimes trees are also planted along the outside of the wall. This helps slow erosion and gives roots something to hold on to for stability.

Flood control – Retaining walls are basically like fortresses. They are meant to protect property from floodwaters and hold them back, keeping the water where it belongs. They can help keep small streams and ponds within their boundaries, and they can prevent damage from nearby flooding if your property is close to a stream or river that experiences overflow during heavy rains. Retaining walls are a common feature of waterfronts, where the force of the water can erode the land.

Types of Retaining Walls

Interlocking blocks – These retaining walls are typically built with blocks stacked on top of each other. The stone blocks are then secured with rebar wire which connects one block to another. The addition of paver installation to these retaining walls also makes them sturdier against weather conditions. There are also different styles of stone blocks available. Some have an attractive, rustic look while others have a polished appearance that is reminiscent of modern architecture.

Poured concrete – Aesthetically, poured concrete retaining walls can blend in well with the outside of a home. They can come in various colors so that they match the exterior and add appeal to the yard. A concrete retaining wall can be built in various shapes. For example, if you want a curved wall, you can pour concrete into wire mesh forms and bend them.

Natural wood – A natural composite that has been used for hundreds of years for all sorts of construction. However, wood does have its limits. The biggest problem with wood is that it is a natural composite that can be affected by the environment. In other words, wood will deteriorate over time. While this may not be a huge issue in some situations, it certainly makes it less than ideal for things like retaining walls and other landscaping elements that need to be outdoors.

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