A retaining wall is designed and built to repel the pressure of soil. There are two types of retaining wall concepts, called gravity and cantilever. A concrete retaining wall is a protective structure first and its main purpose is to hold back the soil from any building. Although practical use is the main reason for installing a concrete retaining wall, it can be designed to turn an otherwise plain sloped exterior into something unique and beautiful for aesthetic purposes simultaneously.
The benefits of a concrete retaining wall
Although a retaining wall has many design options that could make for a beautiful centrepiece, there are other benefits to choosing concrete to build your retaining wall. First, it provides functional support for keeping the soil in a slope in place. Second, it prevents sinkholes, while also removing any nasty looking dirt piles and hills. Concrete retaining walls are also great for the prevention of flooding. The fourth benefit; it reduces the need for maintenance on your property and requires little maintenance. Essentially, if you are considering building a retaining wall on your property, you will reap more benefits than simple aesthetic value!
A retaining wall is prized for its pure strength, longevity, and versatility. It calls for precise construction methods that require a high level of technicality and years of experience in the industry. Choosing a professional company to construct this installation will not only ensure the longevity that comes with a concrete retaining wall but will open your options in terms of design, as Davenport Concrete Pros can apply customizable features, such as colors or bespoke textures and designs. Allowing for your retaining wall not only to serve a practical service but to also create a beautiful unique look and increase the value of your property is something available to you when you employ us!
Consultation and process
Once you have contacted Davenport Concrete Pros to build your concrete retaining walls, we will send a contractor out to meet with you and determine the attributes that you want and how best to utilize the space available on your property. We will discuss the design of the wall and the appearance you will be going for. Once you are 100% happy with the design and installation, the building can take place by removing existing plants and debris from the area to make for a clean foundation. Forms will be placed, and we will dig footings before pouring the concrete. We will ensure the correct curing time is allowed, to ensure the wall is properly set. Once the concrete is set, we will remove forms and install waterproofing and drainage system. Give us a call today to get your wall started!
How thick should a concrete retaining wall be?
Apart from basic structural requirements, wall dimensions are also affected by the required minimum reinforcement cover. This can add some thickness to the wall and can vary depending on the severity of the exposure. In general, the thickness of the wall should not be less than 12 inches for the proper placement to be done. Contact us to have our professional contractors lend an expert eye, to properly determine the scope of work required!