Constructing a retaining wall in Your Boyds MD Yard will help you overcome any sloped areas within your property. You also add the visual appeal and get functional outdoor space. Retaining walls will help prevent soil erosion and avoid the over saturation of soil every time it rains. It does this by preventing surface runoff and soil movement using the anchor wall and terracing.
There are many options for retaining walls available. Such include:-
- Gravity walls use the weight of the wall material to hold the soil.
- Piling walls are typically treated lumber or metal and very strong because they go deep into the soil.
- Cantilever wall that typically has a concrete base and shares several similarities with Gravity walls
- Anchored walls that are very strong and offer a lot of stability, which make them excellent for drainage and anchoring of the soil
Considerations for an Anchor Wall
Before the contractor advises on the best type of retaining wall for your property, they will take into consideration factors such as terrain, soil type, and the climate within your area.
- The gradient of the slope – a slope with a 2:1 gradient, for example, needs special techniques of structures for extra stabilization.
- Soil type – The drainage will depend on the type of soil you have. Clay soil retains water because it does not drain very well, and is, therefore, less likely to experience erosion. Sandy soil, on the other hand, is the exact opposite of clay soil
- How much freezing or frost occurs in your area will determine the type of material
- The contractor will also need to check whether you live on a fault line because you will need a more resistant retaining wall to withstand earthquakes.
- Design aspects to help with drainage, especially when there is soil saturation. The wall will need to lean into the hill for an inch, and for every 12 inches of height. Drainage tiles will eliminate water buildup for soils that have poor drainage, such as clay soil.
- The type of material you chose will depend on the height of the wall, your budget, and what kind of functionality you hope to get. A contractor will advise on durable material that will give excellent structural support. Wood and concrete retaining walls, for example, are ideal for those that are less than 4 feet tall. You also have to take extra special care with the wood because it tends to deteriorate faster than other types of materials.
Let Us Handle the Installation of Your Boyds MD Retaining Wall for You
If you are thinking of installing a retaining wall on your Boyds MD Yard, we are available for a consultation. We will advise you on the best wall and material after taking into consideration the factors we have highlighted above. Importantly, we will work together with you to come up with the best designs, and to ensure you get proper drainage and functionality on your property.