We are often asked, “What is a retaining wall?” & “Why do we need one?” Upgrade Landscape retaining wall experts desire to fully explain retaining wall structures. The principal purpose of a retaining wall is to bind soils between two different elevations. The retaining wall structure is engineered or planned to resist lateral pressure of soil that exceeds the angle of repose when elevations are changed.
As experts, Upgrade Landscape retaining wall designers will consider proper design, necessary permits, and construction of retaining walls. Retaining wall experts will recognize the challenges of the terrain, the retaining wall materials needed, and the proper installation based on factory certification, recommendations, and expertise.
Many of the retaining walls for home and light commercial applications are what is known as “gravity retaining wall”. This type of wall depends on mass weight (concrete, blocks, stones, bricks, and other heavy materials) to resist the lateral pressure from the soil behind it.
Professionally-installed retaining walls by Upgrade Landscape, like everything else on your property, require some care and maintenance. With any newly built retaining wall, there are a few maintenance aspects that are important to watch for after the wall is completed. Professionally installed retaining walls will need far less care than those installed by inexperienced contractors.
Newly built retaining walls have backfill behind, which may experience some extra settling and compaction after wall and drainage begin to work. The first 24 months will have the majority of abnormalities and/or changes. If the wall keeps changing dramatically after the second year, that is a sign of a bad problem.
Most retaining walls built by Upgrade Landscape are designed and installed to last a lifetime. The experts focus on making a perfect base or foundations, correctly installing the retaining wall material and finally, properly designing and installing the landscape around the wall structure.