A retaining wall is a stone, brick or concrete structure commonly built onto residential landscapes to hold soil behind it. This hardscape structure is beautiful and it adds dimension to a yard, but this wall also has many beneficial purposes as well.
You can design a retaining wall with concrete blocks for attractive foundation protection to keep excess water and soil erosion at bay. One of the best materials to use in a retaining wall is concrete, and your concrete contractor can help you create a wall that will work best for your needs. This post lists three benefits to installing a concrete retaining wall on your property.
1. Concrete Retaining Walls Protect Your Home’s Foundation
Designing a concrete retaining wall on the downward slope of your landscape is an ideal way to protect your home's foundation. Excess rainwater can cause soil erosion, which can cause problems. The water and eroded soil are blocked when there is a concrete barrier to protect your yard. The water is whisked away from your foundation via the retaining wall, protecting your home and yard against flooding.
Another way a concrete retaining wall protects your home's foundation is by reinforcing your landscape so potholes and pits are less able to form. Speak to your concrete contractor about the height and length you need for your retaining wall in your yard to be fully effective against soil erosion and the damage soil erosion and water can cause.
2. Concrete Retaining Walls Make Your Landscape Beautiful
Another way a concrete retaining wall can benefit your home is by adding curb appeal to your yard. A large yard that needs dimension can be "softened" by a retaining wall. Concrete blocks are stacked to provide a natural-looking stonewall that breaks up your landscape and add needed texture.
Retaining walls designed out of concrete also add a streamlined allure to your yard, giving it a cleaner appearance. A retaining wall can encompass the entire length of your yard, or simply be placed at the base of a hill on your property, to protect your landscape against runaway soil while also giving your property an organized look.
You can add to the allure of your concrete retaining wall by adding floodlights at the base of the wall to illuminate your property at night. You can also plant shrubbery or a small garden around your retaining wall to add color and diversity to the area surrounding the concrete wall.
3. Concrete Retaining Walls Are Low Maintenance
Concrete is a long-lasting material that is very durable, and when installed correctly by your concrete contractor concrete won’t erode or crack.
While you can also choose natural stone or even brick pavers to create your retaining wall, these materials often require mortar, special placement, and sealing to remain sturdy. Concrete blocks are durable on their own and stacked correctly will not fall under high winds or other extreme weather.
There are many different ways you can use concrete blocks to design a retaining wall on your property. Blocks come in a variety of sizes, colors, and textures for you to choose from. When you install a retaining wall, your concrete contractor can help you choose the materials that will offer the best protection of your home while also adding to the beauty of your landscape.
A retaining wall is versatile in use and can add a lovely and unique aspect to your home’s curb appeal. If you’d like to learn more about your retaining wall options, come discuss your needs with one of the experts at BMH Concrete. Our friendly team of professionals is ready to help you.