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Importance of Retaining Walls

Investing ones money and time to decorate the exterior of the house results in impressing upon others the financial status as well as success of the homeowners. Such innovative steps also present DIY project for creative owners, keeping them and family members engaged in the work. One of the most fascinating DIY work for home exterior decor is landscaping. Nevertheless, a common encounter in this project is building a retaining wall. Under normal circumstances, the retaining wall ideas help to stabilize the earth where the terrain is uneven, hold back the soil as well as prevent the soil from cascading. Moreover, this idea also makes way for additional usable space.

 Types of Retaining Walls:

This DIY project is mainly categorized into four types which include sheet piling, gravity, cantilevered and ‘anchored’ retaining walls. All these types work to effectively resist soil’s pressure and at times, fight back water pressure too. In order to bring down or alleviate hydrostatic pressure, the wall should have a functional drainage system in is rear, if there is no intention of retaining water.

  • Gravity- This type of retaining wall makes use of its body weight for holding the earth back. For this reason the wall is made out of stone, concrete as well as various other materials that are heavy in nature. These walls are usually 3-4 feet high, with restriction on further height to retain the very purpose of construction.
  • Cantilevered- The cantilevered type is divided into two essential parts. The first part is extremely thin stem that is steel-reinforced. The second part is called the base that consists of two parts called ‘heel’ (situated below the backfill) and ‘toe’ (remaining base portion). This types uses less concrete in comparison to the earlier type (gravity), and can often pose difficulty
  • Sheet Piling– This type is constructed using steel, wood planks and vinyl. They are useful in case of soft soils and tight spaces.
  • Anchored version- The anchored version is available for cantilevered, gravity and sheet piling types, with the exception of being cable-reinforced along with other anchoring materials to keep the wall in its place.

It is not an easy task to decide the retaining wall’s height. Most of the professionals recommend that the height should be less than or up to 3 feet in height.  If the retaining walls’ height is increased, the chances are that the wall will not function efficiently and grater force will be applied from behind the wall. You should also check with local governing authority to find out about the rules related to building retaining walls.

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