RETAINING WALLS CONSTRUCTION
How do I know if I need a professional landscaping company to build my retaining wall?
Retaining walls serve as a barrier between your home and eroding soil. If you leave your foundation exposed to moving earth you could expose your home to irrevocable damage. With today’s accessibility to tips and tutorials, a lot of homeowners have installed retaining walls without the advice of a professional. Here are a few things to consider before starting a retaining wall DIY:
HOW TALL IS YOUR RETAINING WALL? If you’re going to build a wall higher than 4 feet, you may want to check with your city before you go too far. Most municipalities require a homeowner to have a building permit and design from a licensed engineer if your wall exceeds a certain height. Additionally, building a tall structure without the proper equipment is dangerous.
WILL THERE BE CARS PARKED NEAR THE RETAINING WALL? Your home could be damaged if vehicles are parked on or near a poorly-built retaining wall. You should always consult a professional when a retaining wall needs to support vehicle parking or a heavy snow load.
HOW WILL YOUR RETAINING WALL MANAGE DRAINAGE? The ability for your retaining wall to perform depends on a properly-installed drainage system. In fact, faulty drainage is the leading cause of retaining wall failure. If you have questions about drainage tiles, give us a call!
How do I choose the right retaining wall?
There are so many benefits to adding a retaining wall to your home. Despite the obvious use, providing extra support to prevent erosion, retaining walls can often add a beautiful design element to your home’s exterior.
At Custom Outdoor Designs, we offer three different types of retaining walls: