Retaining walls are used to hold back soil on sloping ground, as erosion may become problematic without a structure in place. Before you begin however, there are a few factors to consider in order to ensure that you end up with a retaining wall that is both functional and aesthetic.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when building a retaining wall on your property.
The first thing you should think about is the materials. When making this decision, you should consider your budget, as well as the look, strength and durability of your desired material. Popular retaining wall materials include stone, timber and brick. Concrete walls, although once considered bland, are becoming popular for their durability and versatility.
Abide By The Law
While small retaining walls can be erected without any paperwork. Did you know that there are certain codes regarding retaining walls? For example, walls that are taller than 4ft need to be designed by an engineer and constructed by a professional builder. Just be sure that you have read up on your local building laws before you start building any walls and you’ll be fine. Better yet, go through a professional construction company to ensure everything is above board.
Effective drainage is integral to the overall design of your retaining wall. This is so that soil and water won’t penetrate the wall, as this could damage the structure permanently. Drainage is especially important if you live in a rainy area.
Just because retaining walls are functional, does not mean that they can’t look good. Consider the overall aesthetic of your home, property and outdoor area when designing, painting and adding the finishing touches to your wall. You could go for a feature wall in your design or try to make it blend in with the rest of your garden.
Marek’s Maintenance and Construction offers expert retaining wall builds and repairs. Our professional team can meet all of your needs regarding retaining walls on the Gold Coast. Call us today on 0438 530 001.