Types of Retaining Walls and What’s Considered the Best

Types of Retaining Walls and What’s Considered the Best

Whether you’re a homeowner, or a large commercial construction company, when you need a retaining wall built, you need to hire the best retaining wall contractors to do the job. Retaining walls are wall structures that are used to stabilize areas in the landscape in order to make sure any soil and/or debris stays in its place, which is especially important in sloped landscapes. Although the main job of a retaining wall is to prevent any erosion from coming into a certain area, a retaining wall can also be used for decorative purposes, greatly enhancing the look of any property.

Retaining Walls
Because retaining walls are used to hold back, or retain, soil and debris so that it can’t move into another area, most retaining walls are specially designed according to each project’s specific needs. Because a retaining wall must be designed so that it’s able to resist the pressure of the soil, more, hiring the best retaining wall contractor for the job at hand is highly recommended. When you hire retaining wall experts, you can expect them to help you with the overall planning process. Siouxland K & K Construction will help you plan your new retaining wall so it fully meets your expectations.

Types of Retaining Walls
According to the National Association of Home Builders, concrete is one of the main building materials used today because it’s a strong, eco-friendly option. Because there are a variety of other materials that can be used to build a retaining wall, it’s a good idea to understand the types so you can be aware of the differences.

  • Concrete Block: Concrete block retaining walls are limited to 4 feet in height, and don’t have footings, which can affect the overall strength of the retaining wall
  • Stone Veneer: Stone veneer retaining walls require a lot of detail, and a lot of maintenance, to ensure they’re working properly
  • Brick: Brick retaining walls are not only labor intensive, they require special accommodations in order to drain properly
  • Wood: Wood retaining walls are limited to 4 feet in height, and because they’re more prone to rot, a wood retaining wall simply doesn’t last long as other retaining wall materials
  • Dry Stone/Boulder: Dry stone retaining walls make it difficult to control water flow. If water accumulates inside the wall, it will destroy its integrity
  • Gabion: Gabion retaining walls are prone to drainage problems, making it necessary to fix, reassemble often.

Experts Say Poured Concrete is Best
Experts from the American Concrete Institute tell us that concrete is highly sustainable, which means poured concrete retaining walls are much more durable and resilient that other retaining walls. This makes poured concrete walls long-lasting because they’re better able to resist the natural forces that need to be kept in their place. Concrete is also extremely durable, and doesn’t take a lot of time to set, making it a faster option than other retaining wall materials, saving you both time and money.

Poured concrete is not only stronger and more durable than the other types of materials used when building a retaining wall, it can be molded to fit any area, making poured concrete the #1 retaining wall material choice amongst builders. When you choose poured concrete, you have options such as decorative poured concrete walls which can enhance your landscape.

Why Siouxland K & K Construction
Siouxland is well-known for having the best retaining wall contractors in Sioux Falls, SD. Because we’re a top-rated construction company that’s been in business for more than 30 years now, you can expect our professional concrete pourers to do the job right the first time. We understand that there are other concrete companies you can choose from, and that’s why we go above and beyond what’s necessary, making us the best local concrete contractors in Sioux Falls.

We’re licensed, bonded and insured with over 35 years’ experience.

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