When building a retaining wall, there’s a simple thought that goes through everyone’s head. “Hey, I need a retaining wall. I’ll just go over to the lumberyard and pick up some of those retaining wall blocks, stack them up and bingo, instant retaining wall. After all, they’re called retaining wall blocks, aren’t they?”
In theory, this is true. But there is so much more that goes into building a wall that will last a lifetime. Retaining walls are made up of many different components which all need to work together as one for the wall to last.
Here is a quick list of components you may need to consider:
- Soil reinforcement
- Slope of the terrain behind (or in front) of the wall
- And of course, the most important part, aesthetics
With a little homework before building your retaining wall, you can create something that will last for years to come.