Cat & I can rescue your yard with retaining walls
A retaining wall is a functional feature of landscaping used to support sloped areas in a property. The construction and use of retaining walls date back to ancient civilizations.
A retaining wall holds or retains the soil to prevent the land from eroding.
While many individuals think retaining walls are only decorative features that add visual interest to a landscape, they have other functional purposes, which include saving your yard from erosion and ruin.
Materials for Retaining Walls
Retaining wall contractors use different materials to build a retaining wall, such as:
- Poured concrete
- Stone veneer
- Concrete blocks
- Natural stone
Types of Retaining Walls
At Cat & I, we can give you professional advice on the correct type of retaining walls to build, depending on the conditions of your yard. Here are the four common types of retaining walls:
1. Gravity Walls
These are a standard wall type that holds the soil through its weight. Gravity walls are typical for slopes with a height of 3 feet or lower.
2. Piling Walls
These use long poles made of metal or treated lumber buried deep into the soil. This retaining wall has an exceptional soil retention capacity.
3. Cantilever Walls
These have additional support from an arm-like lever to increase the wall’s capacity to stabilize pressure.
4. Anchored Walls
These have a base buried further into the hill for added stabilization and use an anchor.
Advantages of Retaining Walls
Besides aesthetic purposes, retaining walls serve practical functions:
Prevent Soil Erosion
Heavy rain, strong winds, snow, or gravity can erode the soil in a slope and scatter debris throughout your yard. If your property is sitting on a steep incline, the land surrounding it is more unstable.
Building retaining walls will protect your property by providing support and reducing maintenance.
Retaining walls that face highways and public roads prevent debris from falling down the road that can lead to vehicular accidents.
Retaining walls also stabilize a steep slope and control the water flow, thus reducing incidents of stumbling or slippage in that area.
Expand Your Space
You can use the stabilized and leveled area next to retaining walls as an extension of your patio. This is an ideal place for chairs, tables, and a grill for your family and friends to enjoy.
Protect Your Garden
Adding a retaining wall manages water runoff by slowing down the flow of rainwater in your yard. Retaining walls are highly beneficial for your landscaped garden, greenhouse, or vegetable plot.
Make Your Yard Visually Appealing
Everyone deserves to live in a comfortable, beautiful, and safe environment. Retaining walls transform the view of your landscape from dull and boring to lively and exciting.
Cat & I: Your Professional Retaining Wall Contractor
Whatever your purpose for considering to build retaining walls on your property, seeking the advice of a professional is crucial to ensure that you meet safety and structural standards.
Designing and installing retaining walls wrong can result in cracks and bulges and can bring more harm than good.
At Cat & I, our professional team of retaining wall experts will visit and survey your property and identify the correct retaining wall type to build. We will construct your retaining walls using the necessary materials, tools, and technology. We will also put up a proper drainage system accompanying your retaining walls to prevent overflows.
We assure you that with thoughtful planning and careful execution, our Florida team can deliver retaining walls custom-fit to the aesthetic and functional needs of your property.
Contact Cat & I or call us today at (407) 654-7574 in Orlando or (813) 337-6700 in Tampa for more information or to request a quote for your retaining walls project. We are here to serve you.