Retaining walls are a common structural feature found in gardens, parks and businesses. In fact, they’re so ubiquitous, you may not even notice them. Essentially, retaining walls, mainly stone built ones, are a visually impressive addition to any property. But, they serve one primary practical purpose, and that’s to increase a property’s usable space. In other words, where there was once an unusable slope, there’s now beneficial flat ground. Thus, providing flat ground for driveways, sheds, patios and pathways. And, flat lawn for the family to enjoy. Lastly, another practical advantage is water runoff during a storm will be significantly slowed down, helping to prevent flood damage. So, do you need a retaining wall? Let’s find out.
When Do I Need One?
Let’s have a look at the most common reasons why you may need a retaining wall.
House on a hill. If you live on top of a hill, you won’t be under threat from flooding. But neither will you have flat ground for entertaining, enjoying the garden, or usable space to built sheds or a patio, for example. However, if you incorporate several retaining walls to create terraces or steps, you’ll gain functional flat ground in your garden.
House at the bottom of a hill. If you’re located at the base of a slope or adjacent to a hill, you need to minimise flood risks by building retaining walls. They will slow the flow of water and minimise soil erosion.
Additional structures like Pools. If you plan to add a large shed, garage or pool to your property, then chances are you’ll need to level the ground. Consequently, the levelling process will produce areas that will require a retaining wall.