5 Tips to Getting a Great Retaining Wall

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Good landscaping can do a lot for the value of a home. It can increase the resale value of a home by at least 14%. The return on investment (ROI) is fantastic for a good landscaping job. It has been estimated that you can spend just 5% of the home’s full value to get an ROI by 150%. If you are selling your home, you will sell it faster if you have your landscaping done. Some estimate the process can be shortened by up to six weeks. Often retaining walls are a big part of a landscape design. Here are some tips to get the right wall for your home.

  1. Keep water away.andnbsp;Water is very important in a lot of areas and is generally your friend. That is not the case when you are talking about retaining walls. Water can be very damaging to retaining walls. It is very important to incorporate a comprehensive water management plan that will divert water away from your retaining wall. It does not take a lot of water to do a lot of damage. Before you begin, you will do yourself a big favor by looking into where the water wants to flow on its own. This can help you develop a plan with your landscapers to keep water away from the retaining wall.
  2. Be careful as you prepare your base. While the base of a retaining wall is one of the most important factors in what the end product will look like and how nice it will be, many homeowners do not pay a lot of attention this part of the retaining wall. One thing that is key to this is the ground that the retaining wall will be placed on. It is important to see if there is too much water in the soil above the bedrock. If the soil is not stable, the retaining wall will not hold up.
  3. Avoid organic soil for the base. There are a lot of times when you want to go with organic products but this is not one of them. Organic soil simply will not hold up the way you need the soil to hold up and the retaining wall structure will collapse if you use organic soil as the base. Where you can use organic soil is at the top of the retaining wall so that you can grow grass there but you should finish building the retaining wall before you start to work on the organic part of the area.
  4. Look into hiring an engineer. It may seem like hiring an engineer costs a lot more than it is really worth but that kind of thinking is faulty. There are a lot of problems that an engineer can find and work with your landscaper to prevent. They can make sure the retaining wall you put in is done correctly. This will have an impact on the the safety and security of the wall it will also have an impact on the way the retaining wall looks. Their analysis of the soil can help prevent any serious issues that would be caused there. A failure to get the perspective of a qualified engineer may end up costing you a lot more in the long run than the engineer would cost to start out with.
  5. You cannot use snow fence to reinforce your retaining wall. Many people confuse geogrid, a geosynthetic material that is often used to reinforce retaining walls, with common snow fences that are used in North America. As similar as they both look, they are very different materials. Geogrid has been developed and is manufactured specifically to keep the layers of soil that you do not want to topple your retaining wall Plano TX in place. It has been designed to connect and attach to the wall on one side and the drainage gravel and any fill that you have on the other. It not been designed to keep snow away from the fence area, which is what snow fence has been developed to do.

There are a lot of things you can do to plan and put in decent, great looking retaining walls. These tips should help make it great.

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