These are designed to hold back soil when there is a major change in elevation. Often times, these hardscapes are used to terrace lawns which originally had a very steep slope. They can also be used as a place for outdoor seating space, and they can be used to control erosion. Low walls can be used as planting beds, and there are many additional styles and designs available for you to select from for your North Metro Atlanta area home.
Design and Building
The wall will need to be built on a solid base. It will be placed beneath the ground to an extent, and the taller the wall is going to be, the further below the ground it will need to be set. It is vital that you have adequate support for the weight of the wall so that it doesn't sink or fall apart.
The wall will need to be properly backfilled. This refers to the dirt which is placed behind the wall. To prevent erosion and provide proper drainage, around 12 inches of granular backfill will need to be added.
Most of these walls are impervious, meaning that water will not be able to pass through them. When you don't take care of drainage issues here, hydrostatic pressure may build up, and this could eventually cause the wall to become bowed or severely damaged in certain areas. To avoid this problem, weep holes may be needed, and proper backfill will need to be in place.
You will need to think about how tall you want the wall to be as this can determine what load it can bear, and what additional reinforcements will be necessary. Wall anchors or cantilevers may need to be installed.
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If you're interested in working with our team to build a retaining wall around your home or business, please give us a call at 770-889-4968 or complete our online contact form to set up an appointment to talk with a member of our team.