We can can transform any home in the Dallas area with land that has varying heights and levels into something truly spectacular. Retaining walls, which are typically constructed from concrete, stones, bricks and even wood, hold back water, dirt, and other materials in order to prevent erosion and stop one higher level from collapsing onto a lower level. They not only provide drainage functionality, but also add aesthetic value to a landscape by creating stepping effects instead of slopes; so don't be afraid to get creative when designing yours! Our experts have all of the knowledge and experience necessary to design the perfect retaining wall for your home or yard - so why not give them a call today?
Walls for water control come in a wide array of different materials, ranging from wood to concrete. One of the most popular options is treated wood because of its aesthetic beauty, but there is always a risk that it may become infested by termites or rot. Concrete is a much sturdier option and will last for a longer amount of time due to it being able to endure the stress that comes with retaining the earth below. The downside however is that digging into the ground will be necessary in order to provide sufficient stability for your wall. An alternative could be using paver stones or blocks such as limestone, so you do not have to put any holes in your garden or back yard.
When considering embarking on your outdoor landscaping project, don't forget to include a retaining wall in your plan! Construction of a retaining wall requires expertise and knowledge, so it is wise to hire a professional in Dallas, Texas who can ensure the structure and stability are right for your land. With Retaining Wall Dallas, you get access to experts with years of experience in designing the appropriate option for your needs. Not only that, but their team offers personalized advice on styles and materials that will look great and offer support for everything from raised gardens to stairs or other structures. Get in touch today by calling or texting 972-734-3844.
Types of Blocks
Type of block retaining walls
Mortared mixed-stone walls are the perfect choice for small walls that require a distinctive look. Chopped limestone or flagstone adds a unique touch to any structure, with its range of colors and shapes. Rather than using plain cement mortar to fill the cavities, we opt for white or grey masonry mortar to keep the wall looking natural. Certain precautions should be taken when installing this type of wall - it is important to add a drain pipe behind the mortar in order to direct water away. This type of wall looks stunning while guaranteeing robust support and functionality.
Dry stack walls make for a great backyard accent. Without mortar, geogrid, pinning or reinforcement needed, the stones are simply placed onto one another with small gravel and rocks filling in the gaps. This type of wall design is perfect for smaller walls, like garden walls or planters, but must be kept low - we recommend no higher than three feet. Anything higher or serving a structural purpose are best constructed with material reinforcement included - otherwise you could risk having your efforts come tumbling down!
Segmental retaining walls are the latest innovation in modular retaining wall design. These pre-cast concrete blocks feature a rough split-face and can be easily set in place. The set-back guide line allows for precise placement on site, while the hollow blocks are light and easy to handle. This makes segmental retaining walls the ideal DIY option for your next retaining wall project
There are a number of installation options available when it comes to protecting and stabilizing your foundation with an earth stabilization system. The first is the Earth-In-Footing option which works by installing sheet piling behind the footings creating pressure on the backfill area. Drainage Rock & Fabric is then used to create a simple, effective drainage layer between the footing and the soil. Finally, Backfill is placed between the footing and the sheet piling to hold it in place. If you need an even stronger wall stabilization, a Concrete Footing can be installed with plastic edges that help secure it into place or you can use Block Pinning & Geo-Grid which involves installing a plastic grid over blocks pinned into hard packed soil for a more permanent solution.
After the unsuitable materials are properly disposed of, the footing subgrade should be compacted and combined with select fill to make sure a stronger layer is achieved. Compacting this foundation helps keep it level and invulnerable to disruption or settling. The exact depth of this layer will depend on the soil type, climate, and application; however, it should generally lie between 6" - 8". By properly compacting this base layer, you will ensure that your footing is structurally sound and very secure.
To ensure optimal drainage around our block walls, we suggest utilizing washed gravel. Installing this specially prepared material behind the wall provides a reliable backing which will not become obstructed by larger pieces of soil or rock over time. And to get the most out of our drainage solution, we will also install a heavy-duty Geo-fabric in between the gravel and fill material to keep them properly divided. Not only will this solution efficiently protect against drainage issues, but it offers an effective and long lasting solution that our customers can feel confident about.
Once the key components of a retaining wall have been laid in place and built up, the back fill dirt can be added to form the sturdy foundation for which the wall stands on. This is done to create a sort of base—often in climates where moisture or runoffs are common—using filter rocks and fabric behind the wall to ensure it retains its strength no matter what climate or environment it’s placed in. Furthermore, when drainage systems such as piping are installed along walls, this helps protect against flooding and can make it easier for water to find its natural path away from your property. With these effective measures in mind it’s easy to see why so many people rely on retaining walls when they want to create landscaping features on their property that ultimately increase aesthetic appeal while providing extra security against liquid elements.