Let’s begin with the definition of a retaining wall. A retaining wall can loosely be defined as any outdoor wall that is used to hold the ground in place. One retaining wall may consist of a horizontal layer of brick, stone, or wood used to level earth on a slope to plant veggies or flowers. Another retaining wall might need to retain tons of soil to prevent erosion. When choosing the services of a professional retaining wall builder, there’s a lot you need to know. For more info read the article.
Planning Your Retaining Wall
How high does your wall need to be? What would be the best materials to use? Is the wall chiefly decorative or does it have a specific purpose? You won’t know the answers to these questions until you go outside and take a closer look.
It goes without saying that you have selected a place for the wall. Knowing the shape and approximate length of the retaining wall will tell your installer several important things; it will help him with suggestions of the right materials. A professional installer can help by creating a visual image using a stick, a string line or stakes.
The height of your wall for your property is a very important consideration. Enormous forces (i.e., tons of soil) work against retaining walls. Your wall will need to be able to withstand these forces and have proper drainage to ensure the added weight of water does not cause the wall to collapse.
Once your contractor understands your goals about the look, and the height and length of the proposed wall, he’ll know how much material will be needed.
A reputable contractor will have no problem getting the following information to you. If the contractor cannot provide these items, you may need to keep looking.
Bond (if required by city)
Insurance-a certificate of insurance will be sent directly from the contractor’s agent (general liability, workers comp, etc.)
Permit for Project (if needed-depending on code for your city/county)
Engineer Design (if needed-depending on code for your city/county-normally when a wall is over four feet in height)
Location of Utility Services (to ensure the safety of underground utilities-occurs several days before the project begins)