If your yard suffers from erosion problems, you may want to consider a retainer wall. Whether you suffer from a steep incline, unsteady bank, hillsides or slopes, it makes no difference because a retainer wall is the recommended cure to fix all of the above problems.
The first thing that you must know is that there are many different types of retainer walls in use today, and they can be constructed form a multitude of building materials. Retainer walls have been made wood, keystone blocks, concrete and boulders. Be careful that you don’t make a quick decision about the type of material that you decide to use because it is very important that you make sure that the choice you make is the right choice for your particular lot and layout.
The first item that needs to be taken into consideration is how big of a wall you need. If your proposed wall is going to be over 3 feet tall, then you may have to have a building permit from the county in which you live. Also if the wall is going to be over 3 feet you may have to use specialized equipment in order to complete the job, especially if you decide that you want to use boulders or large bricks in the construction.
Some other questions that you will need to ask are, can I rent the equipment locally or will I have to have it brought in from a surrounding area? One option that you may decide to go with is to have a landscape Contractor come in to make sure that the job is done correctly. But be careful, because even though most landscapers and contractors are readily obtainable, you will want to make sure that they are adept and able to complete the task at hand.
If your home is located in a lake home or country setting, you may want to think of building your retaining wall from boulders or some other type of rock that is readily available in your area. If you decide to use boulders, they will give your retaining wall a more natural appearance. Using large boulders will also give your retaining wall a more professional look and they are usually more stable than other types of building materials.
Last but not least, take a look at your home and the surrounding yard. If you have a formal setting, your yard may be more suitable for a keystone block wall. Keystone is a very versatile material and comes in many different colors and patterns. You can even use keystone to lay a formal brick patio that will make a perfect compliment to your keystone retaining wall.
No matter what your choice, retaining walls are a beautiful compliment your home and the perfect way to take care of common problems that can occur due to drainage, an unsteady bank, hillsides or slopes.