Types of Retaining Walls

Types of Retaining WallsRetaining walls are great architectural elements to keep the sloping landscape of your yard in place. At first glance, these walls can look like simple, easy-to-build structures, but they require careful engineering to remain strong and continue to restrict loose sand or soil from damaging a beautiful landscape. If you’re thinking about adding a retaining wall to your landscape and aren’t comfortable doing it on your own, you should get in touch with construction experts like the ones at Graniterock.

You’ll also need to consider what type of retaining wall will fit your needs. Here are some of the main types:

  1. Gravity Wall: this type of wall holds the earth mainly through its own weight. It can pivot and topple relatively easy because the internal leverage of the earth pressure is pretty high.
  2. Piling Wall: this type of wall is good for high loads. It is good in areas with soft soil or tight space. Piling walls are usually made out of steel, vinyl, or wood planks were driven into the ground. Sheet Piling (UK) Ltd, is one of the UK’s top companies with decades of experience, these are the guys to call.
  3. Cantilevered walls: this type of wall is made from an internal stem of steel-reinforced, cast-in-place concrete or mortared masonry. It can be buttressed on the front or include a counterfort on the back to make it stronger to hold heavier loads. It will use a lot less material than a gravity wall.
  4. Anchored wall: this type of wall can include a lot of the elements of the previously mentioned however it is made stronger with additional cables. Anchored walls are great for high loads.

For more information and to get your retaining walls questions answered, contact the experts at Graniterock by visiting their website or call them at 888.ROCK.100 today to get started on your next project!


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