Walls whose primary function is to retain material are all around us, but they are typically well integrated into landscaping that we hardly notice them. Many factors need to be considered when building them, whether the point of use is in commercial or residential property. In many factors, they are similar to bridges and equal diligence should be applied in care and consideration. When choosing a location of the wall, good understanding of application and property limits is necessary.
- Location, soil and drainage are all major considerations that will influence what type of wall to build.
- Gravity walls are made of heavy materials and use their own weight to hold the soil.
- Cantilevered walls are based on leverage, while counterfort walls add additional support.
“Walls can range from small landscape stone walls to surround a garden to enormous soil-retaining projects along a highway.”