A retaining wall is a structure that is designed to hold back soil and prevent erosion or landslides. They are typically used in areas where the natural slope of the land needs to be modified, or where the soil needs to be stabilized to prevent damage to nearby structures or property.
Retaining walls can be made from a variety of materials, such as concrete, stone, wood, brick, or even gabion cages filled with rocks or other materials. They can vary in height and size depending on the specific needs of the site.
Retaining walls can serve both functional and aesthetic purposes. They can be used to create level areas for planting or other activities, to improve drainage, or to provide a visual accent to a garden or landscape. They can also add value to a property by making it more attractive and functional.
Options for retaining walls
There are several options for building a retaining wall in a garden, including:
Concrete retaining walls
Concrete retaining walls are durable and long-lasting. This retaining wall is perfect for large structures while requiring low maintenance. However, concrete walls are also expensive to install and require professional installation.
The aesthetics of concrete retaining walls can be dull-looking as well, and these walls can be covered by stacked stone cladding to improve the look and feel of the wall.
Stone retaining walls
These can be made from natural stone or concrete blocks designed to look like stone. They add a rustic charm to a garden, but can also be costly and require some skill to build. Alternatively, using our free-form rock walls can achieve a similar result.
Wood retaining walls
These can be made from pressure-treated wood, which is resistant to rot and insects, or more expensive woods like redwood or cedar. They are relatively easy to install and provide a natural look to a garden but may require ongoing maintenance to prevent rot.
Brick retaining walls
These are a classic choice and can be made from a variety of brick types and colours. They are relatively easy to install and can add a touch of elegance to a garden, but may not be as durable as other options.
BuildMart Australia stocks a range of retaining wall bricks. If you need more information, contact us by calling 03 9560 7601.
Gabion retaining walls
These are made from wire cages filled with rocks or other materials. They can be a cost-effective and eco-friendly option, but may not be as aesthetically pleasing as other options.
When choosing a retaining wall option for your garden, consider factors such as cost, durability, maintenance requirements, and aesthetics. It may be helpful to consult with a professional landscaper or contractor to help determine the best option for your specific needs and budget.