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Retaining walls can be a great way to change the landscape of your property in a safe and long lasting way. But they have to be designed, poured and shaped correctly in order to get the benefits you are looking for. A precise approach to their construction is required but these projects do come with a high level of required expertise and technical ability.
Your wall will vary depending on several factors including soil type, exposure and the structural requirements of your retaining wall project. When considering your footers, you want to keep them below the seasonal frost line. This is the depth in the soil where moisture is expected to freeze. For our coverage areas of Warwick, Providence, Cranston, East Greenwich, Lincoln, North Kingstown, Narragansett and other towns in Rhode Island the front line is 40” deep. In some cases you’ll want to increase the size of your footing to prevent sliding.
Poured-in-place-concrete retaining walls:
Now that you know a bit about what to plan for with a retaining wall lets talk about their advantages. We think there are several important advantages
Strength: If your job needs to hold, which of course it does - concrete is very strong and a properly designed and installed retaining wall can hold tons of weight. Not figuratively, but literally - tons and tons of weight.
Longevity: It should last longer than you do. Through harsh Rhode Island winter blizzards and summer heat waves. It is fireproof, rustproof and rot-proof.
Maintenance: Very very low cost to maintain. Clean every year or every other year.
Flexibility: You can design your project to fit your needs. Including curves, angles, adding stairs or other features.
The disadvantage of a retaining wall is that it is not a job you should do yourself. As with any concrete project, if not done correctly the results can be unsafe and expensive. Call us for a consultation about your project and we can provide a free quote. Retaining walls can be a value-add to your property and your space - adding form and function. They also are not very expensive when done right, the first time.
If you’d like to discuss this option for your residential or commercial property in the Rhode Island area - call us today.
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