Retaining Walls

Retaining Walls Service

The design and performance of most retaining walls are based on keeping the area behind the wall relatively dry. To ensure a quality project, the soils used must not become saturated during construction and the final design must route water away from the back of the wall. Incorporating berms and swales into the final design is an easy way to direct surface water away.

 

A retaining wall is built to provide lateral support to soil mass in order to keep it intact. These walls are rigid and serve the purpose of holding the soil at various levels. They prevent the sloping of soil. The most common need they serve is holding the soil in place between two distinct elevations. Retaining wall become a necessity in excessively sloppy areas where the soil would develop a natural tendency to slope downwards.

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Retaining walls are affordable and feasible solutions to soil maintenance needs. Strong retaining wall make sure the soil on your property remains intact. Retaining wall work well along the lines of retaining the soil profile. They help you rule out the natural tendency of the soil to break loose and slide away in areas similar to a slope.

 

There are different types of retaining walls. The five major types of retaining walls are:

  • Gravity walls: The height of gravity retaining walls varies depending upon the need. They are built to have sufficient mass in order to resist pressure from the soil.
  • Cantilevered walls: Cantilevered retaining walls are usually made of reinforced concrete and work on the principles of leverage.  They require less material compared to conventional gravity walls.
  • Sheet piling walls: These are used in places where the soil is soft. They are made up of a variety of different materials such as aluminum, vinyl, planks of wood, fiberglass, etc.
  • Bored pile walls: These are an arranged sequence of bored piles. These are usually constructed in areas where special sheet piling is needed.
  • Anchored retaining wall: They are additionally strengthened by placing strong anchors in the supporting rock or soil. These are useful in heavy load situations where immense pressure exertion is a possibility.

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