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Concrete Retaining Walls
Our team of specialists will help you design and build your perfect concrete retaining wall. With this high level of technicality comes a great degree of versatility. Our poured concrete retaining wall service can include color, texture, accents and more. Concrete is more customizable than any other retaining wall material.
Some of the finest examples of poured concrete walls can be seen every day along highways where these structures are constructed on a massive scale. Come watch any of these videos to see the skill that goes into casting and pouring a perfect wall.
CONCRETE RETAINING WALL PROPORTIONS
A retaining wall’s proportioning, as much as the design, is the key to having a solid construction. Our concrete retaining walls are an excellent choice for anyone looking to add a finishing touch to that landscaping project or other type of construction.
WHAT IS LATERAL EARTH PRESSURE?
A retaining wall must be well designed to endure the pressure of the earth on it, called lateral earth pressure. For the design of a retaining wall that will provide adequate lateral earth pressure, an engineer must take into account several soil parameters. These basic soil parameters include:
Soil unit weight
Internal Angle of Friction for Sand
Cohesion and plasticity indices (for clays)
The water table location
Once lateral earth pressures are known, the wall is checked for stability. This includes checks for wall failures such as overturning, base sliding, and soil-bearing capacity. Once the dimensions are determined, we inspect each wall member for adequate strength and steel reinforcing is determined.
How long does a concrete retaining wall last?
A major factor in how long your retaining wall will last is the type of material you choose. Concrete is a popular, cost-effective building material for many hardscaping projects. Concrete retaining walls last about 50-100 years and brick window walls can be expected to last at least 100 years, though the quality of the work will play a role in how long they last.
How thick should concrete retaining wall be?
Base thickness = 1/8 of the height of the wall but not less than 12 inches. Stem thickness = 6 inches + ¼ inch for each foot of wall height.
Do retaining walls need cement?
Even a basic retaining wall can be built from cement, but it is not necessary. Gravity walls rely on sheer weight for support. The retaining wall gets its stability mostly from weight, so it can be made of concrete or different types of materials. Sheet pile retaining walls don’t require cement. Sheet pile retaining wall is simply a thin sheet of steel, wood, or vinyl that is driven into the soil.
What is the cheapest type of retaining wall?
The most inexpensive types of retaining walls are wood and concrete blocks followed by concrete and stones or bricks. There are a number of material options for your cement retaining wall, each with its own benefits and drawbacks in four categories: strength, longevity, water resistance, and attractiveness. Planning and researching beforehand is the key to building a successful retaining wall.