Retaining Wall Installation
Retaining walls are built to hold back the soil on hillsides or slopes in your landscape. These walls also help to create continuity between two areas of land with different elevations or for areas that need to be drastically shaped and designed for a specific purpose.
Retaining walls are freestanding structures. The most important thing to consider with retaining wall installation is gravity. The retaining wall must be built to counteract the pressure of the material being held back.
Drainage is another concern with retaining wall installation.
Unless the wall is built to hold back water, there must be proper drainage behind the wall. This will help limit the pressure the retaining wall must hold and improve the stability of the material behind the wall. One type of wall that is generally self-draining is a drystone retaining wall.
Susquehanna Valley Retaining Walls can build to fit the needs of your landscape. It is important to ensure your retaining wall installation is proper and secure. We will help you through the process of finding out which one of the 5 types of retaining wall is needed for your project.
A Gravity retaining wall uses its own mass to resist the pressure of the soil from behind. It some instances, the retaining wall may lean back toward the soil to improve stability.
Cantilevered retaining walls are made from an internal stem of steel-reinforced, cast-in-place concrete or mortared masonry. These retaining walls are built into a large structural footing. This helps convert the ground horizontal pressures from behind to the vertical pressures below.
Sheet piling retaining walls will most likely be found when using soft soils or working in tight spaces. These retaining walls can be made out of a few different types of material. Steel, vinyl, or wood planks are driven into the ground to create a sheet piling retaining wall.
A Bored pile retaining wall is generally used as an alternative to the sheet pile retaining wall. It is built by assembling a sequence of bored piles. Your project will dictate if there is a need for the inclusion of a series of earth anchors, reinforcing beams, soil improvement, and shotcrete reinforcement layer.
An Anchored retaining wall can built within any style of retaining wall. Cables, anchored in the rock or soil below, are used to improve the strength of the retaining wall. In an area where high loads are expected or where the retaining wall has to be slender, this is the method that is most useful.
Susquehanna Valley Retaining Walls can also build beautiful walls to be used as an aesthetic enhancement for your landscape design. Your retaining wall does not have to be built in a straight line, so by simply adding curves to your retaining wall, you can have a more textured appearance to your landscape. We can also build planters, fire pits, and light fixtures to enjoy your retaining wall at night long.