A retaining wall is a great way to keep soil from spreading onto your driveway when it rains, if you have a hilly yard. When the driveway goes through a hill, the soil on either side can wash away onto the driveway whenever it rains, and this will create quite an annoying mess. The retaining wall keeps the soil in place so that you do not have to constantly clean your driveway and so that you do not have to replace the soil over time. The guide below walks you through a few things that need to be considered before a retaining wall can be built.
Consider How Tall the Wall Needs to Be
When you have a retaining wall built, the top of it needs to be a few inches taller than ground level to ensure that the soil cannot easily wash over it when it rains heavily. You need to decide whether you want the retaining wall to be the same height throughout or want it to follow the natural slope of the yard.
Consider How Long the Wall Needs to Be
Next, you need to consider how long you want the wall to be. You can choose to have the wall stop at the areas of the yard that have the most run-off during rainy weather or choose to have the wall run the entire length of the driveway. You can have the wall start and stop wherever you choose.
Consider What Materials Will Be Used to Construct the Wall
A retaining wall can be created from many different types of materials. The materials most commonly used to create a retaining wall are bricks and concrete blocks. They are both designed to be very durable and strong.
Consider What You Want the Finished Look of the Wall to Be
When the wall has been completed, it can stay the way it is, or you can add a bit of flair to it by adding stone facing to it. The stone facing will create a very stylish look without costing you a lot of money.
Once all of these factors have been taken into consideration, you can hire a professional contractor to create the wall for you. You will want to hire a professional to ensure the wall's strength and stability. A professional who has experience with building retaining walls will have the tools and knowledge to build a wall that will stand strong for years to come.