Retaining Walls Design Ideas by Custom Hardscapes LLC
Retaining Walls Design Ideas in Brentwood, TN
A beautiful home should make good use of the natural elements around it. However, there may come a time when Mother Nature encroaches on your plans. One of the best ways to manipulate the soil around your property is to install a sturdy retaining wall. A good retaining wall should hold a slope in place while adding to your property’s aesthetic. For more information about how a retaining wall could benefit your Nashville property, please contact Custom Hardscapes for a free estimate. Our hardscape designers have over 20 years of experience installing strong and beautiful retaining walls in Nashville.
Retaining Wall Uses
Since it’s your property, you get to decide what purpose your retaining wall serves. Most people install retaining walls for one of two reasons.
- Preventing Erosion: An unrestrained slope can cause problems on your property over time. A good retaining wall can keep the soil in place, preventing erosion from damaging your home or driveway.
- Privacy: Adding a retaining wall can increase privacy and security while adding beauty and appeal to your landscape.
Common Wall Types
The type of wall you install depends on a number of factors, including the slope of the soil on your property. Here are two types of retaining walls to consider.
- Gravity Walls: Gravity walls typically have large bases, and rely on their mass to keep soil at bay. These walls can be made of segmented retaining wall blocks, stone or concrete.
- Reinforced Segmented Retaining Walls: When installing these types of walls, often referred to as piling walls, Custom Hardscapes uses Geo-Grid to reinforce the walls for the proper load bearings involved. This greatly increases the stability of the wall.
Retaining Wall Materials
When planning your retaining wall project, you and your hardscape designer will need to settle on a material. Stone and concrete are easily the most popular.
- Stone: It’s hard to beat the strength and natural beauty of stone. If you’re going for a rustic, natural look, stone is the material for you.
- Concrete: In many ways, concrete is a more practical material. Its porous nature makes it easier for moisture to go through, thus reducing pressure on the wall.
Though simple in concept, these walls are not easy to install and should be installed by an experienced professional with proper credentials and certification. To ensure that your retaining wall looks and performs the way you want it to, let the team at Custom Hardscapes lend a helping hand. We’ve been completing Nashville hardscape projects for over 20 years, and we’ll gladly lend our talents to your property. Call (615) 887-5554 today for a free estimate!