Sieben Cement Contractors Ltd. is a premiere Edmonton Concrete Retaining Wall Services provider.
In general, retaining walls are doing just as their name says – they are retaining the earth behind from falling and warding off erosion. They can also add value and aesthetic appeal to any property.
In residential concrete applications we see decorative retaining walls in all shapes and sizes and they can be personalized by the use of forms, colors, dyes, stamped concrete etc. that is added to enhance the aesthetic appeal.
A retaining wall can be used to separate a slope of earth from leaning or falling into the foundation of a home, for sectioning off areas to keep the lawn happy, to fend off erosion, rocks and/or to stabilize a bank. A retaining wall will prevent soil from being washed away. If you have a large property it’s likely the elements will start to wash away parts of the property – adding a retaining wall alleviate this issue for years to come.
Types of retaining Walls:
Gravity retaining walls work as the name implies: they rely on their own weight to support the load of soil. Gravity Retaining walls are good choices for landscapes which require a wall that’s less than ten feet high. Usually, gravity retaining walls are built on site, and are cast with in monolithic-style construction.
Semi-Gravity Retaining Wall
Semi-Gravity Retaining Walls are built similar to a Gravity Retaining Wall; however, steel supports are included inside the cast of concrete for additional support. Placing steel supports within the concrete will help to reduce the thickness of the concrete wall, which is a plus for certain applications.
Cantilever Concrete Retaining Wall
Cantilever Concrete Retaining Walls can be built much larger than a Gravity Retaining Wall. These types are built with reinforced concrete. Cantilever Concrete Retaining Walls require much less concrete than a typical monolithic-type slab, however the wall itself needs to be built much more precisely, because of the reinforced concrete, and the more intricate base—which includes a heel and toe.
Counterfort Retaining Walls
These types of retaining walls are very similar in design to Cantilever-style walls, however the differences are that at the back of Counterfort walls are web-like strips of concrete (these strips are called counterforts).
A well crafted retaining wall can add beauty to a home’s landscape, and can be formed to include garden beds or for planting of trees and shrubs. There’s also the option of adding two or three foot high retaining walls to lift a deck or patio or for the base of a fence.
A great choice for a quality retaining wall is by use of poured concrete as it is the strongest and most durable choice with a reinforced concrete footing supported by rebar and weeping holes throughout to allow for drainage.
If you have an idea for a decorative Retaining Wall in your yard or have a commercial space that could benefit from a durable retaining wall, give us a call, we can discuss and provide options for your consideration.