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5 Tips to choosing the right retaining wall for your property

There are many things that you should think about when selection a retaining wall for your property. Perhaps you are considering a retaining wall to help prevent water from seeping into your home. Or perhaps you are interested in building a retaining wall for aesthetic purposes around your pool or backyard oasis. Whatever your goal is for building your retaining wall, you can find more information in this article as well as on helpful sites such as If you live on a property that is in need of a retaining wall, this article will help provide you with tips as to how to choose the right one.

  1. Type of wall. Before you sign a contract with a professional to build your retaining wall, you need to decide on the type of material you will want your wall to be made of. There are several types of walls. Some of the materials used to build a wall such as this include wood, natural stone, and precast concrete. It is important to note that wood and timber retaining walls are not used so much anymore as they do not last as long as the concrete, rock, or stone. Wood has a tendency to warp and rot over time which can be problematic and expensive to fix.

  1. Decide how you want to use the wall. It is a good idea to think of how you may want to incorporate your new wall into your family’s lifestyle. For example, instead of building a wall, perhaps you want to create a sitting area that your family can use. This makes your investment much more useful and justifiable.

  1. Be creative. A retaining wall does not have to be a boring structure in your yard. You can make it look beautiful by being creative with your design. Perhaps you want to create a garden or fountain area in your yard. A retaining wall made of stone is a great way to do this.

  1. Be careful of the height. In many areas the height makes a difference. What we mean is that if you build a wall too high, you may need to hire an engineer to come assess your property and ensure that the wall is safe. If you do not do this, you could get fined by your municipality or worse, be liable if someone hurt themselves on your property.

  1. Plan for drainage. When building your retaining wall it is important to plan for water drainage. If you do not do this, you may find yourself in a bad situation with standing water in your backyard. Add gravel and fabric to cover the base of the wall. This will help with drainage.

Keeping these tips in mind you will surely be able to decide on the perfect retaining wall for your property. Our last tip before choosing your wall is to make sure that you have saved up enough funds and have budgeted for the project appropriately. Not planning ahead can be catastrophic to the project and a big let down if you are unable to complete it when you are midway through because you have run out of funding.


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  1. Ernest London
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    Thanks for the tips for choosing a retaining wall. My wife and I really want to add one to our backyard, but we are struggling to decide what we want. I like that you mentioned that a retaining wall made of stone is a great place for a water feature or a fountain. That could really make our yard look more beautiful, I will definitely consider it!

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    I like your point about knowing how the wall will be used outside of your home. My sister just bought a new home and is looking to have a nice fencing around her outside furniture. I’ll be sure to encourage her to find a professional that can help her find the right retaining wall for her style.

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    Great tips! I appreciate your advice to be careful about the wall height not to get fined by the municipality or be liable if someone hurt themselves on my property. I am considering getting a retaining wall and as I am not an expert in this sphere I’d like fo to get some professional help on this matter. Thanks for the advice!

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    Thanks for the tips on how to choose the right retaining wall! I’d be sure to follow your tips especially number one. Where you’ve mentioned about having the idea already before signing with a contractor. That should make all the process way easier. Additionally, thanks for reminding us to plan for the drainage else it would have totally slipped my mind. I do certainly agree that when building your retaining wall it is important to plan for water drainage. I’d be sure to talk this over with my wife to see what else she could add. Hopefully, our renovation will go well!

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    I totally agree that one of the things you need to do when building a retaining wall is to “plan for drainage.” This should ensure a clear passageway of water going down the drain and prevent standing water from accumulating in your backyard or lawn. If possible, you can also contact a professional landscaping artist to help you design the perfect drain for your retaining wall. If I ever build my own retaining wall, I would make sure to keep this in mind. Thanks.

  6. Derek McDoogle
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    I love that you thought about incorporating the wall into your lifestyle. You definitely want to make sure that your retaining wall fits in with your home design as well. Versatility is the word, especially in this situation.

  7. Jordan Miner
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    I’ve been wanting to get some soil stabilization for my yard to make sure we don’t have any landsliding. I think that gettin some tips on soil stabilization and retaining walls would be good for us, so I like that you talked about being creative and making it appealing. I’m going to have to look for a few good soil stabilization services and see what help we can find!

  8. Sarah Smith
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    I really appreciate your advice to be more creative with retaining walls so they can become a statement and add to your landscaping. Your advice to use stone or rock for a retaining wall is really interesting. With that in mind, I will start looking into a contractor to help us install a stone retaining wall near our garden patio.

  9. Mia Stewart
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    I like how the article explains that you should make sure to decide how you are wanting to use the retaining wall before you get one. We are wanting to use our retaining wall to be able to hold a garden so we can grow different plants. Thank you for the tips on choosing a retaining wall for your home.

  10. Retaining Wallsc
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    When planning your retaining walls, the positive drainage, or drainage that directs water away from your home, is the most important consideration. Walls can be used to properly direct the flow of water.

  11. Vivian Black
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    I love how you mentioned making sure that you know exactly how you want to use a retaining wall. My backyard is lacking one last thing to make it perfect, and I am looking for a retaining wall. These tips will be useful when I eventually get a professional to install one.

  12. Vivian Black
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    My husband and I have been looking for a new way to spice up our backyard and improve the feel of it by a large amount. We love your tip about being creative and making it look beautiful by designing it yourself. We will keep these tips in mind when we find a professional.

  13. Jay Jorgenson
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    My dad wants to have a retaining wall in his backyard. I like how you mentioned that the best materials to build retaining walls are wood, natural stone, and precast concrete. Thank you for the information. I’ll recommend my dad to hire a landscaping company to build a stone wall.

  14. jack stiles
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    It is going to be helpful that you mentioned that you need to plan your retaining wall for draining. We are going to get a retaining wall for our home. We have read all about their benefits, so we can’t really go without it now that we know. When we look for a contractor to put up our retaining wall, I will make sure that we have it planned for drainage.

  15. Oscar Morrison
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    I appreciate the information on how to build the wall safely so it can last. My wife and I want to turn a hill in our yard into a sitting area. We’ll have to make sure it doesn’t go too high and become dangerous.

  16. Kate Hansen
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    I loved how you mentioned being creative with your design! My husband and I are wanting to look into getting retaining walls installed for our landscape in a couple of weeks, and we want to make sure that we choose the right kind. We’ll make sure to keep these tips in mind once we find a contractor that can build retaining walls for our home.

    • amaryllis
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      Hello Kate, I’m glad the article helps.