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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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Kate Hansen

Wednesday 23rd of September 2020

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.


Thursday 24th of September 2020

Hello Kate, I'm glad the article helps.

Oscar Morrison

Friday 27th of December 2019

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.

jack stiles

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

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.

Jay Jorgenson

Wednesday 30th of October 2019

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.

Vivian Black

Friday 18th of October 2019

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.