Some benefits of retaining walls often go unnoticed by many property owners. Sure the shape, design and colors of any retaining wall are selected because of an owner’s or landscape designer’s custom design. The curves, corners and layout can transform a simple yard into a homeowner’s pride and admiration. However, the structural benefits can be far more valuable to the property than how pleasing a retaining wall looks to passersby. And in the long run, the benefits of retaining walls can save an owner tens of thousands of dollars in repair and replacement costs.
- Retaining Walls Help Prevent Ground Soil Erosion
One of the primary benefits of a retaining wall is to keep the existing ground soil in place. Erosion is a natural process, which is further increased by rain, snow and wind. Over time, most elevated and sloped landscapes begin to erode both on and below the surface. In particular, the underlying ground soil will begin to slide down a hill or slope. This can create a number of structural and support problems for the immediate area, as well as any adjacent structures on a property. However, a properly installed retaining wall can assist in slowing down the erosion process. In essence, a retaining wall will serve as an additional support and safety structure that can help prevent future landslides, soil erosion or a catastrophic failure of a steeply sloped part of a property. This is especially true if an area is prone to extreme weather, such as flash floods, which will further exacerbate the erosion process.
- Retaining Walls In Conjunction With Major Construction Projects On A Property
Installing a new pool? Building a new driveway or patio? Maybe you’ve decided to cut down—or plant—a few trees on your property. If so, then you should consider a retaining wall. Each of these structural construction projects may change the support and stability of the surrounding and adjacent ground soil. Especially in terms of density and weight. The addition or removal of large features on a property may also redirect rainwater and cause flooding or drainage problems on a property. Therefore, before beginning any large construction project on a property a homeowner should also consider whether a retaining wall is necessary by discussing it with an expert landscaper.
- Retaining Walls Can Help Direct The Flow Of Water
We all know that water flows downhill. Depending on the slope and grade of a landscape, water may pool and even flood certain areas. One benefit of a properly installed retaining wall is that it will have a drainage plan and system in place to help direct the flow of water. Another structural feature of a retaining wall is to help redirect flood waters. Instead of floodwaters (or riverbank overflow) eating away at a slope, a retaining wall can provide a barrier between the unwanted water and the ground soil behind it.
- Retaining Walls Can Help Define Property Boundaries and Provide A Natural Flow To Your Property
Fencing has traditionally been used to define certain property boundaries. However, in many cases, retaining walls can serve the same purpose. In addition to serving as a property boundary, a retaining wall can assist the with the flow of foot traffic on your property. These physical barriers define those areas which are safe to explore as well as those which are off limits to guests.