Get a Long Lasting Retaining Walls for Your Mount Dora Property
Do you need a retaining wall? If you’re trying to protect against erosion, you probably do. Father & Son Landscaping, LLC enjoys providing clients with beautifully built walls that will last for years to come. We have many options available to our clients to cater to everyone’s unique taste. To learn more about what we do, look below.
Are Retaining Walls Necessary?
A retaining wall may be necessary depending on your home and yard. Generally, homes on steep inclined or with multi-level landscaping features will need a wall to protect against soil erosion. Think back over the last few months. Have you noticed excess damage or soil loss after a heavy rain? If so, you might be a great candidate for a retaining wall. If you still aren’t sure, feel free to call us so we can come take a quick look.
Are There Different Wall Types Available?
For your retaining wall, you’ll have to main options. However, your landscape design might require one or the other:
- • Reinforced: These models require extra support to bear the full load of the soil behind it. For some wall options, we can use a special mesh called geogrid, which is simply laid during the wall installation process. Larger soil loads may require more support.
- • Gravity: These walls rely simply on their own gravity to first the forces of erosion. Using its own weight, the wall will remain sturdy and push back against the soil pressure behind it.
- • Cantilevered: Properly designed and engineered retaining walls are constructed of concrete block or poured concrete and provided with steel reinforcement. Steel reinforced retaining walls have amazing strength and durability and possess all the attributes needed for long-term favorable performance. If your home happens to be on a hillside area in Mount Dora, then it will most likely be necessary to have these walls engineered before installation.
- • Sheet Pile Retaining Walls: In general, sheet pile retaining walls are usually used in soft soils and tight spaces. This type of wall is made from steel, vinyl or wood planks that are driven into the ground. Usually, our team of retaining wall specialists will usually drive 1/3 of the material above the ground and 2/3 below it.
- • Wood Retaining Wall with Tie-Back: The great thing about wood retaining walls is that they can be constructed in a variety of styles but will also include additional ways of adding strength to a wall by anchoring a tie-back into the rock or soil behind the wall itself. Generally, these tie-backs are driven into the material with boring, and anchors are then expanded at the end of the cables by mechanical means or often by injecting pressurized concrete which expands to form a bulb in the soil.
Can You Choose the Materials for the Retaining Wall?
Of course, you can choose the material that fits best within your design and budget. You have the option of wood grains and stones, but each has its own pros and cons:
- • Wood: This is your cheapest option and wood grains have wide variety. The natural look fits well in many outdoor settings. However, wood has a short life expectancy, especially with exposure to the elements. You may have to perform a high level of maintenance.
- • Segmented Retaining Walls: Also known as SRW, these walls use cement blocks design to fit together. They are particularly suited to gravity walls, but they can be used for heavier loads with the help of geogrid.
- • Mortared: As the name suggests, the materials are fused together to create an incredibly sturdy structure that is highly resistant to environmental damage.
Unreinforced Masonry Walls
While it is true that for optimal results for your Mount Dora residential or commercial property that you need to opt for reinforced walls, the reality is that there are a range of unreinforced walls that are common in hillside areas in this locality. Generally, concrete retaining walls that have not been provided with steel reinforcement were commonly constructed in hillside areas during the 1920s through to the 1940s.
What is important to remember about unreinforced walls is that they are more susceptible to damage due to soil pressure, water pressure and seismic shaking. With that in mind, here is a list of unreinforced retaining walls:
- Criblock Retaining Walls: Criblock is one of the most popular unreinforced retaining walls and one that consists of interlocking concrete cribs. How it works is that the individual cribs lock together, and the interior cells are commonly filled with compacted fill. Criblock walls have the attraction of being able to be planted. In general, criblock walls are not recommended for homes in Mount Dora as they have suffered dramatic failures in the past. That being said, criblock walls can be useful when supporting planter areas.
- Brick Retaining Walls: Similar to criblock walls, brick retaining walls are commonly used on hillside properties for low or planter walls. Brick retaining walls lack steel reinforcement and usually are not provided with a proper foundation but unlike gravity, they have mortar bonding in between blocks providing some added strength over simple gravity walls.
- Railroad Tie Retaining Walls: This type of wall can be used in soil with slopes but again comes with a less than ideal reputation for safety and security. These types of walls are susceptible to water and termite damage and can fail catastrophically. However, when used as planter walls the risk is relatively low.
Will Retaining Wall Construction Be Affordable?
We only give fair prices and we also do a thorough consultation before the start of every project. Before we begin, we will gather the following information:
- • The height, width and length of the intended wall
- • The surrounding soil type
- • The approximate amount of pressure on the wall
- • The general slope of the yard
Reach Out to Us Today
Are you ready to start your retaining wall project? Give us a call today and one of our professional team members will be happy to answer any questions you might have. If you fill out our quick contact form, we’ll get back to you with more information as soon as possible. When you’re ready, we’ll schedule your consultation for a time that works for you.