JulianConstruction.com: Building a Retaining Wall

Posted August 6, 2016, under Blog

Retaining walls have many uses. Throughout history, they have been built to create agricultural terraces on slopes of land. They have also been used to reduce the flow of rainwater.

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Today, retaining walls are primarily a protective structure used to prevent soil erosion, flooding, property or structural damage. They can also be used to create more usable space and reduce maintenance. Some retraining walls are built simply to create a more aesthetic environment.

Retaining walls can be constructed with many different types of materials, including concrete, steel, stone, brick, composites, wood and even glass.

There are also various kinds of retaining walls, including anchored walls, sheet pile walls, gravity walls and cantilevers.

Anchored walls are complex restraining walls built with cables. The cables are anchored into the soil or rock behind the wall. Anchored walls are used when a wall needs extra support to restrain the load.

Sheet piling walls are used in cases where the space is tight or the soil is soft. The wall is created by connecting panels of steel, but vinyl and wood can also be used.

Gravity restraining walls, which are built using stone, concrete or other types of heavy materials, use their own weight to keep soil from moving. The wall is constructed leaning backwards toward the soil.

Cantilever walls are used to hold back a large amount of soil. They are made with steel-reinforced concrete that rests on a slab foundation. Less material is needed to build a cantilever wall than a gravity wall.

We’ve constructed many different types of restraining walls and can give you some tips and advice on the type of wall needed for your project. Give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll inspect your property and come up with a great plan for the perfect restraining wall.

Julian De La Torre, expert foundation contractor in Los Angeles foundation repair, house leveling & foundation inspection (Los Angeles) and founder of Julian Construction (www.julianconstruction.com) in Los Angeles, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more home foundation repair and soft story retrofit (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years. Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home.

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