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General Uses of Retaining Walls

Whilst retaining walls are popularly known as efficient structures that are built to hold back slopes and to prevent possible soil erosion, it is also beneficial when it comes to adding aesthetic improvements to your home. Despite its many benefits, some homeowners tend to believe in common misconceptions that come with it. If well-constructed, these walls will not only be functional but can also add significant value to your home.

Why use retaining walls?

There are lots of reasons why most people prefer to use this type of structures for both residential and commercial spaces. Often, retaining walls are used in places that require extra support to prevent the earth from moving that may result in an erosion. And whilst it is considered as one of the most practical additions to homes that may need it, stones that are used in building this structure can add significant appeal to the landscape of your home.

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  • Helps improve site drainage

Retaining walls can effectively separate land from water. This structural wall is often built to control the water from travelling downhill, improving drainage and preventing the flood. Opting for this technique is especially helpful if land slopes down towards a property, as water can cause other major internal issues.

  • Expands usable space

Sloped lands can prevent you from enjoying usable spaces in your home. Terracing, for instance, can be used to create more usable space such as functional outdoor rooms, connected with stairs and walkways.

  • Contributes to the visual interest

Whilst it is true that the primary function of this specialised structure is to provide extra support, retaining walls are also used to create a more visually appealing landscape design. To enhance the overall appeal of your outdoor space, these can be built in a range of attractive, excellent-quality materials such as natural stone, concrete or blocks.