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RETAINING WALL CONSTRUCTION
The purpose of a retaining wall in a residential setting is to ‘’correct’’ the natural shape or slope of the ground, leaving a level area for gardening, building a patio, or enjoying more of your property than you otherwise would be able to.
A concrete retaining wall may serve as an emphasis wall or centre of attention, or if needed, a complete system of tiered walls could be designed to turn a sloped exterior space into eye-catching landscape design that is as functional as it is beautiful. Before installing a concrete retaining wall, consider that it is a semi-permanent fixture – so you have to get it right the first time.
There are three basic types of concrete wall construction - concrete blocks, precast concrete panels, or poured in place concrete. This allows you the flexibility to choose the method that’s right for the situation. Concrete also allows you to be flexible with your design. The material allows you to build curves, angles or staircases into the retaining wall design with less difficulty than other materials.
Concrete is a very strong option compared to other retaining wall options. Make sure you get a strong cement mix, a good quality finish is vital when you’re talking about holding up tons of earth and water. After installation, your concrete retaining wall will continue to cure in place, further increasing strength.
Concrete retaining walls can stand the test of time, often lasting for a century or longer.
It’s usually faster and easier to install a concrete retaining wall compared to other, more labour-intensive masonry structures.
Concrete over the years has changed massively. Say goodbye to the boring old grey finish of yesterday - today’s design allows for a very customisable finish that’s perfect for clients desiring a specific finish.
Concrete walls require very low maintenance. Even cleaning once a year is adequate. Some people prefer to leave them for a natural look. One important maintenance factor is checking for cracks in the concrete and evidence of other wear and tear.
Northern Contracting Group assist with concrete retaining wall projects across Belrose, Manly, Mona Vale, Sydney and the Northern Beaches. We can quickly and easily coordinate equipment and transport staff to these areas. Find out more on our contact us page!
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