Retaining walls are used for keeping soil dry and in place while allowing it to properly drain at the same time when rain or flooding occurs to prevent damage to property or surrounding structures. Often times retaining walls are used when a flood is nearing or there is a forecast for significant water fall, saving property and preventing water from reaching the inside of a dwelling will be prevented if a wall is safely and properly in place. Sand bagging is a common form of a temporary retaining wall, working to keep water from nearby rivers and lakes from emptying and overflowing into dry locations.
Incorporating retaining walls into a backyard landscape reduces maintenance and prevents erosion. Both functional and decorative retaining wall also establish points of interest. When designing a sloped back yard, consider including tiered retaining walls that can double as raised plant beds. Construct the retaining wall with a material that complements other hard capes in your back yard. If your wall is over 3 feet high, consult a professional to ensure its construction.
Concrete is a very durable building material that is helpful in preventing flooding. It also serves decorative retaining wall purposes in the home and is much more versatile than the typical gray block that you are accustomed to seeing. Concrete can be tinted, painted with a mural or stacked in a creative manner to make decorative focal points inside and outside the home.
The benefits of installing a decorative retaining wall to home are as well as providing functional support for keeping soil in place, preventing sink holes and eliminating the eye sore of dirt piles and hills. Retaining walls can also be implemented into a patio setting and can be used as a backdrop that holds planters, lighting and keeps an area cool and shaded from sunlight or wind.