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Retaining Walls

     Retaining walls make a wonderful addition to your home both functionally and aesthetically. A retaining wall is a structure that holds back or retains material (usually soil) behind it. 

Retaining Walls Can:​

  • Add terracing and functional support for keeping unlimited tons of soil in place.

  • Eliminate water runoff and flooding due to eroding foundations.

  • Prevent sink holes.

  • Control erosion of a steep hill or slope.

  • Eliminate dirt piles, hills and other eye sores.

  • Solve drainage problems.

  • Establish distinct areas between different features in the yard and smoothly transition between levels.

  • Provide the framework for walkways, stairways or patio divisions.

  • Level uneven lawns and direct drainage.

  • Create usable garden spaces.

Retaining Walls Control Erosion

     One of the main reason homeowners in the Triad have retaining walls constructed is to prevent soil erosion. Hills and slopes are prone to land sliding and erosion. If you live in this area, you may very well have a sloping yard, or even a number of hilly spots to deal with. It’s also no secret that Greensboro, High Point, Winston-Salem and other surrounding areas in NC normally receive a considerable amount of rainfall each year. When you put these two factors together—a hilly terrain and a lot of rainfall—it’s easy to understand why erosion can often be a huge problem in this area. Anytime there’s heavy rainfall (especially the “gully-washers” that we often have in here!) you can have a great deal of surface runoff and erosion. Your topsoil is literally washed away. A retaining wall can provide a barrier to keep your soil in place and prevent mud or small rivulets from coming down the slope and ruining your lower-level landscaping. The stone blocks and other materials used in retaining walls stand up to long-term exposure to water, and act as a drainage regulator to provide proper runoff. Water and mud will be channeled to where they will be less likely to cause damage, and soil won’t be washed away from where you need it. This can mean avoiding erosion that would otherwise cause tens, or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage over time, if left unchecked.

A Professional Wall for a Professional Job

     Of course, a retaining wall must be constructed properly if it is going to be effective. One mistake homeowners sometimes make is not hiring a professional landscape architect to design and install their retaining walls. Sure, doing it yourself may save you some money in the short run, but a little further down the road you may have to deal with damage caused by an improperly designed or installed wall. This could cost you far more money than if you had chosen a professionally designed wall in the first place. Properly constructed, your retaining wall is meant to protect your property from erosion for several decades. When you take pride in your home, and want to add to its value, then a professional retaining wall installed by a professional landscape architect is your best bet for a long term investment. We follow the same practices  they have been set up and proven reliable by the National Concrete Masonry Association. If you’re interested in adding a retaining wall or other hardscaping feature to your Triad area property, please give Ayers Hardscapes & Landscapes a call at (336) 287-1032 or click the button to schedule an appointment. We look forward to assisting you with the yard of your dreams!

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