The 3 Basic Types of Retaining Walls Adelaide

There’s a reason why retaining walls are trendy in both commercial and residential landscaping projects – several reasons, in fact. Not only do they provide some beautiful stonework and hardscaping into your outdoor area, but they also allow you to transform your landscape into tiers around central features. Apart from a hat, retaining walls also can save any yard by managing your rainwater flow and preventing soil erosion from happening. With that said, before you call your local builder, you need to know what type of retaining wall you want to build for your property. Listed below are three of the most common types of retaining walls Adelaide, along with the ideal situations in which they are suitable for, and the amount of workmanship that goes into each one.


Gravity Retaining Wall

Known as the most basic or retaining wall types, the gravity retaining makes use of sheer mass and weight to hold soil and keep it at bay. Since all about the weight, this type of retaining wall provides the most extensive variety of possible materials that can be used. Pavers, bricks, unmortared and dry-stacked stone are some notable options available. While short retaining walls don’t require any additional reinforcement, the majority will need at least a small trench for the wall to fit into. Some variants may also need a concrete footer to sit on as well.


Sheet Piling Retaining Wall

Another one of the basic types of retaining walls Adelaide is the sheet piling. It’s usually used when there’s an issue with space. Sheet piling retaining walls are made of the thin wall of steel, vinyl, or wood that’s driven directly into the soil. Most of the time, they have a vertically corrugated structure that serves to provide additional reinforcement and strength. More massive walls of this type will require additional anchoring such as anchored retaining walls (click here to learn more).


Cantilevered Retaining Wall

Often referred to as a ‘reinforced’ retaining wall from the steel bars that run through masonry or concrete retaining walls, the cantilevered retaining wall makes good use of any retaining wall that’s affixed to a slab foundation. It goes under the soil that the wall is supporting, and is commonly an “L” shape. The weight of the upper soil will hold the slab down. That way, the way doesn’t tip forward. This design style is favoured in commercial properties due to its formidable strength. A “buttressed” or “counterfort” retaining wall includes vertical wings to the foundation for additional rigidity and strength.


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