retaining wall Archives - Stamped Artistry

Uses for a Retaining Wall

Posted by | Retaining Walls | No Comments

Retaining walls are, overall, meant to support the ground and keep it from eroding, and sliding down when it rains. It creates a decorative cliff for homes, and their yards that sit on slopes and hillsides. However, a retaining wall has the potential to be more than functional. It can add to your home and yard’s appeal.

Some Outdoor Glamour

A strong wall can support a lot of things. Sometimes, you can transform that wall into a seating background. Or, with some additional support, that wall can be extra seating. Create an outdoor space at the bottom of your slope that’s inviting and makes you want to redecorate, and host.

You can decorate the wall itself, too. Outdoor lights, potted plants, and a number of creative things can really give life to your retaining wall and make it an attractive part of your home’s exterior. With a stamped concrete, or stone patio at its base, you could have a very nice outdoor seating area with a wall of lights and flowers.

The materials you choose to use for your retaining wall can also add some creativity to something that is primarily functional. There are many materials you might use for your wall; as long as it is stable and strong, you can choose from any number of things like stone, stained concrete, and wood. It can be straight, or curved. It must be able to support the earth and withstand the weather.

A professional can help you build a retaining wall that suits both the land around your home and its slope, and your personal tastes. Contact us at Stamped Artistry for this service. We can help you choose your preferred style and install strong, attractive retaining walls for you anytime to control erosion and add to your home’s appeal.

The Retaining Wall

Posted by | Uncategorized | No Comments

walls01-homeportfolio2What is a retaining wall? You have probably seen one, even if you didn’t know it by name. A retaining wall is a decorative structure that also holds soil behind it, much like a dam. It is used to create the appearance of two ground levels, creating an attractive, interesting “cliff.”

These structures are created with a variety of materials, depending upon the desired look. You can have blocks of any stable stone, concrete in any form, wood, rocks, and more that match the home, or any other important feature. Wood is a common choice, as it is a little less expensive than many other materials, but it must be maintained and generally does not last as long as more resilient materials. Stone and concrete are more stable, but the process of installation can be costly and time-consuming.

Other than the appearance, the type of soil being supported makes a difference in the choice of materials, as well, as do changes in the dirt during the seasons. The weight of the soil—black soil, rocky soil, sand, etc.—must not exceed what the materials can support at the wall’s height. Gravity retaining walls are the type that need no extra reinforcement to handle the soil’s weight. They are heavy enough on their own so they offer plenty of support, and may be shorter since they don’t require additional height or materials for strengthening. Reinforced retaining walls, however, must have some extra support to hold the soil. This could mean more materials, or more height.

A strong, lasting retaining wall could be an attractive, unique feature for your yard, garden, or any other appropriate place. Take a look at the Stamped Artistry website, or call us and tell us what you’re interested in doing. We’re happy to help you design something new.