Concrete Retaining Walls

Concrete Retaining Wall Construction

Concrete is a good alternative to a traditional block retaining wall and when planned and built properly can last for decades.  Concrete retaining walls can be colored, textured, and accented using concrete stamps or embedded objects to give them a unique look too.  In certain situations concrete retaining walls can also cost less to install.

Alan’s Landscaping and Heather’s Gardens (ALHG for short!) is a family owned and operated landscape design and construction company based out of Ottawa.  We specialize in the design and construction of concrete retaining walls, concrete seat walls, and concrete steps for both residential and commercial property owners.  Whether you need concrete retaining walls to hold back a slope or to separate your garden areas from your lawn areas our team will  be able to help.

Concrete Retaining Wall Footing Size

Depending on how large the wall is and what it’s holding back the depth of the footing can be adjusted.  The depth for the base slab should usually be kept at a minimum of two feet.  In a northern climate like Ottawa where we see very cold weather the footing should extend below the frost line.  After viewing your property and the site where you’d like the concrete retaining wall built we can provide you with more detailed information about how the wall should be constructed.

Drainage For Concrete Retaining Walls

Because concrete is impermeable (doesn’t allow water through) special considerations must always be made for proper drainage.  This is achieved through using proper course stone for the base of the wall, using a courser backfill behind the wall to allow water to drain more easily, and also by the installation of drains or weepholes in the concrete wall itself.  Because of the nature of poured concrete walls they can be very susceptible to hydrostatic pressure or lateral pressure from the surcharge (weight) behind the wall.  Without proper drainage it’s not uncommon for a concrete retaining wall to crack if the pressure behind the wall becomes too great.

At ALHG we have the knowledge and expertise to build beautiful, functional, concrete retaining walls that will last a lifetime.

If you’d like an estimate for retaining wall construction or replacement please give us a call (343) 262-4769 or fill out our contact form and we’ll get right back to you.

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