Retaining walls can be a unique and beautiful addition to your property. These hand-crafted rockeries not only help to make your property more accessible and useful, but they can also add character and a pleasing topography.
Many homeowners, with the intent of saving money, decide to complete the project of building a retaining wall themselves. While this may be suitable for some handy individuals, many Everett and Marysville homeowners are dissatisfied with the final structure and look of their DIY retaining wall.
Businesses that offer rockery and landscaping services, like B&D Rockeries, train their teams how to properly plan and construct retaining walls so that they are guaranteed to stand strong and unmoving for years on end. Homeowners without that experience tend to make 3 common blunders when constructing their retaining walls that weaken and damage the wall.
1. Poor Footing
The most common culprit of retaining wall failure on Everett and Marysville properties is a poor foundation. There are several reasons why a retaining wall’s foundation may fail.
- Insufficient Depth: Retaining walls must be deep enough to provide a foundation that properly supports the soil above it. With too small a foundation, the weight can warp or collapse the wall.
- Limited Materials: Professional landscapers have access to the proper stones and materials to create a retaining wall of the appropriate width and depth. When improper materials are used, the foundation will not be strong enough to support the weight of the wall or the soil.
- Inadequate Drainage: Water that is not redirected or drained away from the retaining wall will begin to erode the foundation, ultimately causing wall failure.
2. Poor Materials
At B&D Rockeries, we get our materials from the best queries and suppliers in Everett and Marysville, so that we know our customers retaining walls have been made of the most reliable materials. We also know how to calculate and measure out sizes and dimensions for our materials to create a beautiful final product.
Many DIY builders, however, often end up with improper stones and materials for the job. Without suitable materials, the walls are less likely to hold up well as time progresses. If a builder doesn’t measure the appropriate dimensions, then the final product often lacks symmetry and congruency.
3. Poor Construction
Interlocking stone retaining walls require that builders follow the instructions to the letter. Boulder retaining walls require careful planning and arrangement for a strong, attractive final product. For example, failure to install appropriate drainage to the wall can result in blowouts, wet soil failures, and frost-heaves that destroy the wall. If each stone is not properly leveled, the final product may be warped or unstable.
The process of analyzing the property, collecting measurements, purchasing materials, and steadily constructing an Everett retaining wall is not one that should be rushed. Homeowners that prefer DIY products should be aware of these common blunders before setting out to complete their project.
At B&D Rockeries, our goal is to help homeowners create a stunning and functional piece of property. We construct strong, dependable retaining walls on a regular basis for customers in both Everett and Marysville. We construct boulder retaining walls and block retaining walls in addition to other landscaping and rockery services. For more information feel free to give us a call, or complete our contact form.