When determining if your yard or property needs a retaining wall or rockery, there are a few questions to think about. Choosing the best look and feel for your property can be tough. Start by asking yourself the following questions to help you choose the best wall for you and your property.
- What is the size of your project and how much clearance around the area do you have?
- What is the drainage like in that area?
- What are your aesthetic requirements?
- What is your budget?
- What are your maintenance requirements or abilities?
Both rockeries and retaining walls offer scalability and aesthetically pleasing features. Both options can give you the ability to level out and gain more usable space to your property. Hills are very common in the Seattle area and many people find themselves with a large or steep hill that hinders the usage of their property. Installing a rock or retaining wall is a great way to work with the hill while gaining more usable space.
Rockeries are great for large areas with good access. Rock walls are also the best choice when drainage isn’t available, as they can be built around tree roots and plants. With the natural features and rock layouts, rockeries can turn any yard or property into a work of art! The use of rock, plants and flowers can also be added for an even more stunning final product.
Those shoppers looking to install a wall in a tight area or an area with restricted access, a block retaining wall is a great option, especially for those buyers that are wanting to avoid expensive fully concrete retaining walls. Retaining walls can be easily scaled to small, medium, or large areas and need sufficient drainage to avoid excess settling and damage.
For a full comparison, check out the chart below to help compare retaining walls and rockeries:
|Cost||Varies by material chosen and size of wall||Generally less expensive than a retaining wall|
|Space Needed||Can be build to fit a small, medium, or large area||Medium to large area|
|Access||Can be built in less accessible/smaller areas||Requires sufficient access for equipment|
|Drainage Needed||Needs good drainage to avoid damage||Rockeries are much more forgiving and do not require a substantial drainage system|
|Settling||Retaining walls are subject to ground settling over time as well as root disturbance||Much more forgiving with settling and root growth|
|Aesthetics||Many different types of blocks available.||Choice of different size and color of rocks. Very attractive natural look. Plants can be added.|
|Maintenance Requirement||Low maintenance. Easy to clean and maintain.||Low maintenance. May require weeding.|
|Height Considerations||Permit required if over 4 feet tall. Anchoring fabric also needed at regular intervals||Permit required if over 4 feet tall|
There are positives to both retaining and rock walls in the Seattle area. Your aesthetic requirements as well as the environment and location of your wall should be considered when choosing which wall is best for you. At B&D Rockeries, our expert designers are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Contact us today to make an appointment for a free consultation and estimate.