Tips about Stone Retaining Wall – Ideas to Keep You Informed

There are different reasons that you might be in need of a stone retaining wall. Delgado’s and Sons bring you some tips about building a quality stone retaining wall. 

What is Stone Retaining Wall?

A stone retaining wall is a structure that is used to retain soil. In different places, there is the problem of instability of the soil, and it doesn’t stay intact. There are different reasons for this sliding. Sometimes it might be due to flooding, other times earthquakes, while at times to due to the lack of strength to remain intact. In either case, it causes harm to the property and will affect the property owner.

A retaining wall installation will not only save you from potential problems but will also help enhance the appearance of your property. The life span and the features of a retaining wall depending upon the material that you use. While building retaining wall, you need to keep in mind different aspects of your needs and then make the proper decision. In some cases, it might not cost you much while in some extraordinary conditions you will have to spend much on that. 

There are different considerations you will have to make to ensure that the wall is reliable and fulfills your needs. Retaining wall installation is a critically intricate job and for this reason, you need to be careful. 

Tips to Build a Reliable Stone Retaining Wall

Our professionals have years of expertise in building retaining walls. We have come up with some tips for the proper arrangement and construction of a retaining wall. Here you go!

• Arrangement of Stones

The very first step in building a retaining wall is the arrangement of stones according to their categories. For that, you will have to separate them based on their type. Separate small stones from the large ones and smooth ones from rough ones. This will help you in arranging them easily in the wall when they are needed.

This will help you with time issues while working on the retaining wall. 

• Setting Up a Level Line

Either if you want to build a retaining wall on a hill or on a plain area, you need to set up a level line. This will help you determine to keep things in order and you won’t face problems with the level of the wall. 

Also, keep in mind that the width of the wall should be at least half of the height of the wall. This will keep your wall in a stable state in case there is some problem.

• Excavate the Area

You can’t build a retaining wall directly on the ground. In case someone does so, it will be called a folly. For that, you will have to dig a trench which will help with the stability of the wall. 

Excavate the area according to the proper needs of your wall. This will serve as the foundation of your wall. It will help remain your wall stable in case of earthquakes, land sliding, flooding, etc. With the excavation, you have the guarantee that your wall will remain safe.

• Addition of Landscape Fabric

Either it is a small retaining wall or a large one, you need to be careful about the landscape fabric. This helps with the strength of the wall. One thing that should be kept in mind is that plastic shouldn’t be used as landscape fabric. 

• Building the Wall Base

The very first part of the foundation is gravel. Fill the trench with five inches of gravel. Flatten it and then tamp it. This will serve as the strong foundation for the wall. 

• Laying the First Course

Stone laying is an important part of this segment. You have to lay stones in a manner that serves as the firm foundation for the whole structure. Be it a small retaining wall or a large one, in either case, you will have to make it firm.

• Laying the Second Course

The next course contains staggering which is used for strength and joins the final layer of stone

• Back Filling of the Wall

There are gaps left between stones, you will have to fill them with an appropriate material. This will also help in the strength of the wall. 

• Installation of more Courses

If you want to continue the wall, then you can follow the same pattern and add more courses. 

• Completion of the Top of the Wall

Once you are done with the final layer, you are done with the wall. 

Our Recommendation

We recommend you follow the proper procedure while laying a stone wall because it is the guarantee of its strength.  

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