Every day, people throughout the Kansas City area rely on their retaining walls for a wide variety of reasons. These landscaping features are installed on a property to ensure that your land stays where it’s supposed to.
Of course, a good retaining wall offers much more than that. When properly installed, retaining walls add aesthetic layers to gardens that make the flowers pop. For properties with poor drainage, a retaining wall can help keep the slope of the land flowing in the right direction. There are several logical and visual motives behind adding a retaining wall. As a result, contractors can build one of several types of retaining walls in Kansas City to meet your specific needs. You just need to get an idea of what kind you’ll need. Here’s how to choose.
Gravity walls are rigid structures that run in either a straight or a curved line. Because gravity walls rely on their mass, they are often made from heavy materials like stone or concrete. Gravity walls lean toward the soil they’re trying to keep in place. Because of the relatively simple nature of a gravity wall, it’s the most commonly used retaining wall when clients need something that’s four feet or shorter.
That said, when properly constructed, a gravity wall can easily climb to 10 feet with little trouble. (Just make sure you have permission to build that high!)
Cantilevered walls are one of the strongest, most space-saving types of retaining walls in Kansas City. They look like an upside-down T—or at least, that’s what they look like before the top bar is buried under the ground. Then they simply look like an ordinary wall, only with the strength to support masses of dirt up to 25 feet high.
For those interested in saving material, you should know that cantilevered walls typically require less material than gravity walls.
Segmental retaining wall
When commercial properties or residential communities need retaining walls that can secure land up to heights of 40 feet, they turn to segmental retaining walls. These massive structures are made from factory-formed concrete. They are so heavy that they can be dry-stacked (i.e., without the use of mortar). Though enormous, segmental retaining walls still come in various colors and textures to ensure that they meet every buyer’s aesthetic needs.
The right retaining walls for you!
You shouldn’t have to get a new education to pick a beautiful retaining wall design in Kansas City that’s perfect for your needs. That’s our job! At MSE Hardscape Design and Installation, we have more than 15 years of experience providing retaining walls to residential and commercial clients alike. In fact, we’re so trusted that our clients rely on us for all types of retaining walls in Kansas City.
Beyond our expertise with retaining walls, you can count on us to offer custom masonry work, concrete and stone pavers, outdoor kitchens and pizza stoves, patios and more! You deserve top-notch work. That’s why we’re here. Call MSE Hardscape Design and Installation today!