Did you know retaining walls are for more than restraining soil and preventing erosion? It’s true, retaining walls have a main function, but they also have many uses. People often have walls installed solely for aesthetics.
It’s nice to have something for a home that is pleasing to the eye and makes a positive difference in the landscape.
One of the most underused retaining wall ideas is the shorter type. These walls are not tall, some as low as 2-3 ft. The idea is to accent a stone stairway and showcase some plants at the top of the wall. These shorter walls still have function without being enormous. You might see them along the side of a home to add some charm!
If you have ever had your car all cleaned up only to run through a muddy spot in your driveway, you know it is not funny. This can happen when heavy rains wash mud and debris down a slope to part of your driveway. You can either give up having a clean car or have a retaining wall installed. The wall will keep the dirt away from your driveway and your shiny wheels. You’ll have a clean driveway, a beautiful wall, and a spiffy vehicle.
Another terrific use of a retaining wall is to lead pedestrians to an entrance of some sort. Next time you notice an entryway to a library, apartment complex, or business take a look to see what led up to the entryway. Chances are the designers put a wall in as a “runway” for the eyes. Without you even knowing it, a fancy wall lured you somewhere to do business or check out a book.
Have you ever run out of seats at a backyard cookout? What if you had extra seats without having to store a pile of chairs when not using them? A retaining wall that keeps the backyard easy to manage can also include a lovely bench across the patio edges. This is a great way to get the most out of a retaining wall. If you are already in the market for one, then get all the use out of the investment possible.
A simple use of a retaining wall for esthetics only is to partially enclose a patio. This gives the hangout area some borders. It also makes the patio feel cozy and welcoming. And that’s what you want your family and guests to feel when they come over. This is a case where a retaining wall is put in with no function in mind and everyone is happy.
Thinking about putting a retaining wall in front of your property or in the backyard? Call us today at 215-919-6600 and set up an appointment for a free estimate!
This last good idea will save a lot of weed whacking and possible injury. A retaining wall along a steep bank will make mowing the lawn easy. Imagine not having to trim a 40-ft long bank or risk flipping a mower on top of yourself. Plus, a nice stone retaining wall in front of a lush field of turf will make the path to your cookout even better.
Call us today at 215-919-6600 for more ideas on retaining walls for your home or business.