Even though the concept of a retaining wall may sound very technical and confusing, it’s actually one of the most common and enjoyable landscaping elements for property owners. It serves both a practical and aesthetic purpose; it adds beauty to your landscaping design through customization and usefulness while at the same time protecting your soil and adding functionality and multi-level landscaping design possibilities that may otherwise be impossible.
Retaining walls can be made from a variety of materials, including concrete, bricks and mortar, wood, as well as natural stone. While these options may be a quick-fix for your retaining wall needs, it’s no surprise that using stone pavers can add aesthetic value as well as extended durability to your retaining wall.
A main benefit of paver retaining walls as opposed to concrete or rubber is that you will have yourself an eco-friendly retainer wall that is more durable, lower maintenance, and chemical-free.
Let’s take a closer look at why paver retaining walls are better for your property and examine some of the benefits they will provide.
Do Retaining Walls Help Deter Erosion?
On the practical side, retaining walls offer a vital element of protection to your landscaping design by helping to avoid soil erosion and flooding problems.
Lawn and landscaping maintenance requires a variety of things, including fertilization, weed control, trimming and pruning, among others. Investing time, energy, and money into these areas can be frustrating if you find that you begin to have problems with flooding and soil erosion, as this grave issue can easily overturn all of that hard work you’ve put into your property.
Retaining walls, when designed effectively, helps deter this by redirecting the water during storms so that it doesn’t create damaging puddles or pools on your lawn or around your home. Over time, this erosion can even affect the foundation of your home, weakening the stability of the land on which your home is built. This can cause even more distress down the line. If your home aesthetic isn’t your priority, retaining walls can help to protect the foundation of your home, making them a valuable addition to your property.
While we normally think of our lawn as “landscaping,” retaining walls are designed using hardscaping materials, and some of the best of those are pavers, which allow for an interlocking design which adds to both aesthetic and functionality. The principal design element is the interlocking block or paver design. Interlocking paver retaining walls are extremely durable in all climates and will offer your property more protection over time as weather can wear on your landscape without a solid foundation.
Why Are Paver Retaining Walls Better For Design?
Now that we’ve discussed an important practical reason for paver retaining walls, let’s discuss how they might offer your property a better aesthetic than synthetic materials.
Using interlocking bricks or stones for retaining walls offers a more seamless experience in terms of blending the wall in with your landscape. The look of your yard will appear more natural and more cohesive as a whole. Because you are able to customize the design of your interlocking paver retaining walls, working together with a design expert is an enjoyable experience and they can help you to create exactly the landscape you’re looking for and make sure that it’s doable on your property.
Not only that, there are many practical benefits to using pavers for retaining walls.
As we can see, there are many ways that using paver stones or bricks for retaining walls can add not only an element of beauty and congruity but also practicality to your property. Working together with a skilled retaining wall designer will add huge value to your outdoor spaces.
Can I Build My Own Paver Retaining Wall?
The benefits of retaining walls with pavers are plentiful, but trying to create a fun D-I-Y project can actually end up costing you-- and your property-- in the end.
One issue you may run into is the proper building permits. Without the proper knowledge on this, you may find yourself in a world of trouble. Hiring a professional to take care of these issues is a huge benefit and can save you a few headaches.
You’ll also have to buy a variety of tools in order to do the job, which can end up being unnecessary if you don’t plan on doing this kind of work in the future.
Furthermore, if you aren’t knowledgeable enough about how to properly angle your retaining wall, the compaction of soil using a plate compactor, or properly creating drainage, you will cause insurmountable damage to your property, which will then end up costing you more time, energy, and capital to restore your land.
All in all, hiring a professional from Coquitlam Retaining Walls to design and build your retaining wall with pavers will save you time, add valuable knowledge to your property and landscaping design, as well as avoid costly restorations in the event you cause damages in your building process.