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Retaining Walls: Practical or Aesthetic?

By Whirl Construction (446 words)
Posted in Retaining Walls/Pavers on March 24, 2017

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Landscaping your ideal yard takes a lot of time, planning, effort, and a fair injection of cash, too. That is why it is important to make careful decisions about the various aspects of your yard before implementing improvements. Retaining walls can be both practical or look good, or some sort of combination of the two. Deciding the correct type of retaining wall for your yard should take some thought and foresight.

If it’s a commercial property, you may not care so much about the way things look and care more about practicality. If it’s a garden that you want to landscape, well then it may be more about aesthetics.

The practical wall

The practical retaining wall is simply just that: practical. A practical retaining wall is used to “hold back” a section of soil behind it. Instead of removing extra soil and shaping the ground, or to tier the land, a retaining wall would be used. When there is a section of higher ground, and a section of lower ground, a retaining wall separates the two. Practical retaining walls are often made out of bare concrete, and do not have a particularly appealing presence. These types of retaining walls are especially popular in commercial properties.

The aesthetic wall

The aesthetic retaining wall is one that is put in place to make your yard look more attractive. These are used to create different areas within the landscape space, to add a more visually pleasing look. They are often made out of more interesting materials, such as wood, painted in different colors, or tiled. Aesthetic walls are not there primarily to serve a function, they are there to be pleasing to the eye.

The perfect balance

Ideally, retaining walls should be the perfect balance of both practical and aesthetically pleasing.  Retaining walls should be placed in areas that work with the environment around them, whether they be straight or curved, long or short,  many tiers or just the one. A plain concrete retaining wall may not be visually exciting but can be tweaked to make it look more appealing with its surroundings.

Whirl Construction has been in the landscape business for many years. We provide the public, as well as, businesses and local agencies, with visually appealing structures such as retaining walls, curbs, and gazebos. We can help come up with a great retaining wall plan for your site or yard, including materials and design, so that you can get the most visually appealing use of your space while at the same time being practical. Why not give us a call today to talk more about the landscaping plans for your site?

Comments (2)

Frank Damico posted on: February 12, 2019

Great content! We build retaining walls also here in Pittsburgh, pa and it’s the same process. Keep up the great work!

Thomas Clarence posted on: October 6, 2020

I appreciate you helping me to understand that retaining walls are used to hold soil back. Based on this information, I would assume that retaining walls are placed at the bottom of hills and drainage basins because that is where the ground can move the most. If your home is at the base of a hill, you wouldn't want it getting destroyed by erosion many years down the line.

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