Retaining walls can bring both new aesthetics and functions to your property. Typically, a retaining wall is installed to prevent erosion. This is because retaining walls will hold soil in place, helping structure slopes and level other natural inclines. Retaining walls are also a great visual solution in landscaping and hardscaping. For example, a landscaping professional might build retaining walls to create different levels in a yard or garden or use the walls to create a pattern or flow for the property.
Today, we will review two popular retaining wall construction methods: segmented and timber walls.
Segmented walls are made up of smaller modular blocks (or segments) and can be made from various materials, although usually from concrete. One of the main advantages of using segmented walls is that they can be constructed quickly, with minimal disruption to the surrounding area. This also allows for flexibility in creating curves or transitions in your wall’s shape. Due to the nature of their structure, segmented walls will work best if you need taller walls for your project.
On the other hand, timber walls are made from wood and are constructed using beams and perpendicular supports. These walls can be constructed with a variety of timber beam sizes depending on the height and application. The perpendicular supports extend into the soil behind the retaining wall and provide the structural support for the face of the wall. If you’re looking for a wall without curves, timber may be a viable option for you.
One of the main advantages of timber walls is that they are relatively lightweight and install faster than many concrete walls making them potentially more cost effective. However, timber walls tend to have a shorter lifespan than segmented walls and may require more maintenance, including treatments to prevent natural rot and decay. Timber wall may deteriorate at a faster or slower rate depending on the typical climate in your area.
If you have environmental concerns, this can sway your decision when choosing between segmented and timber walls. Timber walls may have a smaller carbon footprint than segmented walls, as wood is a renewable resource.
In conclusion, the choice between segmented and timber walls will depend on where you live and your construction project’s specific requirements and constraints. To help sort through these questions, be sure to consult a professional hardscape team in your area.
Well Rooted Gardens has been serving Omaha, Nebraska, and the surrounding area since 2007. We can assist you in evaluating, installing, and upgrading your landscaping and hardscaping needs. Call us today to see just how simple breathing life back into your property can be at 402-800-7389!