At All American Concrete, we can install a variety of retaining walls. Retaining walls perform many functions, including the prevention of soil erosion by rain and ground instability. They also serve a decorative purpose and can be manufactured with beautiful natural stones or concrete blocks as well. These beautiful retaining walls can also add market value to your home or business. Retaining walls can be very practical and important for the integrity and appeal of your home so why would you trust any company to do the job. Trust the professionals at All American Concrete to install your retaining wall and enjoy the fruits of our work for years to come.
In this article I will go into detail why concrete walls are a good choice for temperate climates and modern homes. We see examples all day of poured concrete walls along highways, but rarely appreciate the skill involved. Many things can go wrong in the process so it is not an easy task to do this on a massive scale, as the Department of Transportation can attest to. The contractor must be experienced because it is a difficult solution for the retaining walls in the residential landscape. Contractors in areas of extreme weather conditions try to avoid this recommendation because heavy rains will destroy the whole wall. Cracks are also a big problem because patching them is so difficult that the entire wall can be a loss. In areas with better climate like southern California, there is more interest in this modern aesthetic design. An important factor is the ability of the concrete contractor. The forms have to be on perfect, otherwise you risk a wave or bulge in the wall so this can destroy the look of the project. In addition, the concrete has to be perfectly finished to a smooth surface that can be difficult because there are a lot of steel inside. This makes poured concrete retaining walls less of an ideal option for residential landscapes.
The resulting changes in processes for more reliable systems retaining walls and the use of a core CMU enables the landscaper to achieve a great look without the cost or risk. However, some architects still use poured concrete architectural elements in a modern house in its outer walls and retaining walls.
Landscape architects can use either method, but there is no doubt a 8 "concrete wall is stronger than an 8" block wall. For greater control of moisture penetration, additional mixtures can be used. For walls less than four feet, Simpson loop system will allow the walls to be quickly poured with a high degree of success. The downside is that it takes a long time to build the forms, but once you are up and the pour is completed, there is nothing else to do.
Most landscape architects today can achieve a similar appearance of poured concrete with a central block CMU plastering. They can use the plaster block with a hard spatula that looks identical to the poured concrete. Another option is to use the soft stucco which also look good.
If poured concrete is to be used, it must be designed by a landscape architect to ensure that all criteria is met for success. For example, if waterproofing fails and causes moisture to discolor the wall face, it can be stripped, repaired and recovered to look like new. Poured concrete walls also provide the opportunity to achieve very creative and unique finishes.
The architect specify the footing which will extend outwardly from the face of the wall or the rear will influence the planting base of the wall face. Drainage problems for lawns can develop if the base is too large. It also prevents digging holes for planting shrubs and trees. For this reason, your designer will coordinate the size and dimensions of the base that runs along the side of the retaining wall to accommodate any limitations.
We will work with you closely to design a retaining wall that meets your needs and budget. We will present a detailed project plan and make adjustments to better meet your needs and desires. Once the design plan is approved and the solution works for you, we will begin the installation process. Customer satisfaction is our number one goal and we do not leave until you are completely satisfied with the functionality and design of your retaining wall.
If you don't know what design would work best for your property, it's not a problem. Our experts can provide you with some models and inspiration. We have many examples of previous work and photos showing our capabilities. There are several types of stone and concrete blocks to choose from so you are sure to find one that appeals to your personal style. Give us a call today to speak with one of our representatives if you have questions. We can also repair retaining walls, saving you a ton of money.
Contacting the experts in Killeen when it comes to concrete solutions should be one of the easiest steps, so All American Concrete demonstrates our commitment to this idea by providing you with the means to getting results quickly and efficiently when you call into our offices. We shoot you straight and with a no nonsense quote and a timeline that it can be completed. Whether you’re in Killeen, Belton, Temple, Harker Heights, Kempner, or Copperas Cove, we will work hard to make your outdoor dreams a reality. If you want to enhance the use, function and beauty of your outdoor spaces, contact us for a free estimate.