10 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT RETAINING WALLS

10 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT RETAINING WALLS

Retaining wall installation in the Pittsburgh area is our specialty here at J Bird’s Landscaping! Deciding on which retaining wall you will use due to the investment in money can take some time and much thought. We want you to make an informed decision! Here are 10 things you should know about retaining walls that will help you to create the perfect wall with these professional retaining wall contractors in Pittsburgh!

  1. YOUR WALL SHOULD FIT YOUR LIFESTYLE

In the recent past, retaining walls have been boring, with no personality. Today, they can be used to create drama and multi-use spaces in your outdoor living area adding character and charm, all dependent on the design and materials you use.

  1. BE CREATIVE

A retaining wall can be curved, diagonal, and will add so much texture to your landscaping by not just being straight!

  1. SIZE

If you go big, be sure that your local municipality allows it: usually anything four feet or under does not need a permit. A large retaining wall adds so much drama to an outdoor space!

  1. TERRACES

Discuss with your landscaper a terrace, or a slow increase in height, if there is a slope in your yard.

  1. MANUFACTURED BLOCKS AND STONES WORK NICELY TOGETHER

A retaining wall built with manufactured blocks and stones stands out because the pieces fit together so nicely, smooth and well-put together. This is a way to put the retaining wall together, color coordinated and fit to your personality and taste.

  1. THE WALL NEEDS A SOLID BASE

The design team at J Bird’s will work with you to create a solid base that will keep your retaining wall in place for years. The base will be dug a few inches into the ground, filled in with gravel or stone, and will set the stage for your retaining wall.

  1. DRAINAGE

The professional retaining wall contractors in Pittsburgh will know how to add drainage to a retaining wall on a slope. 

  1. LEVEL THE WALL

The retaining wall must be level! Work with J Bird’s to be sure you have a level wall.

  1. BACKFILL

As they go, the professionals will add backfill to the retaining wall as they build it. This will add support to the wall and make it stronger.

  1. FINISHING TOUCHES

The professional retaining wall contractors in Pittsburgh will be able to add final touches to your unique wall once it is finished and installation is complete. A cap will be added once the back fill is added, giving the wall a nice finished touch.

Your retaining wall can be a reflection of you and your family, offering a glimpse of your creativity to the outside. These 10 things will help you work with J Bird’s Landscaping to create your perfect retaining wall in Pittsburgh and beyond.

 

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