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What is a Retaining Wall?

A retaining wall is a wall made from brick or stone blocks. This type of wall is installed to prevent damage from surface runoff or erosion on elevated, angled, or sloped property. Retaining walls have both residential and commercial applications to prevent water and soil from shifting.

What Materials are Retaining Walls Made Of?

Commonly, retaining walls are made by using interlocking blocks of brick or stone, while some are made from poured concrete or wood. At J Bird’s Landscaping, we specialize in Precast and VERSA-LOK retaining wall systems.

What are the Benefits of Retaining Walls?

Retaining walls offer a variety of benefits. They protect exposed basements from the effects of erosion, preventing soil from blocking basement doors and windows. With many hills and valleys in the South Hills, retaining walls can keep the foundation of homes on top of a hill from shifting. Homes at the bottom of a hill can also benefit from retaining walls that keep loose soil from building up around the home. Other benefits include helping disperse water, providing a beautiful space for plants and vegetation, and providing a break from lawn maintenance.

My property is steeply graded. How can a retaining wall help?

Wil retaining walls, we can create a terraced pattern in your yard to help make the steep grading more manageable and give your lawn a more stylish look. The experts at J Bird’s Landscaping have extensive experience installing retaining walls on steep and severely sloped property in the South Hills.

How long does it take to build a retaining wall?

The amount of time it will take to build your retaining wall will depend on the conditions and needs of your property. On the one hand, you may only need a six-foot wall, or you may need a wall that goes across your entire yard. Our experts will evaluate your property and make recommendations on what will be the most beneficial and most appealing for your property.

How high should my retaining wall be?

There are many factors that will determine the height of your retaining. Some retaining walls only need to be 2 or 3ft high, whereas some commercial retaining walls can be 40ft or higher. The height of your retaining wall will ultimately depend on how much protection the retaining wall needs to provide. The experts at J Bird’s Landscaping will evaluate the needs of your South Hills property to determine the size of your retaining wall.

How long will my retaining wall last?

If you have a stone or brick retaining wall, you can expect it to last for decades. There are certain soil and weather conditions that can weaken your retaining wall. If you have your wall professionally installed and maintained, there shouldn’t be any issues with your retaining wall.

What is a segmental retaining wall?

Stone or brick blocks are expertly stacked in an interlocking pattern to create various segments along your wall. These blocks must be specifically positioned to ensure they fit correctly and create a sturdy and reliable final product.

What Type of Excavating or Digging is Done?

Once the construction project has been approved, permitted, surveyed, and staked out, the excavation contractor will come in and help with: Grading and smoothing the soil after foundations are poured and backfilled. This is down to ensure proper drainage is achieved and directed away from building driveways, sidewalks, and landscaping. Trenching. This digging is done for utility, pool, and foundation installation.  Backfilling. They will fill in soil around completed concrete work.  Hauling. Excavation contractors will work to remove any dirt or debris from the project site.  Demolition. If there are structures or obstructions on the site, excavating contractors will remove them without damaging the surroundings.

How is Land Prepared for Excavation?

Excavation contractors most commonly prepare sites for new home construction. To prepare the site, excavation contractors work with the utility companies, permit services, and land surveyors to ensure everything is in order for the excavating.  To prepare the site, excavators use heavy machinery to remove any obstacles such as logs, roots, brush, boulders, or trees that could get in the way of the construction.