Given the rolling topography of the Front Range most home sites need retaining walls to create flat outdoor spaces in order to increase usability, redirect surface flow, or to add interest to your yard.
Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when considering creating terraces for walls. Pikes Peak Regional Building Department has rules about the height and spacing between walls. The maximum height of a retaining wall is four feet. Any walls exceeding 4 feet in height must be designed and inspected by a licensed civil engineer. Spacing between multiple retaining walls is recommended to be twice the height of the wall. For example, if a wall is 3 feet high the next wall should be set 6 feet behind the first wall.
Retaining wall materials
Stone, concrete block, and wood are the most commonly used materials for retaining walls. Fredell Enterprises utilizes stone for most projects because of the beauty, durability, and natural appearance they provide to the landscape.
When considering different materials consider the aesthetics, longevity, and cost. Timber and railroad ties were once commonly used, but their track record for durability and life-span has proven to be lousy. Concrete block can hold up well but very often has an industrial or commercial appearance. Stone walls combine the best of durability and appearance at a comparable cost.
If you are considering having retaining walls built on your property let one of our experienced professionals give you an estimate for the best solution.
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