RETAINING WALLS

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 add interest to your yard.

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 determining which materials to use it is important to consider the aesthetics, longevity, and cost.  Although timber and railroad ties were once commonly used 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 retaining walls combine the best of durability and appearance at a comparable cost.

Here are a couple of things to keep in mind when considering retaining walls.  Pikes Peak Regional Building Department has rules about the height and spacing between retaining walls.  The maximum height of a retaining wall is 4 feet.  Any walls exceeding 4 feet in height must be designed and inspected by a licensed civil engineer.  Spacing between multiple retaining walls must be twice the height of the wall.  For example, if a wall is 3 feet high the next wall must be set 6 feet behind the first wall.  Give us a call and let our professionals help you integrate your steep slopes into a beautiful terraced landscape.

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