Retaining Walls Greatly Improve Appearance of Portland Homes
Improving the appearance of your Portland home by adding or installing retaining walls can create a dramatic effect to the overall appearance of the property. Local Portland Masonry Contractor Sprenger Masonry shares tips on using retaining walls to improve your property value and attractiveness.
Retaining walls have an aesthetic and functional use but its primary purpose is to prevent the soil located in an elevated portion of your property from sliding downwards especially if the soil had been recently disturbed. These walls will also prevent erosion of the soil. You definitely need to install this type of wall if you live in an elevated area. But then, you can install it to improve the landscape of your property even if there is no elevation. Retaining walls can be installed at the entrance of your property to serve as your fence or at the back portion which will serve as your garden or a place where you and your family can relax and host a barbeque party with your family and friends during the summer.
There are different materials that can be used in building retaining walls of your property which will depend on your location, purpose, budget and the overall effect that you want to achieve. You can construct this wall by yourself if the wall is below 1 meter but if it is higher than that, you need the assistance of a professional since there are some components and procedures that need to be followed. If you will hire a contractor, choose someone who is an expert in constructing this type of wall. Let also your imagination guide you in choosing the material as well as the design of the wall.
Retaining walls are usually constructed with the use of prefabricated concrete blocks that you can purchase online or in a hardware store near you. Wood and stone blocks can also be used in building this type of walls. All of these materials have an advantage and disadvantages though there are many who prefer to use concrete blocks since it is more affordable than timber or wood. Concrete blocks is also preferred than natural stone blocks since it can be easily shaped and formed according to your specification. These concrete blocks are available in different shapes, textures, and colors too.
The size of the blocks that you will use also depends on how high the walls will be constructed. If you built shorter walls, you have to use smaller blocks and bigger blocks for walls that is higher than three feet. Use this type of material if you want decorative retaining walls rather than a functional one. These concrete blocks are designed to interlock with each other to make it sturdy and it is usually hollow so that cement can be poured into it. You also need to buy the concrete block cap with the same design as the blocks that you are using which will serve as a protection from the water that will seep through it.
When it comes to choosing a Portland masonry contractor to help with designing or installing your home's new retaining walls, we recommend choosing the professionals at Sprenger Masonry, who have many satisfied customers in the Portland area.