A retaining wall in Newton is an ideal way to expand your outdoor living space, create a landscaping feature and protect your home from excessive water runoff, during storms or seasonal snow melts. Our team specializes in masonry construction and repairs. So, whether you are looking to install a new retaining wall or need to have an existing one restored, we are here to serve you with outstanding customer service and nearly 40 years of trusted experience.
Retaining walls are built to prevent the erosion, encroachment or collapse of soil in locations where sloping gradients of land must be contained, in order to preserve the space and integrity of a yard or to prevent the flooding of a home. For instance, if your house was located at the bottom of a small hill, and your back yard was created by excavating and planing the lower portion of the hill, you would need a retaining wall to keep the earth from heaving forward and refilling the excavated space. A retaining wall in Newton would additionally protect your yard from becoming a soggy, muddy mess.
The Four Major Components
- Base: The base of a retaining wall in Newton is built below ground, and its size is based upon the height of the barrier that is being built. The taller the barricade, the deeper and wider the base.
- Masonry Units: Your wall can be built using a variety of different masonry units, including bricks, pavers and natural stone. The material you choose should complement the style and setting of your landscape.
- Backfill: Extending from the ground level to the top of the wall, a solid foot of backfill is used to separate the backside of the masonry units from the natural soil. The backfill component aids in proper drainage and prevents excessive water from pushing the barricade forward and causing it to bulge, crack or collapse.
- Drainage Pipe: Perforated drainage pipes are used to direct water that gathers behind the wall into proper channels. Water can be channeled to the main drain line of your home or to a designated exit point that allows it to run into the gutter system of the street.
Different Types of Retaining Walls
The gravity-style retaining wall in Newton is used for installations that will only reach approximately 3 to 4 feet in height. And, as the name suggests, it is held in place and functions by the benefit of its own weight/mass. Gravity-style barricades are built with wider bases and become narrower towards their tops. This type of barrier is very common and complementary to our New England heritage.
Cantilevered walls are used to hold back larger and higher masses of earth, and they are constructed using reinforced concrete with a footing that extends into the base of the mounded soil that will be contained. Imagine taking a large “L” and pushing its lower portion into the ground; that’s exactly what this design is like. The pressure of the earth bearing down on the cantilevered footing actually keeps the wall in place. And, once installed, the face can be adorned with brick, pavers or natural stone.
An anchored retaining wall in Newton is created by digging a base, building a masonry barrier, driving cables into the earthen mound behind the wall and then expanding the ends mechanically or by injecting concrete to create a series of bulbous anchors to hold the barricade in place. This design is often used in situations when the profile of the structure must be slender but expected to contain a heavy load of soil.
Accessorizing Your Barricade
You can turn your retaining wall in Newton into a stylish centerpiece for your back yard or garden by incorporating a water feature or bench into its construction. Terraced retaining walls can be built with stairways to make the individual levels of the terrace design useful. You can use one level for a patio and turn the next into a flower or vegetable garden.
If you have an existing retaining wall in Newton that needs to be repaired, or if you would like to learn more about the benefits of installing a masonry barricade on your property, call us today. We would be glad to discuss your options and help you design and build your project.