How do I know if my retaining wall is being built correctly? Top tips on a retaining wall!

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this decorative retaining wall and paver patio with paver steps

Archadeck of Charlotte designed and built this decorative retaining wall and paver patio with paver steps

There is more than one way to build a retaining wall! By sheer nature, people are and should be concerned if the money they are investing in a retaining wall is well spent or how do they know if it is being built properly?

Building codes vary by state but in the Carolina’s, once a retaining wall is constructed 4′ or taller, it requires an engineering letter/ design to ensure proper structural integrity is designed into the construction. Do not have it done without it.

There is more than one material that can be used as a retaining wall finish. One of the less expensive ways to construct a retaining wall is with landscape timbers that look like railroad ties. You will need “tie – backs” when you design this so that the wall holds properly.

Retaining wall block is commonly used as a masonry product. In addition, you can get the retaining wall block with a decorative stone finish on one side like the photo above. A more expensive but beautiful retaining wall can be block with actual stone applied to it, also a featured photo in this blog.

There are also drainage issues that need to be considered. A professional mason should be consulted with where they are going to put the “weep holes” so that the water pressure does not build against the wall or you don’t create a water fall unless you want one! To see great design ideas, go to https://www.charlotte.archadeck.com and go to our photo gallery!

Retaining wall with decorative stone and multi-level in Charlotte by Archadeck

Retaining wall with decorative stone and multi-level in Charlotte by Archadeck

Stone sitting walls and retaining walls can beautify and help with drainage issues…

We are designing and building more decorative and functional stone sitting walls and retaining walls around patios than ever. They serve more than one purpose! You obviously keep the dirt from eroding and give you a level patio. In addition, it can help redirect water for drainage issues.  Archadeck of Charlotte often gets involved in solving drainage issues and stone walls can certainly help if you know how to read the slope and install the proper foundation. We can give great advice and design ideas and look under patios in our photo gallery to see some wonderful pictures below. Finally, there is a variety of stone options that can make the wall gorgeous and you can even incorporate a fireplace or firepit as we have!  http://www.charlotte.archadeck.com or http://www.archadeckofcharlotte.com