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5 Inexpensive Retaining Wall Ideas

Aside from the aesthetic benefits of a retaining wall, in some cases it also has the potential to make an area much safer. Depending on how you implement the construction of a retaining wall, it has the potential to set you back if you don’t have an unlimited budget.

This blog will share 5 inexpensive retaining wall ideas, whilst supplying critical information to help you with your needs regarding retaining walls and concrete.

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What is the total cost of constructing a retaining wall?

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There is no definite answer to this, as there are too many factors that prevent a standardised price from being presented for a retaining wall. They are charged on a job-by-job basis. The factors that affect the price of a retaining wall include…

  • The height of the retaining wall.
  • The length of the retaining wall.
  • Where the retaining wall is located.
  • The cost of materials.
  • The cost of labour (which will vary depending on whom you choose to construct the retaining wall).
  • The cost of hiring machinery (If required).
  • The amount of time spent on the project as a whole.
  • Planning the retaining wall project, or making amendments to the plan once you begin collaboration.

These are the basic elements that come into play when it comes to the cost of a retaining wall. Please remember that there may be additional factors that affect the pricing.

Do retaining walls have costs after construction?

As long as your retaining wall is constructed correctly, it won’t need maintenance that needs regular payment, if any, to maintain it. However, you should check it regularly to ensure the walls are not bending over time, and that the drainage is working correctly.

Generally, the only time you would need to pay for anything after constructing a retaining wall is simply if it requires repairs.

5 inexpensive retaining wall ideas

1.   DIY

Buying the materials and equipment necessary and constructing the retaining wall yourself could save you money that would otherwise be spent on labour. However, there is a reason why this kind of work has a cost.

Building a retaining wall is not exactly simple. You will find that if you don’t have the experience of this, you could run into problems. That being said, there are many guides available online that can take you through the process step-by-step.

2.   Using Interlocking Concrete Blocks

Interlocking Concrete Blocks are a helpful alternative to certain structures that require brick and mortar to build. Interlocking Concrete Blocks do not require cement in order to join, they simply connect by aligning the studs and recesses at the top and bottom of the blocks, respectively.

Although heavy lifting equipment is generally required to place the blocks, the cost of using them may be cheaper. This is instead of using multiple workers, buying multiple bricks and enough cement. Incidentally, Interlocking Concrete Blocks can be quicker to use for construction as they have no binding materials that require drying.

3.   Research and get quotes

This isn’t exactly an inexpensive idea, but it will help you find the best possible deal. By simply acquiring quotes from multiple landscapers, you can ascertain who is willing to provide the best value for money.

In order to know if a landscaper is legitimate or not in the modern ages, you can quickly tell by…

  • Checking for reviews made by customers online.
  • Looking at their previous work.

4.   Natural stone retaining wall

As the name suggests, a natural stone retaining wall has the benefits of a retaining wall whilst maintaining a natural aesthetic by using stones. There are different types of natural stone retaining walls, regardless, for this to be done expertly, you would require the services of a landscaper.

But considering there would be fewer materials to use, and possibly less time taken to construct the retaining wall, this option may prove to be positive on the wallet.

5.   Wooden retaining wall

Depending on the wood you use, and the amount required, it could end up becoming a much cheaper job than if you were to use bricks. Additionally, you would only need a small amount of concrete to secure the posts, and nails to join the wood to the posts.

Good retaining walls vs bad retaining walls

A good retaining wall…

  • Has no puddles forming behind the wall when it rains.
  • Features drainage.
  • Is vertically straight.
  • Has no gaps in the wall.
  • It is secure and cannot be moved.

A bad retaining wall…

  • Has puddles forming behind the wall due to improper or no drainage.
  • It is bulging, or not vertically straight, due to a lack of reinforcement and proper drainage.
  • Has gaps in the wall.
  • Has leaks coming from the wall.
  • Individual parts of the wall can be moved.

It is worth remembering that some of the issues that can happen as a result of a bad retaining wall may not instantly happen. Certain issues, such as bulging or bending of a retaining wall, can happen over time.

This is why it is crucial to make sure every element of the retaining wall is as good as it can possibly be, from the foundations, to the draining, and the materials you use.

When should you not construct a retaining wall?

There are rare occasions in which a retaining wall should not be constructed. This would be in instances in which the construction could compromise an existing structure. Additionally, if the foundations of the retaining wall has the potential to damage existing piping, it may not be a good idea to construct over it.

Furthermore, depending on where the retaining wall is constructed, and what is near the area, it may require planning permission. Be sure to check the guidance regarding this if you are considering constructing a retaining wall.

Do I have to have a retaining wall?

Retaining walls are not a legal requirement for every space. For example, if you don’t want one in your back garden, there is no obligation to do so. However, depending on the steepness of the hill, it may be a good idea.

In instances like this, retaining walls make the slopes safe, reducing the chance of anyone slipping around it. Aside from this benefit, it can be a massive help if you want to do some landscaping. It can create room in an unorganised garden, the resulting space can be used to install other structures etc.

Construct a retaining wall today

As an established supplier all over the UK, PPC Concrete Products is always happy to help, which is why we encourage you to get in touch with any questions you may have or have a look at our FAQ.

In this blog, we hope to have shown you 5 inexpensive retaining wall ideas, whilst also providing additional information including construction solutions that we offer.

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