Retaining Wall Applications for Sloped Landscapes

Pavers aren’t only functional as walkways, patios and driveways, they can also be used to build retaining wall structures. Not only does Cambridge offer six wallstone systems with ArmorTec to choose from- MaytRx, Pyzique, VyKing, Ledgestone, Olde English and Sigma- but each collection can serve a variety of purposes for homeowners and commercial property owners alike.

Wallstones aren’t only great for creating divider walls (homes) or large-scale, engineered Segmental Retaining Walls (SRW), they also can help keep soil even on areas that slope so your outdoor space, whether it be a garden, terracing the property or creating a soil barrier. For example, with the Pyzique wallstone system, you can create tree rings or garden borders. With MaytRx, you can build freestanding walls, as well as steps and columns.

In short, retaining walls can greatly increase yard space for homeowners with hilly and/or sloped yards, or those who have little in their backyard at the moment and want to spruce the space up. It’s important to consult experts who are familiar with building walls/structures, who have an in-depth knowledge of what kind of wallstone system can benefit which outdoor space.

Though retaining walls are often used for aesthetic reasons or to create extra seating, we’ll be going over how wallstones can be used specifically for holding back soil on uneven, sloped or hilly property. Long Island’s Suffolk and Nassau counties, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut feature terrain that lends itself wonderfully to walls of this type.

Here are a few common questions residents have regarding wallstone projects.

Does my property need a retaining wall?

You may want to consider finding out more about retaining wall if your property is sloped, and the water run off from rain begins to erode the hillside.

How do I know where to have a retaining wall installed?

You aren’t expected to know exactly where one would work best- don’t make any judgment unless you happen to be very experienced in these sort of projects. For all others, contact a landscape architect or structural engineer and request that they insect the site. Contact the experts at Island Block & Masonry Supply- we’ll identify problem areas; we’re the go-to guys for installations.

Can a retaining wall eventually buckle and fall?

Yes. However, as long as the professionals take the proper measures to safeguard against failure, then it is unlikely. Retaining walls usually fall gradually, so it’s important to inform the architect/engineer if a vehicle or structure will be anywhere near the finished wall. The installer will likely add some backup to prevent the tops of the wall from eventually tipping and falling, protecting against property damage and personal injury.


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