Retaining walls are nothing new they have been around a long time. The interesting fact about retaining walls is the way they are manufactured and the latest technology. To begin with I am a NCMA certified installer. I see lots of walls every day, some are falling down and some are good. The problem with retaining walls is this, if they aren’t installed properly they will collapse and fixing a collapsed wall is more expensive than doing it right the first time. I can’t emphasize this too much. They are not only dangerous but can actually reduce the value of your property. Don’t do it yourself, get a professional some of the blocks we use weigh more than 80# and setting them is nothing short of frustrating.
We deal a number of companies that manufacture retaining wall block. Blocks come in an assortment of colors and styles; they can be mixed with different color combinations to contrast your pavers, they don’t have to always match. All of the companies we deal with have a lifetime warranty on them so no worries. I recently did an estimate on a wall that the homeowner did himself, the wall was fine but the blocks were falling apart. You get what you pay for in this field. Most companies keep making the same color and types so we can always reorder and add on at a later date.
One more thing about retaining walls is the type of wall. Regular walls tend to hold back dirt, whether it’s for a flower bed or a driveway. Another type is a freestanding wall. These walls can be installed around a patio or walkway and are used for sitting in fact I nicknamed them sitting walls. Sitting walls can actually save you money using them for a chair instead of buying new patio furniture. Just suppose you want to have a small cookout in December just use the sitting walls instead of bringing out the patio furniture, also if done correctly your guest will often rather sit on them than in a patio chair. These walls look the same on both sides as opposed to the regular walls that only have one good side.
See our fine collection of segmental block retaining walls.