Looking for ways to increase the value of your home?
Enhance your homes’ curb appeal by adding landscaping … particularly by adding function and aesthetic through retaining walls and patios.
There are two types of retaining walls: gravity walls and reinforced walls. A gravity wall is sometimes referred to as a “garden wall”. They are usually less than four feet in height and require no reinforcement. The weight and setback of the retaining wall block holds the wall in place. Reinforced walls are usually taller than four feet and/or may hold back slopes (prevent erosion or provide drainage) or have a surcharge (weight on top of the wall, like an upper patio or vehicle parking). A reinforced wall is designed by a state qualified engineer using geogrid (geosynthetic reinforcement). Once designed, most areas require that engineer to certify their wall design, that is called “stamped engineering”.
Hardscape Technical Services (HTS) works with engineers specializing in retaining wall construction. HTS provides two assistance programs: Stamped Engineering and Preliminary Design. The Stamped Engineering program assists homeowners and contractors who are building basic 8 foot and under retaining walls, which is 70% of walls being built. HTS helps obtain low cost engineering (usually saving clients between $250-$1000) and quick turnaround. Preliminary Designs are usually for larger retaining walls or walls that require special attention to extreme soil types, slopes, water conditions/drainage, or surcharges. These designs help contractors prepare accurate material estimations for project bids.
The professionals at HTS are certified in retaining wall construction through the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and are ready to assist you with your next retaining wall project.