One of the main reasons for constructing a retaining wall is to prevent soil erosion. Retaining walls are built to hold the soil, sometimes on a slope, keeping the land in place, including after heavy rains. In addition to retaining the soil around your home, some retaining walls also help protect your home from structural damage. Plus, some people construct a retaining wall to block off entertainment or outdoor areas. At J&A Services, a masonry company in Baltimore County, we are here to make sure that your retaining wall is a beautiful as it is functional.
Types of Retaining Walls
Retaining walls are a common feature in many neighborhoods. Fortunately, throughout the years the appearance of retaining walls has come a long way. Today you have options for attractive walls, many finished in brick or stone.
A cavity wall, for example, is built entirely out of brick. Two rows of brick are laid out on the same foundation with a gap in between for steel that runs from the foundation to the top of the wall. Next, to strengthen the structure, the gap is filled with grout or concrete. Finally, the wall is covered with brick or stone for a neat, attractive finish.
CMU (Concrete Masonry Unit) blocks are used to construct block core walls. This method involves filling the cells of the blocks with steel and concrete. The outside of the structural block is then covered with brick or decorative stone. CMU walls are less costly than the cavity wall method since less brick is required in the overall construction process. These walls are not only beautiful but also strong and easy to waterproof.
Masonry Details Create Decorative Walls
Block core retaining walls can be constructed with whole brick, half brick or thin brick veneers. Whole brick walls share the same features as cavity walls but they are not as expensive as cavity walls. These walls can be clad in brick or stone for a more attractive finish.
For a half brick retaining wall, the width of a half brick helps it stand firm against a block wall. Using bricks in this manner makes for a cost-effective option. Finally, thin brick veneers or stone veneers may be applied to a retaining wall. Available in a variety of colors and patterns, these products are manufactured from a wide range of recycled and lightweight materials.
Looking for a Masonry Company in Baltimore County?
There are many attractive and creative options for retaining walls that compliment your home and property. If you need a new or replacement retaining wall, discover J&A Services. Our team of professionals are happy to come out and discuss your project. Contact us today for a free estimate!