Retaining Soil with A Concrete Retaining Wall
Concrete retaining walls are normally constructed to retain soil against a natural slope, which is useful for a wide variety of construction projects.
Mountain passes and residential houses built in undulating areas are only two examples of where concrete retaining walls are ideal solutions to keep the natural slope at bay. These structures are incredibly important to the safety and stability of the surrounding buildings, roads, or supported surfaces. Their structural integrity must be solid to ensure that the slope does not collapse.
The correct construction of a concrete retaining wall starts with a civil engineer drawing up plans for the specific area in which such a structure would be needed. The engineer is trained to calculate the different loads that affect such a structure, which directly influence its design and layout. Once an ideal design and layout are drawn up, the plans are certified and construction can begin. Since these structures are built layer by layer, it is pivotal to ensure that the layout is accurate and each layer perfectly executed before the next row of bricks can be laid down.
Concrete retaining-wall bricks (CRBs) are used to construct these structures. These blocks feature a hollow section to allow for soil movement within them. The hollow sections also stabilise minor soil movement, much like a civil bearing allows limited movement in a bridge. We offer a selection of these blocks for sale and can supply your business with the necessary ones to build such a structure. Besides their traditional uses as described above, these CRBs can also be used for creating retention ponds for construction sites or aquaculture farming.
When constructing a concrete retaining wall, it is always important to keep the surrounding areas in mind. Should this structure collapse during or after construction, it can have devastating effects – and cause loss of life. Therefore, the initial process involves laying a sound foundation for such a structure. The foundation’s depth and width will be dependent on the size of the structure and the plans drawn up by the engineer for the specific project. Normally, such a foundation is a concrete slab that is laid in a dug trench to match the specific dimensions and specifications of the approved plans.
Our selection of concrete retaining-wall blocks starts with the MVA 7. This block has a rectangular shape with two hollowed-out sections for optimal soil retention. This block also features a front-facing section that is higher than the rest of the block to limit soil loss. The MVA 7 can be used for open- or closed-face constructions, with our Slider Panel being an excellent addition for closed-face projects. We also have the MVA 13, which is a rounded type of CRB. This block features a concave side to allow for easy interlocking and stability.
MVA Bricks is your first choice regarding building materials for concrete retaining walls. We also have a selection of paving bricks and kerbs to choose from. For more information on our available CRB products, please browse our website for details on each individual product. Choose us for your next construction project and make use of quality building materials.