Top Benefits of Installing Retention Walls
If you plan to give your garden a facelift, think about the value of a retention wall. It can be both aesthetically pleasing and exceptionally functional. Consider installation if you have a steep slope and want to prevent soil erosion or a landslide during the rainy season. This type of structure can be installed in any area where there is a high lying area adjacent to a lower lying area, such as a parking lot at the foot of a slope.
In landscaping, the retention wall can be used to create emphasis and extra planting space, to improve the aesthetics of a sloped area, or as a feature at a pond. It can be installed to prevent the water and soil from the higher lying area of the neighbour’s garden from ruining your garden because of flooding or erosion. Below is a more in-depth discussion of the benefits of a retention wall.
Protection Against Run-Off
A retention wall’s main purpose is to protect property and structures from soil movement, flooding, and rockfall. The correct installation and usage of the right materials are essential to ensure the integrity of the wall. If done by a professional who uses quality materials from a trusted supplier, the wall adds value and structural safety to a property.
These types of structures are not only functional, but exceptionally pleasing to the eye. Although the rainfall in South Africa is far below that of Europe, there are times when high rainfall is experienced over a short period. Without supporting structures in place, the soil from higher lying areas is eroded and dangerous mud slides can occur.
Of course, soil erosion also causes unsightly and uneven areas. Retention structures are the perfect solutions for the prevention of run-off. Small slopes next to houses, play areas, parking lots, and even roads can be made safe through the use of retention walls.
Prevent Sink Holes and Improve the Stability of Slopes
Slopes, hills, and cliffs form part of the geographical layout of many areas in South Africa. Instead of risking the stability of structures or having to deal with uneven parking areas, retention walls are installed to keep soil back. With such in place, sloped areas can be stabilised, and unsightly sink holes prevented. With some types of concrete retainer wall blocks, soil can be added in the hollow centres. It is thus possible to plant flowers, vegetables, and ground covering in the holes. You thus win landscape area while minimising the risk of sink holes because of water run-off and soil erosion.
Prevent Flood Damage
Slight water run-off can be channelled, but what about uncontrolled flow after heavy rains? The force, volume, and speed of water run-off during heavy rains can cause structural damage to the buildings on the property. It helps to slow down the water run-off and to filter such into the soil. As such, the structure can be seen as a type of barrier against excessive water flow.
Reduce Maintenance of The Landscaped Area
Nothing can be more frustrating than having to fill holes, repair structural damage, and remove plant debris from the garden after heavy rains and consequent water run-off. The structure is easy to maintain, and because it is in place, reduces maintenance, such as having to remove plant debris from the paved area after heavy rains.
A properly designed and installed retention wall serves important functions. The first step towards experiencing the benefits discussed in this article is to find the right materials from a trusted supplier. We recommend viewing our portfolio of CRBs, which come in a wide range of colours and types. Give us a call for information on our specials and the affordability of our superior-quality products.