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Are you looking for Wood Retaining Walls in Anaheim? Wood retaining walls are a great way to reshape slopes on your property. They create level areas for driveways, gardens, paver patios, children’s play area and decks. Wood retaining walls also keep soil and vegetation away from established structures.
Basics of Low Wood Retaining Walls
A low wood retaining wall does not need tie-backs to be pegged into the slope, unlike many of what are termed ‘four-by-four’ timber retaining walls. Low wood retaining walls do not rely on weight, plus a slight tilt, to hold back slopes, which are often required by brick or cement walls. Post holes are dug using the same process as if you were digging for a fence post. The boards are then nailed across the backs of the posts, just as they would be on a wooden fence.
Keeping the wall and soil height at 24 to 30 will prevent the collapse of your retaining wall, while still creating level features in your garden. Wood retaining walls bring natural beauty, structure, and stability into gardens and landscaping projects. They are less expensive than the more common masonry or concrete walls.
What is the cheapest retaining wall material?
Retaining wall materials vary in cost, but typically pine is the cheapest at $250 per meter. However, it too has disadvantages. The least expensive material for a wood retaining wall is treated pine. However, it won’t hold up as long as other materials like cedar and redwood. If galvanized posts are installed between the tiered, then the life expectancy will be increased.
Hardwood is a more expensive wood type than treated pine. Make sure the quality of treatment is sufficient if you want to keep it looking (and staying) fresh. Railway sleepers are another slightly more expensive option and built to withstand ground and water contact. Remember that there is a higher cost going with certain materials over others, since they will not last as long. Treated pine and hardwoods may only be temporary solutions in some cases.
The average lifespan of a wood retaining wall is between 20-40 years, whereas a stone load will last much longer. If you want your wooden retaining wall to last as long as possible and not require replacement due to water or pest damage, it’s best if the retaining wall is rated HR5. Anything less than this rating won’t have great longevity.
Are wood retaining walls good?
Wood retaining walls provide structure, stability, natural beauty and a low price. Wood retaining walls continue to be popular for their natural look with relatively inexpensive and installation costs compared with heavier masonry or concrete.
What kind of wood should I use for a retaining wall?
The best kind of lumber for these walls is Douglas fir pressure treated with preservatives to discourage rot. It will be green or brown in color and rated for earth-to-wood contact. Large timbers are expensive, which is why railroad ties are a common alternative.
Water and Moisture Drainage
When installing a wood retaining wall, drainage is key. Not only must the grade be appropriate on both sides of the gravel base (to avoid water collecting and pooling), but there must also be adequate clearances for gutters to drain over or under the wall.