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Retainer walls can protect your yard from soil erosion and other natural elements while also adding to the style of your home’s exterior. Choose your materials wisely: They need to withstand all weather climates and soil pressure. If you’re shopping for a retainer wall for your home, read up on the following: More 
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What retainer wall type and style should I consider?
If you’re considering a retainer wall for functional purposes, you’ll likely need one designed for structural purposes. Since they require reinforcement components, it’s best to find one professionally built versus building one yourself. These styles need to be dense, and durable. However, if you’re looking to include a retainer wall for aesthetic reasons, you can choose a decorative wall. These styles don’t require the functional necessities of a structural wall, so you can easily build it yourself if you desire.

What designs can I choose from?
Two main types of retaining wall designs exist: gravity and segmental wall design. Gravity walls are non-reinforced wall designs that retain soil behind a small wall and work well for small gardens or elevated garden beds. Walls should not exceed four feet tall. Segmental wall designs are reinforced to handle heavier pressure, such as that imposed by a steep hill. They can be more than four feet tall, and should be designed by an engineer.

What material should I consider for my retainer wall?
Depending on your aesthetic preference and wall function, you can choose from several different materials for your retainer wall. The most important qualities to assess are resistance to fire, water damage, and impact. Read below to learn more about each.
• Wood and timber: Whether for functional or decorative purposes, wood and timber are easy to install and long lasting if properly treated. This is one of the most common materials used for retainer walls.
• Concrete: Available in a wide range of styles, concrete blocks and units are low in cost, easy to install and surprisingly lightweight. You can choose from interlocking, hollow, solid or half hollow styles, all which can be customizable to your choice.
• Natural stone blocks: With a unique look all their own, natural stone blocks are usually the most expensive choice for retainer wall material. They’re available in blocks, units, irregular or regular shapes.
• Stone blocks: Produced in shapes, sizes and textures that replicate real stone, stone blocks are manmade and less expensive.
• Brick: Pest, weather and fire-resistant, brick retainer walls are versatile and durable to stand the test of time. They also don’t rot or corrode and in terms of style have timeless appeal.

Where is the best place to use a retaining wall?
Retainer walls are functional in many areas of the yard. Consider a landscape retaining wall to highlight and elevate your garden. Or build a terrace retaining wall to create an outdoor living space for patios, courtyards, barbecue areas and entertaining spots. You may even consider a retaining wall up a flight of stairs you have a sloped landscape.

How much might a retainer wall cost?
Like other home design projects, these expenses are dependent on the building materials, wall design and height, and labor. The best way to cut costs is by choosing a stone wall or natural stone, or building the wall yourself instead of hiring a landscaper.
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