Retaining walls serve a variety of purposes from holding a foundation in place to protecting areas of property from sliding soil. They can also be used to add surface area to boundaries or to simply preserve the ground that exists and because retaining walls are usually one of the most conspicuous elements of a home’s exterior appearance, most property owners want them to be as visually appealing as they are functional.
Luckily for most property owners, there are different types of available materials that can be used for building retaining walls which makes it possible to get the job done irrespective of your budget. But before building a retaining wall there are a number of factors that need to be considered most importantly of which is the cost.
Basically, a retaining wall is no different from every other minor construction project. The cost of the various factors that contribute to make up the construction of a retaining wall will now be looked at.
Materials: You have a wide selection of options that you can exercise in choosing the kind of materials you wants to use. You can decide to go for function, aesthetic appeal or both. But it is noteworthy that while having a good-looking retaining wall is great, it’s also important to strike a balance between functionality and visual appeal.
It would be an utter waste of time and resources to sacrifice functionality on the altar of aesthetics. For instance, wood-based retaining walls may not be the most prudent choice if excessive moisture is a problem as termites and wood decay may quickly decrease the lifetime of the wall.
Labor: The cost of labor can quickly spike as a result of different factors. These factors can range from the height of the wall to how easily workers can access the site. If a fence or gate has to be removed in order to convey materials to the project site or if the dirt removed has to be disposed of elsewhere other than on the project property, then the cost of labor will most likely increase
Miscellaneous costs: These costs consist of specific tools needed to carry out work during construction or even extra materials to fortify the wall itself. For example, clay-laden soil retains water much more than those with less clay. This extra water weight demands that some retaining walls be constructed with additional materials so that the weight can be distributed evenly across the wall to prevent any mishap. Estimated reasonable miscellaneous costs run in the range of about a dollar per square foot.
As regards cost, the price of erecting a retaining wall in the Pittsburgh area ranges widely and is dependent on a number of factors such as the length and height of the wall and how it is constructed, materials to be used, the type of land on which it is to be installed among others.
You can build one for under $2,500 while others can cost as much as $12,000. Keep in mind, however, that the average national cost for building a retaining wall is around $6,000.
Dry stone walls are the cheapest followed by poured concrete walls. The most expensive kind of walls to erect are Masonry walls because they take the most time and effort to erect.
If you have difficulty in making the right choice, Damico’s Landscaping can help you choose the right material with the best blend of functionality and visual appeal. We give you a range of colors to choose from for our Versa Lok block, Patio Pavers to Omni stone for the patios and we use top of the line products through RI Lampus in order to ensure a highly functional and aesthetically appealing wall that can last for years.
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