There are a few different reasons you might choose a retaining wall. This commonly happens when your property has a slope or challenging layout. A retaining wall on such occasions can give you more usable space by creating more flat areas.
What is a Retaining Wall?
A retaining wall is any wall that sustains significant lateral soil pressure. The term retaining wall, however, commonly applies to a cantilever retaining wall that is freestanding with no lateral support at its top.
Types of Retaining Walls
- Cantilevered Walls – The most common type of retaining wall, a cantilevered wall is made from steel-reinforced concrete or mortared masonry and works on the principles of leverage.
- Gravity Walls – The oldest type of retaining wall, a gravity wall relies on the weight of its own mass to withstand lateral pressure from the retained material.
- Sheet Pile Walls – Commonly used in temporary deep excavations, sheet pile walls consist of steel sheet piles that are driven into a depth that is sufficient to counter the force which tries to push over the wall.
- Anchored Earth Walls – Also known as soil nail walls or tie-back walls, anchored earth walls employ deep cable rods or wires that driven deep in the earth and held in place by friction.
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