Deciding which wall liner to use for your retaining wall can be a complicated decision. There are several materials you can use as a wall liner. The material you choose depends not only on your desired use but also on availability. Your budget is another important factor you will have to keep in mind before you make a decision. Read on to learn about the different materials you can choose from to use as retaining wall liners.
Mortar-less and Dry-stacked Concrete
One of the most basic materials being used for wall systems is mortar-less dry-stacked concrete. They are manufactured in a way that they can fit together easily without cement. This is achieved by giving the blocks horizontal and vertical interlocking tabs. As the blocks self-fit due to this added feature, the fit is usually as straight as an arrow and level. This feature also ensures that dry-stacked material can be used to build retaining walls fairly quicker than other materials. There are also a lot of tones and textures you can choose from for building a wall from this material. With all these advantages however, it is advised that they be used for walls not more than 5 feet in height.
Poured Concrete Walls
This type of materials is very popular for retaining wall liners in places where walls have to built in an unstable environment. Environments that have unstable soil, slopes, etc are where this material can be used. It is the stability of the poured concrete material that enables it to be used in these places. Apart from stability, poured concrete can be colored as desired and can be textured to resemble any material you want. Also, the superb versatility of this material allows it to be worked on by a landscaper extensively. You can have a lot of architectural modifications and ornaments added to a retaining wall built by this material.
Wooden Retaining Walls
Wood will never go out of fashion when it comes to choosing material for your retaining wall liner. One of the best products to use in the market, wood is not only super-easy to work with but adds this warm, natural touch to your landscape and comes at a relatively low cost when compared with the other materials discussed above.
There are several types of wood you can use but you have to understand that whichever lumber you choose, it will be subject to aging. Aging usually occurs due to rot-formation, moisture and termite attack. Plain lumber is usually not advised as a material to use. Your best bet will be to go with redwood and pressure treated fir. Redwood is resistant to rot and insect attacks and will ensure longevity. Using pressure treated fir will give you added strength but can be sometimes coated with chemicals for strength that can harm the environment. The decision you make should be based on all these factors before choosing a material for your retaining wall liner.