JRP Construction builds retaining walls for residential properties in Anchorage, AK. We can build a retaining wall that will give you the landscape design you have always wanted. No matter if you are looking for elegant rock work or a classic wooden structure, JRP Construction will give you an experience you won’t regret. This article will go into further detail about different types of retaining walls that we can provide for you, and important things to think about when selecting your builder and materials.
A retaining wall is a structure usually made out of wood, stone, or brick that is built to landscape to unnatural slopes.
There are 4 basic types of methods for building your retaining wall: Gravity Wall, Piling Wall, Cantilever Wall, and Anchored Wall.
Depending on your property and what you are using the wall for, there are several things to consider when building your retaining wall. It is best to ask your builder what type of wall they would recommend for you landscape. Here are some principles that make up the methods listed above:
- Gravity Wall- These retaining walls depend on their mass to resist pressure from the slope and may have a setback to assure stability by leaning towards the higher slope.
- Piling Wall- These retaining walls are typically built in soft soils and small spaces. Piling walls are usually made out of steel, vinyl or wood planks being planted into the ground.
- Cantilevered Wall- As you can see in the diagram above, these walls have a footer that cuts back into the slope. This footer is usually made from concrete for extra stability.
- Anchored Wall- These walls are not normally used for residential landscaping. This wall uses cables embedded in rock to help reinforce the wall.
If you would like to see some of the retaining walls that we can build for you, please visit our gallery!