Installing retaining walls in your Bethesda, MD yard is a project best left for the professionals. Retaining walls exist to protect slopes vulnerable to erosion and gravity, as well as provide drainage and protect an existing landscaped area. Retaining walls can also preserve an existing grade or create a flat space for new landscaping, as well as support the installation of a new driveway or patio. Whatever its function(s), Bethesda, MD retaining walls have a big job to do and they need to do that job well.
Just because retaining walls have a big job to do doesn’t mean they can’t be visually attractive; in fact, some retaining walls are built as pure aesthetic additions to a Bethesda, MD landscape. When shopping for a contractor to hire for your retaining walls needs, you should have a basic understanding of retaining wall design and purpose. Retaining walls must be built on a suitable base and have properly compacted backfill dirt behind the wall. Proper backfill ensures proper drainage of water from behind a retaining wall; improper drainage can cause bulging, cracking, and other associated problems with retaining walls. When it comes to height, residential retaining walls usually measure three to four feet high, as that height provides strength without the requirement of additional reinforcements. When talking with retaining wall contractors, be sure they tell you what to expect in terms of base, backfill, drainage, and height, as these elements dictate whether or not their retaining walls will be structurally sound and do their job.
If you’d like more information on Bethesda, MD retaining walls, contact the experts at East Coast Landscape Design. As the Washington DC area’s leading licensed landscape and hardscape design company, East Coast Landscape Design has designed and installed quality retaining walls, driveways, patios, and more since 1979. Our retaining wall services for your Bethesda, MD property include excavation, grading, slope stabilization and erosion control.
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