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Choosing Material and Other Options for Retaining Walls

Different Types, names, brands of Man-Made Concrete Block
Unilock is the typical brand choosen for building retaining walls. You can choose from many of different colors (sandstone, sierra nervada, ambar, limestone, granite, etc) and different types (brussels, roman pisa, natural sandstone or limestone, etc.) The most common is Roman Pisa Sandstone or Limestone and Brussels Dimesional Limestone. A lot of peope will use sandstone also, but these do not have the limp method, which makes Unilock so supportive.
Pre-Cast Concrete Blocks come in many different sizes. Half blocks so that you don't have to cut a whole block. A tapered block, which tapers four different directions, which are used to make curves in retaining walls and semi-circles. Double Unit blocks, which are cheaper because it is two blocks in one, making it easier to ship. There is a regular size block 8"x6"12", a block half this size, and a block that is 18"x24"x24" (used for large scale projects taller than 4')
Retaining walls vs. Bench Walls
Retaining walls are not always one continues wall. You can step up a retaining wall, which is making a step in the final curse from 4 curses up to 3 curses or opposite. Retaining walls higher than 4' should be multiple terraced walls, which is a 4' wall, level ground, then another 4' wall a few feet back from the first wall. This will give you a total of 8' of retaining wall. The retaining wall can also be a bench wall, which has no backfill on any side; used for setting on or decoration in landscaping. The retaining walls can also be used as columns for lights or post or end of a retaining wall fence.

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