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retaining walls

A stable, striking, and sustainable retaining wall is not just a barrier; it’s an artful integration into your landscape, diligently holding back soil and ensuring the aesthetic and structural integrity of your space. Enter SquallCo Hardscaping – your expert retaining wall contractors, amalgamating impeccable design, robust materials, and unparalleled craftsmanship into every project.

Navigating the Intricacies of Retaining Wall Construction

Constructing a retaining wall encounters multifaceted challenges – from battling erosive soils to mastering the art of aesthetics while maintaining functionality. Opting for seasoned retaining wall contractors, like SquallCo, ensures that your project not only surmounts these obstacles but thrives amidst them, turning challenges into beautiful, resilient structures.


Building a retaining wall can be a cost-effective solution to manage soil erosion and enhance aesthetic appeal in a landscape. Among various options, timber retaining walls are often considered the most economical. Timber walls offer a natural appearance and are especially suitable for garden areas and other aesthetic purposes.

Utilizing recycled or reclaimed timber can further reduce costs. However, it’s crucial to note that while timber walls may be less expensive initially, they may not boast the same lifespan or durability as stone or concrete walls. Thus, considerations regarding the wall’s purpose, expected longevity, and maintenance should weigh into the decision of choosing the type of wall to build.

Why SquallCo Hardscaping - The Promise of Excellence

We keep things simple and reliable at SquallCo. When you choose us, we start with a friendly chat to understand what you need. Next, our team creates a clear and practical design. We then build your retaining wall using top-quality materials and skilled work, making sure everything is finished on time. The materials we use at SquallCo are chosen for strength and durability.


We want to make sure your retaining wall does its job and keeps looking good year after year. We select materials that can stand up to the weather and the pressure from the soil they’re holding back.

With SquallCo Hardscaping, you’re not merely hiring retaining wall contractors; you’re aligning with a team that breathes life into landscapes.


Our portfolio – a testament to our finesse and dedication – illustrates numerous projects where aesthetics meets structural integrity, where client testimonials echo satisfaction and where our commitment to transforming spaces into harmonious landscapes shines vividly.

Beautiful and Useful Retaining Walls

Your retaining wall should do more than just hold back soil; it should also look good. We work with you to create designs that fit your space and your style. Whether it’s a simple wall for a small garden or a larger project, we make sure it’s both useful and attractive.

Does a Retaining Wall Need Foundations?

Yes, a sturdy foundation is pivotal for the stability of a retaining wall. The foundation, or “footer,” disperses the weight of the wall and the pressure from the soil it retains, preventing it from toppling over. It’s essential to dig below the frost line to avoid frost heaving, which can cause the wall to move over time.


The type of soil, wall height, and wall material will influence the exact specifications of the foundation. Engaging with professional retaining wall contractors ensures that the foundation is appropriately engineered to uphold the wall, providing durability and stability through varied conditions.

Does a Retaining Wall Need Foundations?

Installing a retaining wall on a slope involves several steps to ensure stability and longevity. First, it’s vital to analyze the slope, determining its gradient and the pressure it will exert on the wall. Terracing might be necessary to create a series of stepped walls, effectively managing the pressure from the sloped terrain. After terracing, an adequate foundation must be laid, typically involving a trench filled with a compacted stone base, followed by a layer of leveling sand. The wall is then built upward, layer by layer, ensuring that each course is level and securely interlocked. Adequate drainage is also crucial to manage water flow and reduce hydrostatic pressure behind the wall.

What Are the Four Types of Retaining Walls?

Retaining walls can be categorized into several types, each offering unique advantages and suitability for different applications. Each type has its specific use-cases, with variables like material cost, installation complexity, and expected load determining their appropriateness for a given project.

  1. Gravity Retaining Walls: The Power of Weight and Stability

Gravity retaining walls lean on their own significant weight to keep soil in place. Commonly built with concrete, stone, or other heavy materials, these walls are thick at the base and gradually narrow towards the top, creating a sturdy barrier that uses its own mass to resist the lateral forces of the retained soil. The design is relatively simple and can be a suitable option for smaller-scale projects or where the lateral pressures are not exceedingly high. However, for higher walls or areas with significant soil pressure, gravity walls may require larger bases or additional reinforcement to maintain stability.

  1. Cantilever Retaining Walls: A Balancing Act with Soil

Cantilever retaining walls use a design that allows them to hold back significant amounts of soil without being as heavy or massive as gravity walls. Made commonly of reinforced concrete or masonry, these walls utilize an L-shaped design, where the bottom part of the “L” extends horizontally into the retained soil and provides leverage to counteract the soil pressure. The effectiveness of cantilever walls depends largely on their design and construction, requiring precise engineering and careful installation to ensure long-term stability and safety.

  1. Counterfort Retaining Walls: Enhancing Stability with Vertical Webs

Counterfort retaining walls are essentially cantilever walls but with an added element of support in the form of counterforts. These thin, vertical concrete webs are positioned at regular intervals on the rear side of the wall, stretching between the wall and base slab, adding stiffness and reducing bending and deflecting tendencies. Counterfort walls are commonly implemented in scenarios where the wall height exceeds 25 feet, ensuring that the increased pressure and forces from the retained soil are aptly managed and the wall remains structurally sound.

  1. Anchored Retaining Walls: Securely Held with Anchoring Strands

Anchored retaining walls provide added resistance to soil pressure by employing anchors or tie-backs which are driven into the soil or rock behind the wall and affixed to the wall structure. This type is especially useful in scenarios where space constraints prohibit the use of walls with wide bases or where additional support is needed due to unstable soil conditions or high loads. Anchored walls can be used in conjunction with other types of walls to enhance stability, and require precise engineering to ensure that the anchors are correctly placed and the wall is adequately supported.

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