Choosing the right product for your wall comes down to more than just aesthetic and colour choice.
There are countless wall products out there for landscaping projects, but you need to make sure you are purchasing a product that is designed for your job specifications.
There are height restrictions for each wall product manufactured. That may range from 12 inches all the way up to 30 feet, but these are still restrictions that need to be followed. Using the incorrect product can have a disastrous outcome – including water issues and wall failure. Both of these may result in injury or damage to property. It is important to note the difference between garden wall blocks and retaining wall blocks.
Garden wall blocks are designed to build small garden beds and as edgers to divide areas. They are generally 4" tall and 8" deep and stack on top of each other either by gravity or by using small notches to lock together. It is recommended to only install garden wall blocks to a height of 18", and to glue the blocks together to prevent shifting.
Retaining wall products that are designed to reach 3’ and over have several distinctive features to them that add to the stability of a large wall:
- They have a locking feature, wherein the top of the unit has a notch that fits into a groove on the bottom of the next unit, reducing movement
- They have a depth of 12” or more, providing stability to the blocks
- They are heavy. Most retaining wall blocks weigh over 40lbs
- They may have a hollow core, which is filled with drainage gravel to provide weight and stability
Don’t worry, we are here to help you pick out the right product for your project. Contact us today or stop in to one of our locations to see the selection of retaining walls that we carry.