Concrete Retaining Walls Vancouver
Concrete Retaining Wall Installation
The majority of municipalities in BC have a limit of 4ft for retaining walls without requiring a permit. The permit application must have a drawing by a professional engineer accompanied with it. Like we mentioned above, skilled concrete labourers are required for retaining walls as they need to be taken seriously. If you are looking to have a retaining wall above 4ft but don't want the headache of the permit process, we have a tailor made solution for you. This is achieved by layering multiple retaining walls below 4ft to achieve the ultimate height you are looking for. This process actually creates a unique structure which can have different types of greenery growing in each layer resulting in a beautifully layered garden.
As for materials, retaining walls can be made from green walls, rock, stone, wood, and our material of choice concrete. Concrete retaining walls can come in a couple different forms. Small concrete blocks are usually a great choice when doing a landscaping project. The advantage with the smaller blocks is that they are much easier to create curved shapes that matches your properties landscape. If the job site has limited access space, smaller blocks are great in terms of transportation. Smaller blocks also tend to have a wider variety of design styles, shapes, and textures.
For larger scale projects, large concrete blocks are the popular choice. Due to its size, these blocks don't have quite the same versatility that the smaller blocks have when it comes to design options. If a more industrial look work for your project, large concrete blocks could be the perfect option for you. When working with concrete blocks of a large size, an appropriate job site is needed as larger equipment is required to carry the blocks.
If you are going for a more premium look, a poured reinforced concrete is a great addition for a modern and sleek style. This type of retaining wall is the most durable, able to have smooth curved surfaces, and is usually not bounded by the size of the job site. You typically see this type of concrete used for the foundation of homes as well. This type of retaining wall involves skilled labour and the proper equipment to do the job which makes it more of a premium option. The look it gives goes well with most exteriors of homes and landscaping so it can definitely worth the extra little bit to go with this style.