Walls That Can Hold Earth!
There has been a wall like structure found which can hold soil behind it. It is called the retaining wall. Retaining walls can retain the soil behind it. It was mainly developed for the hilly areas or areas which have slope so that the soil could be held back from falling and damaging or stopping other activities. There are many types of materials that can be used to create retaining walls like concrete blocks, poured concrete, treated timbers, rocks or boulders. Every material has its own disadvantages or advantages like some are easy to use or some have a shorter life span. So depending on our requirement, area factor and cost factor we can go for the type of material we want.
The function of a retaining wall calls for a huge amount of strength, endurance, and resistance to the elements. Nowadays, concrete may be the material that best fits the bill. So let us look upon some features of the concrete wall. Concrete as a material is very strong which is essential when we talk about holding up tons of Earthly material. Concrete walls can stand for a longer time (a century or so), it is not easily breakable. If you have to place a retaining wall which should be rot-proof or water-proof, concrete is the best fit in these areas. Concrete is even fire-proof so concrete is right for this job. Concrete retaining wall are very easy and fast to install compared to other retaining walls. Concrete is non-toxic and does not emit any harmful gases or fumes, so concrete is eco-friendly. Concrete walls are constructed from the natural materials like clay, limestone which are easily available and natural in nature.
To the above advantages we have some disadvantages of building a concrete wall. Concrete walls do not have a footing so they cannot be built to larger heights maximum limit is up to 4 feet’s. If you want to change the placement or location of the wall concrete walls does not allow this flexibility. You need to break down the wall and then built a new one at the other location. A retaining wall must be carefully designed. Pouring the concrete is generally the task of a skilled craftsmen. He only knows about the know-how of casting of the concrete. A skillful person knows about the cracking and bulging of concrete so it requires skillful persons to accomplish the task.