Not all yards in Texas are created equal. Some are perfectly even with nary a dip or hill, while others have more slopes and curves than heaping plate of pasta. And, while each scenario has its pros and cons, the one that can often be the most problematic- especially during rainy season are those yards where the slopes are position in such a way that either the water runs towards your home, or when it causes serious erosion.
Fortunately, one does not have to sit back and watch the yard erode away. Thanks to different approaches to landscaping as well as implementing a retaining wall, it is possible to have a yard with personality while ensuring that it does not wash away due to a storm. In fact, the properly constructed retaining wall will reshape your yard, and can even add beauty and provide a better place and way for you to entertain.
Stone Retaining Walls
While there are many effective ways to create a retaining wall, one of the most aesthetic, long lasting and versatile styles is using stones – both cut and uncut- to create a wall that compliments your styles. These walls are best installed by a skilled mason, as they require careful planning. Also, you should note that if the wall is to be over 4 feet, then you typically need a building permit and will need to meet with local building codes.
Masonry Brick Retaining Walls
Brick retaining walls can take on three main looks – whole bricks, half bricks, and thin brick veneer. The whole brick walls are often the most economical and are great for mimicking the look of a traditional brick home.
The half brick retaining wall is one where the bricks are half the size of a regular brick, and are placed against a solid block wall. These require even less material than the whole brick wall making them attractive both aesthetically as well as financially.
The thin brick veneer retaining wall is often no more than an inch thick and more like a tile. It can be used to create a variety of styles and patterns, be incorporated with old bricks and often is lighter weighing than traditional brick. This is a great choice for yards where erosion is not as much of an issue but you are still wanting to preserve your yard.
Concrete Retaining Walls
Concrete retaining walls can be a decorative option for designing a retaining wall as they can be built using an assortment of colored concrete over a solid block wall. In using the concrete as a “finisher” you are able to incorporate color, texture and even designs. This is typically not a project for the average homeowner, but is best built by a skilled mason.
The retaining wall is the perfect way to enhance and protect your, Texas yard. It can be simply practical or can be a piece of art that enhances your yard while protecting the landscape. So if you are tired of watching your yard wash away because of rain, talk to the pros at Omega Masonry and get started on that custom retaining wall for your Texas home today. We can turn your yard into the most delightful spot in your neighborhood in no time at all. Contact us today.