Retaining Walls Improve More Than Just Runoff Issues

Do you have a sloped area in your front or backyard that is resulting in a water problem every time it rains?  If so, it may be time to consider the installation of a retaining wall to stop the runoff of water and the resulting issues it creates.  This simple fix can not only solve potentially serious problems occurring from the runoff of water down sloped inclines but can also enhance the overall look of your outdoor landscape design while providing additional usable space on your property.

One of the most common reasons for retaining wall installation is to prevent flooding issues that can arise from water running off down a sloped area of a homeowner’s property.  If the water has nowhere to go or cannot effectively drain as it gets to the bottom of the sloped area, it can cause ponding, result in muddy areas of the lawn, or worse, it can seep into the house causing serious damage.  By installing a wall to break up the sloped land, the direction water moves can be changed and the easy path of water from the highest point to the lowest can be stopped.  This is often the best solution in homes that are experiencing water seepage issues due to land sloping towards the home.

Another reason that homeowners consider building a retaining wall is to address space issues on their property.  Sloping yards often result in unusable space.  However, by leveling off areas of the sloped area, the space immediately becomes more usable and functional.  Having walls built to retain the land makes it possible to level off areas of land without having to worry about it being washed away once the rain starts to fall.  The walls serve as a solid foundation to hold the land back so that once it is properly leveled, the dirt and soil remain in place.  The simple addition of a retaining wall can turn unusable space into very functional space that adds to the usability and beauty of a backyard space.

Speaking of beauty, these walls can also greatly enhance the aesthetics of an outdoor design.  By creating varied levels, the space becomes visually more interesting.  Additionally, since walls can be made from a variety of attractive materials that blend well with the natural surrounding landscape, the overall look can be dramatically improved by the addition of interesting textures and colors.  The areas of varied height can also be landscaped to create an interesting array of sights as the space is viewed as a whole.

There are many reasons why homeowners choose to have a retaining wall built and the good news is that the job is not as hard as you think if you have an experienced professional handle the design and installation.  Although some opt to take on a DIY project when it comes to handling small sloping issues, it is best to leave larger projects to those who know exactly what needs to be done to ensure that your land remains level and safe while your wall remains strong and sturdy for years to come.

For more information about retaining wall design and installation in NJ and Staten Island, contact Millenium Stoneworks at 732-519-1112 or 347-723-6990.

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