Choosing Your Retaining Wall Materials

Retaining walls don’t just materialize out of thin air. They take planning, preparation, execution, and lots of decisions. Thankfully for you, we do all the heavy lifting when it comes to your retaining walls, but we do need your input as well. When it comes to choosing the style, materials, and size of the retaining wall, much of the decision-making will come down to you and your preferences.


While we provide input as well, such as whether or not your style will be strong enough for the area it needs to support, how much your retaining wall choices cost, or whether the material will be the most durable, what we really want is for you to have a retaining wall that is not only functional, but beautiful for your Snohomish County home.

A big part of this is in choosing your materials. To learn more about styles, read this previous blog.

Choosing the Materials for Your Retaining Wall

As you are considering the style that you would like best for your exterior, you must also consider the types of materials that will best fulfill the function of the retaining wall.

For instance, if you are choosing to build a retaining wall out of necessity, the materials you choose for its support should be designed with structural strength in mind.

Natural Stone: Although natural stone is one of the more expensive choices for a retaining wall, it is usually extremely popular because of its unique, natural, and beautiful, appearance. It is available in several different colors and types of stone, including blocks, units, irregular, and regular cut forms.

Wood and timber: Wood and timber are often popular choices for rural homes. Whether chosen for functional or structural preferences, if properly treated, they will be long lasting and beautiful.

Concrete: Concrete is available in a wide range of styles, from concrete blocks to thin concrete slabs, or large units. It is an inexpensive choice for a retaining wall, and is surprisingly lightweight. Concrete comes in interlocking, hollow, solid, or half hollow styles.

Stone Blocks: These are produced in shapes and styles to replicate real natural stone and, as such, come in as great a variety as natural stone. Because they are man-made, they will be a less expensive option for your retaining wall.

Brick: This hardy option is resistant to pests, weather, fire, and time. It is also versatile and comes in a variety of colors. Bricks provide a timeless appeal and are an excellent and sturdy choice.

Iron: This comes primarily in solid sheets that provide a very unique and modern look. It is a good choice for structural strength, and it is able to be custom-fit for your space. While moderately expensive, iron is a choice that is also susceptible to rust and age.

Like other landscaping projects in the Seattle area, the cost of a retaining wall will vary according to the choice of building materials, wall design, size, and labor involved. To help you plan your budget, our retaining wall designers offer free estimates on your various building choices to help you get an idea of the cost of your retaining wall project.

We will help you look at the various materials that will best fit your needs for structural strength, as well as which designs will best suit your taste. Contact us to set up your appointment.

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