Retaining Walls

What to Look For In a Retaining Wall

At Hardscape Colorado, we understand outdoor living and living it to the fullest. While we love the design aspect of building custom outdoor kitchens and fireplaces, sometimes our work is more functional and required just to keep a usable space. So, let’s talk about retaining walls, Denver! I know, it seems like a boring part of outdoor living, but if you’ve ever had a swamp appear in your yard or landscaping wash away all together, you know how important a retaining wall can be to keep your yard usable. Retaining walls can be a tricky and even dangerous part of a landscape contractor’s work. It’s important you know what options are available to keep your wall standing and doing its job for years to come. 

1. Types of retaining walls

There are a ton of different types of retaining walls. Depending on your height and slope

of your property, structural engineers may be needed. Using a preferred general

contractor for your wall, will ensure that you get the correct height and engineering so

that your wall doesn’t become a hazard. Even a 2 foot garden wall can become

dangerous for children if improperly installed. 

2. Materials for retaining walls

Concrete Block, Stone Veneer, Poured Concrete and Brick are the most popular

materials used in construction of residential retaining walls. The look and design of your

wall can be functional and fade into your landscaping or can be a high end design with

sharp lines that exaggerate and compliment your landscape. 

3. Installation of a retaining wall

Installation of a retaining wall is always best done by a general contractor with the

training, insurance and licensing to perform this type of work. Most retaining walls have

some sort of drainage bed or diversion to help the flow of water around or under the wall.

For this reason alone, a professional should be hired. You do not want to go through the

process of building a wall yourself to learn that water is either going to wash it away or

send water into a neighbor’s yard and possibly violate HOA regulations or anger your


4. Benefits of a retaining wall

Adding a retaining wall to your property will add value to your home while creating a 

beautiful landscape that is easy to care for. 

If you’re considering adding a retaining wall to your property, give us a call. We will be happy to consult with you to give you advice and offer design ideas specific to your property. To see our Gallery of work and some of our Retaining Wall jobs, click here. We hope you allow our team at Hardscapes Colorado to be a part of your outdoor living!