6 Tips for Building a Retaining Wall

Retaining WallA retaining wall can be a great solution for adding some curb appeal or creating a nice space for landscaping or gardening. With some guidance and quality stone products, most homeowners can create a retaining wall that looks great and is sturdy for years to come. Before you dive into your project, consider these tips from the rock experts at Garrity Stone, Inc.

1. Build your knowledge before building the wall.

If you’ve never built a retaining wall before, we recommend that you gather some advice from the experts. Watch a few video tutorials, or read blog posts by professional handymen or contractors on how to create a retaining wall. Get a good idea of what you need, how long the project will take, and how to do it step by step.

2. Set aside plenty of project time.

Most experts seem to agree that building a retaining wall can take eight or more hours. Obviously, that project time can vary based on the size of your wall, weather conditions, and so on.

3. Give thought to the wall design.

There’s more than one style of retaining wall. Do a little research, or spend time on Pinterest looking at different types of retaining walls. You want the design to fit into the style of your home and perhaps the nearby patio or sidewalk. 

4. Choose quality materials.

A good rock wall starts with good rock. Don’t skimp on materials just to save a few bucks. Purchase quality wall stones that will stand the test of time.

5. Gather your gear.

Purchase any tools or rock materials you might need for your project before your start date. That way, you’re ready to roll and don’t have to make a thousand trips to the hardware store or to your stone provider.

6. Don’t speed through the foundation.

Make sure you spend extra time preparing the base for your retaining wall. Experts note that a solid base is essential for your wall to stay flat.

With a little research, quality stone products, and some hard work, you will have a beautiful retaining wall adorning your Indianapolis home in no time. For questions about our retaining wall products, contact Garrity Stone today at (317) 546-0893, or stop by our Indy location to see our rocks for yourself.