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How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Building a Retaining Wall in St. Louis, MO

How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Building a Retaining Wall in St. Louis, MO
Poor design, improper base preparation, and deficient materials are behind most retaining wall failings in St. Louis, MO. Old age and long term wear and tear from exposure to the elements, particularly heavy rain and snow, are also common causes of the collapse and overall degradation of these landscape features. Fortunately, Unilock offers homeowners the solution to all of these issues and more with their high quality, durable retaining wall products and stellar customer service.

Poor Craftsmanship

The complexity of engineering a retaining wall is in direct proportion to the height of the wall and the amount of weight it will have to bear. Putting an inexperienced or unlicensed individual in charge of engineering a structural feature such as a retaining wall is a quick route to disaster. Instead, leave the job up to a professional with a trusted reputation and history of reliability. Contact a Unilock Authorized Contractor in your area to ensure that your retaining wall is designed to meet the correct specifications. The Unilock Authorized Contractor Program has been put together with the homeowner in mind. Each Unilock Authorized Contractor is trained in the latest construction and installation techniques and is subject to regular assessment to ensure that the quality of their work is in line with Unilock standards.


Unappealing finish

Unilock wall units ensure that your retaining wall is not just a structural feature but a visual complement to your landscape too. Whether your preference is the aged, natural rock appearance of Estate Wall, the tumbled block look of Olde Quarry, or the vibrant stacked flagstone detail of Rivercrest Wall, Unilock wall units ensure a rich and charming appearance to suit your tastes. In addition you can select from the wide variety of interchangeable faces offered by the U-Cara Multi-Face Wall System to achieve the finish that is perfectly suited to your aesthetic theme. Combine Unilock wall units with Unilock Coping Options, such as Ledgestone or Natural Stone Coping, for the picture perfect retaining wall system.

Rigid design

With the adaptability and versatility of Unilock wall units, rigid landscape design should never have to be an issue again. Tapered units, such as those offered by Pisa2 and Brussels Dimensional Stone, allow the creation of fluid structures and retaining walls that curve to the natural contours of your yard. This allows more flexibility in terms of shape and form themes, and can contribute to an overall more organic appearance for your landscape. As well snaking lines and sweeping arcs, circular features are also possible with these tapered wall units. This is ideal for using retaining walls to create raised island beds and sunken patios.

Insufficient Structural Strength

The structural strength and stability of retaining walls is largely dependant on two factors: proper base preparation and the sturdiness of the materials incorporated. By employing a Unilock Authorized Contractor, you can rest assured that the base of your retaining wall will remain stable for years to come. As for materials, Unilock provides wall units for every purpose with various load-bearing capacities. SienaStone, for example, features heavy-duty units that weigh in at approximately 450 lbs each and can be used for even the most extreme load-bearing retaining wall systems.

The title image features a driveway paved in Thornbury with a Brussels Block and Copthorne border flanked by a Pisa2 retaining wall.

How to Avoid Common Pitfalls of Building a Retaining Wall in St. Louis, MO

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