Patios & Retaining Walls

A patio can be a nice addition to your home. A patio can be used as an outdoor living area to entertain your family members and guests. This addition to your home is an area where you can unwind and relax while enjoy the natural sunlight and evening breeze.

Your patio’s surface material can determine things like how durable your patio will be and how it will withstand things like constant wear and weather. Depending on your material selection, things like maintenance and long-term quality will vary on the material you would like to use. Factors such as location, size of your outdoor space, budget, personal preference/style, and local building codes can guide you on choosing the right surface for your dream patio.

  • Gravel/Sand: Using gravel for the surface is going to be one of the simplest ways to make it happen. If you are looking to create a patio as easily as possible, then using sand as your material will quickest and easiest material to use.
  • Concrete: Generally speaking, concrete will give you more bang for your buck in terms of longevity and options. Concrete is also easy to work with when creating a design. Concrete also lasts longer than most materials, while being more cost efficient.
  • Paver/Brick: Pavers are a great option to explore for your patio, they will provide a large range of colors and designs that can be used. This material is highly durable and requires little to no maintenance. It is suggested to polymetric sand every two to three years to keep the concrete strong and appealing.
  • Flagstone: Flagstone is another stone decorative option that can create a distinctive look. It comes a higher cost, creating a patio out of flagstone is going to give you a beautiful patio area.

Retaining Walls

Retaining walls are carefully designed walls used to restrain soil in your yard. They stabilize sloped landscapes, prevent erosion, and manage storm water runoff.  And they create stunning outdoor living spaces.

For example, if you have a sloped yard that is currently difficult to garden or use for recreation and relaxation, a retaining wall can convert that space into beautiful, useful space.

Retaining walls need to be carefully planned properly installed. They restrain tons of saturated soil. If not properly built, prone to erosion.

Retaining walls often increase the value of your home. When built correctly, they last a long time and can be earth-friendly. And, unlike so many other components of a home and yard, they require minimal or no maintenance.

What Materials Are Used to Make Retaining Walls?

Retaining walls can be made from many substances. The size, shape, and location of the wall determine the best material.

  • Concrete Block: These are installed over a gravel base so they can flex slightly. They come in a wide variety of shapes, textures and colors.
  • Natural Stone:  Natural stone is visually appealing. For that reason, it is a popular choice for many homeowners. Natural stone tends to be a little more expensive.
  • Wood Plank / Timber: While not as popular, wood retaining walls complement some homes and yards.

In addition to being functional, retaining walls often become an artistic focal point of your landscape design.