Easier Retaining Walls with Modular Block

Soil erosion can be a very real problem, especially on properties with steep or unnatural slopes. The most common method of combating soil erosion is the installation of a retaining wall, which can be both expensive and labor intensive when natural stone is used. Fortunately, there is an aesthetically pleasing, less expensive alternative to natural stone for retaining walls: modular block. 

Why Use Modular Block?

While it’s often more cost-effective to opt for modular block over natural stone, there are also a host of other benefits to using these innovative tools for retaining wall construction. Because site preparation requirements are less stringent than other retaining wall alternatives, installation can be quicker and less difficult. These durable blocks require very little in the way of maintenance, and because mortar is not used during the construction process, they’re also naturally resistant to cracking. 

The interlocking design provides a greater level of stability, making do-it-yourself projects with modular blocks much more feasible than building a retaining wall with natural stone. Modular blocks are designed to resist sliding and remain upright. 

Choosing the Right Modular Blocks

As with any other landscaping or hardscape project, choosing the right modular blocks for the job will depend not only upon your personal tastes, but also the best style for to meet the unique needs of your property. Working with a landscape supply company whose staff is knowledgeable and reputable can offer you a great opportunity to learn more about modular blocks and how they should be installed. If you’re in need of a retaining wall and natural stone isn’t your first choice, modular blocks can provide you with a beautiful, durable and easier alternative.

Posted On Behalf Of Alliance Stone, Inc.

Modular Block Retaining Walls

Often residential and commercial properties will need retaining walls in various locations in order to create level areas where the grade changes significantly.  While natural stone retaining walls are preferred by a majority of people, often the cost involved in the labor and the materials makes a natural stone retaining wall cost prohibitive.  Modular block retaining walls provide a cost effective alternate, while still providing an attractive and functional retaining wall.

Modular block walls are pre-engineered “gravity walls”, which means the weight of the wall as well as the mass keeps it in place.  The nature of the product allows for many design options, including curves, while the lack of earthwork requirements in site preparation speed the construction.  The modular blocks are interlocking units simply stack on top of each other, resulting in reduced build times for the wall, especially when compared to a natural stone wall.  Since the wall is “dry stacked” with no mortar, the wall is permeable, which relieves hydrostatic pressure, as the moisture passes thru the wall.  The final product is attractive, functional and maintenance free!

Those in need of a cost effective retaining wall system should consider a modular block wall!  Currently there are five different types of modular block available, which while yielding different appearances, still result in an excellent retaining wall. The modular block supplier has a number of professional customer service professionals who are knowledgeable, helpful and experienced in modular block retaining walls.  They are there to assist in determining the best option for each specific wall application.

Posted on behalf of Alliance Stone