Concrete Retaining Walls

Durable Retaining Walls in London, ON

Simply said, a retaining wall is a wall that keeps or retains something behind it, most typically soil. To build a retaining wall, a variety of materials can be used, but the most popular option is concrete. Concrete is one of the greatest materials for the project due to its extended lifespan and aesthetically pleasing appearance. London Concrete Pros has a team of concrete contractors who are highly talented and well-trained. With access to cutting-edge equipment and only the highest-quality materials, your London concrete retaining wall will be completed to perfection and offer you the lifetime that concrete promises.

A wide range of retaining wall materials have been used to transform the landscapes of homes. Retaining walls are commonly constructed of wood, natural stones and concrete. While wood is a low-cost retaining wall material, it has a limited lifespan and decomposes overtime. Natural stones and boulders can form strong retaining walls, but their installation is both time-consuming and costly. 

Even though wood and stone have their benefits, concrete is the best option for building retaining walls. The material's strength works to keep everything in place, and the little effort maintenance plan and low installation cost make it one of the top material choices.

Our company offers industry-standard concrete retaining wall blocks. Concrete blocks, unlike natural stone and wood plank, are long-lasting and simple to install. Furthermore, with correct installation, it has the potential to last for decades. To ensure strength, we place compacted soil and a layer of compacted sand and gravel behind the wall. This will help to keep the wall site flat and robust. For help with London concrete retaining wall installation, give us a call today at 226-777-8783!


Concrete Retaining Walls In London, Ontario

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Types of Retaining Wall Systems

London Concrete Pros provides a diverse range of concrete retaining wall options for your outdoor space. Not only do we have a wide range of London retaining walls to choose from, but we provide retaining wall repair services. You can choose from the following options depending on the type of wall you want or the wall style you desire:

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Cantilevered Retaining Wall

Cantilevered walls, also known as reinforced retaining walls, are retaining walls attached to a slab foundation beneath the ground. They are typically made from a relatively thin steel stem and cast in place with concrete. The weight of the overlying soil supports the slab in place, preventing the wall from leaning forward. Because of its stability, a cantilevered wall is suitable for commercial retaining walls. It is also the most popular retaining wall option.

Gravity Retaining Walls

Gravity retaining walls withstand earth pressures by using their weight. They are typically constructed of heavy materials such as concrete, rocks, or dirt. Gravity retaining walls are built to withstand a number of failure modes, including sliding, overturning, bearing, and seismically induced failures. A common type of gravity retaining wall is a crib wall. Crib walls are mainly made up of interlocking precast concrete structural elements filled with free draining materials (typically gravelly soil). Gravity walls come with the most material options like pavers, natural stone, and bricks. Although short walls may not require additional reinforcing, tall walls will require the excavation of a trench to accommodate the wall.

Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) Walls

A Mechanically Stabilized Earth (MSE) retaining wall is a composite structure made up of alternating layers of compacted backfill and soil reinforcement elements that are attached to a wall facing. The interaction between the backfill and soil reinforcements, which involves friction and tension, contributes to the wall system's stability. The wall facing is rather thin, with the primary goal of preventing structural backfill erosion. As a result, a compact gravity structure that is flexible and capable of carrying a variety of heavy loads is created.

Anchored Retaining Wall

Anchored walls provide stability for the retaining wall "fronts" by anchoring them to the ground and connecting them with cables or strips. After being pushed into the ground, they are usually injected with pressurized concrete or mechanically expanded.

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Sheet Piling Retaining Wall

Sheet pile walls commonly consist of steel sheet piles that are driven into the ground to support earth pressures. They can be installed using an impact hammer, vibratory machinery, or simply shoved into the ground, depending on the ground conditions. Sheet piles are often used to protect neighbouring structures. It helps in the prevention of soil movement near foundations, particularly in the presence of soft soil.

Segmental Retaining Walls

Segmental retaining walls are made up of modular concrete blocks that connect with one another. Their goal is to give a strong front by stabilizing a sloped face of soil. You can also get wall heights that are higher than average with the use of  segmental retaining walls, while retaining the pressure induced by lateral earth pressure created by backfill soils.


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