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Different types of Retaining walls available

Are you planning for some work on your lawn? Do you have a hill that you don’t know what to do with? Here is a fast guide to know the standard types of retaining walls.

Landscaping can be an art. We can shape the current landscape to fill the area with an added beauty that doesn’t detract from the natural beauty. If you have a slope or a hill that should be held back, then a retaining wall is what you require. The concept of Retaining walls Adelaide   has existed for years spanning several cultures most notably in Asian rice terraces. Some scholars have recommended that it is due to highly technical retaining wall systems that the mysterious Hanging Gardens of Babylon became possible.

Yes, we understand you don’t have acres of land to fill up with fancy hanging shrubs or amazing borrows to grow crops. This doesn’t prevent your lawn from reaching its full potential beauty. Here we would like to dig briefly into the different types of Retaining walls Adelaide to assist in shaping your heaven on Earth. We will encompass piling walls, cantilever, and gravity and show the different variations associated with each type of retaining walls.

Gravity walls

As the name entails, gravity walls depend on gravity and its own mass to stay supported, holding back the raised level of Earth. The wall base is usually denser than the crown. With a bigger mass at the bottom, the wall is able to stay stable under immense pressure. For extra stability, some gravity might lean back on the retained earth.

Cantilever walls

The grandeur behind cantilever walls gives credit to our exceptional weight and angles. These walls use the weight of the retained earth to provide support to the all. An arm extends below the retained ground offering downward pressure that counteracts the external force applied from the same ground.

Just like gravity walls, landscaping companies create cantilever walls from poured concrete. This permits the dimensions to be particularly customized to the required specifications as not every landscaping project is the same.

Piling walls    

While cantilever and gravity walls depend on their own mass to add to the resistance, piling walls use just the pressure provided by the ground. Sheet pilling walls are used I softer ground and in waterfront properties. The sheet piling walls use steel, vinyl or wood to retain the earthen wall. The wall is usually two-thirds below the surface while one-third protrudes from the surface. Sheet piling walls use the tension on the ground to offer support for the wall.

Sheet piling walls can be used on the coastal properties to keep waters away. This enables a lawn to be maintained rather than water flooding on the grounds.


In all the above mentioned types of retaining walls, engineers use anchoring in cases where the strain put on the wall is too much for the wall to hold. If you have any further queries, make sure to talk to your local landscaping company and they will be able to get you headed in the right direction.