Retaining Wall Installation in Oakland CA
Our retaining wall installation services in Oakland, CA are top notch. If you have no retaining walls on your property, or an existing retaining wall is failing, it might be time for new construction.
At Oakland Masonry Pros, we specialize in designing and installing premium quality retaining walls at an affordable price. We want to ensure that your investment in your property lasts for decades. Whether you’re considering a new wall to handle drainage concerns or to create visual appeal in conjunction with some well-placed landscaping, our team can help. We will do everything in our power to assist you in designing an amazing outdoor space that you can enjoy.
One of the most common reasons for new retaining wall construction is to prevent property damage due to pooling water. Other reasons include improvement to landscaping and stopping soil erosion. The style and design of the retaining wall will depend on local ordinances and your personal preferences.
Our retaining wall contractors have nearly two decades of experience installing stone, concrete, and brick materials for conservation and aesthetic purposes. Having worked with homeowners and commercial property owners, we have handled projects of all sizes.
Brick, Stone, and Concrete Retaining Wall Builders
When building a retaining wall, the most important factors to consider are:
Soil Condition – The wall must be constructed differently depending on the condition of the soil. If the soil is softer, we’ll likely be digging deeper and adding supporting material in to ensure stability.
Placement – The method of construction and size of the wall will be influenced by where you’d like it to be built.
Building Code – The HOA and city have a say in what happens on most properties; that may need to be considered in terms of retaining wall size. Properties that are designated as residential have different rules than properties that are designated as commercial. Luckily, we'll deal with the town or the city so you don't have to.
Cost – The larger and more complex the wall, the more it will likely cost.
Drainage – Piping and backfill is used to prevent cracks from excess water.
Retaining wall installers evaluate the land and design the structure to match the exact needs of the property. This may include special drainage, landscaping fabric, piping, additional backfill, rebar, and other supporting materials. For many homes, interlocking block retaining walls are particularly popular. Bricks, stone, and sometimes concrete are laid together in an interlocking design to create stability and provide an attractive appearance that boosts curb appeal. Oftentimes, this type of design is used with terraced landscaping near the front porch or a backyard patio. As our crew adds dirt behind the wall, the force pushing forward helps the blocks to adhere to each other in combination with the connecting materials used to create the joints. It’s important to note that as the slope of the land changes, so does the complexity of the project. Trust our masonry experts.
Why Use Retaining Walls in Oakland?
- To control erosion – Steep hills can sometimes lead to heavy erosion, which decreases the stability of building foundations nearby. A well-placed block wall can hold back some of the soil to minimize that.
- To prevent a “landslide” – If your home or building is surrounded by sloped dirt, heavy rainfall can send all that soil right onto your property.
- To protect landscaping – Heavy rain can be devastating for certain plants. Installing a concrete or stone retaining wall can aid in lowering the level of rainwater that plants are exposed to.
- To create space – Looking to add a patio to your backyard? It can be hard if you’re located on a hill. By cutting into and building a wall as a barrier, you can open up your backyard space to create an entertainment or grilling area that the family, friends, and neighbors can enjoy.