Retaining wall Cambridge ON
Masonry Cambridge is thrilled to be based in the city of Cambridge, and serving nearby cities including Kitchener-Waterloo, Guelph and adjacent towns. With a population of 140K+ and growing annually, many residents are proud to call Cambridge, Ontario their home or place of business, a city full of vibrant culture, history and diversity.
One of our most popular service requests is retaining wall construction. Due to the varied sloping landscape of Southwestern Ontario and the frequent amount and types of precipitation throughout the year that make soil run-off a common risk in many landscapes, installing a retaining wall is necessary in certain pockets of land and property.
Let’s dive into a few commonly asked questions we get from prospective customers.
What exactly is a retaining wall?
A retaining wall may be confused with a garden wall, but their main functions are different, even though they might look similar and both hold in soil. The primary purpose of each one, however, is different. A garden wall is to elevate a flower bed for aesthetic reasons. A retaining wall is a much stronger version of a garden wall and serves to prevent soil erosion and run-off, thereby maintaining foundational strength and structure as well as protecting nearby trees, decks, fences, and other garden features.
A retaining wall can be made from brick, stone and very commonly, concrete. A few popular styles include:
Some of the styles have reinforced steel or adjoining support structures to reinforce the entire wall. The need for extra reinforcement is needed in cases where large amounts of soil needs to be contained, such as steeply graded land.
Which retaining wall is best?
This question is quite broad and is circumstance-dependent. Is it a personal garden wall vs. a large public space? What’s in the surrounding area? What material is best for the type of wall needed? What is the grading of the land? How much lateral reinforcement is needed?
Our retaining wall contractors can assess your property to give you a better estimate and offer options that would work for your space.
How much does a retaining wall cost?
This question also depends on various factors such as: material used, the square footage of the wall (but more importantly, the length vs the height ratio since the base layer is the toughest to construct and install), and the sloping not only of the ground facing the wall, but running along the wall. An average cost for retaining wall materials and labour in Cambridge typically runs around $50 per square foot, but that amount can easily be less or more depending on the factors mentioned above.
If you’re in search of a reliable, professional and experienced retaining wall contractor in Cambridge, Ontario, give us a call at Masonry Cambridge to discuss your project and receive a free estimate. We look forward to working with our fellow Cambridge residents and business owners, and are ready to travel to neighbouring cities like Kitchener-Waterloo and Guelph to offer our quality masonry services.