Retaining Walls Toronto:A retaining wall is intended to hold back earth. That earth may present a natural hazard to a part of your property or your home itself, or it may have been placed there intentionally as part of a landscaping plan to create visual interest or separate one part of the yard from another. Retaining walls are typically composed of natural stone or man-made blocks and can range in height from a foot to 8 feet or more. At Top Mark Property Improvements we design and build retaining walls for our clients that fulfil their structural role while contributing visual interest, and we do so for less than some other landscaping contractors in the GTA.
Retaining Walls in Toronto Bring Forth the Style While Holding Back the Earth
Building retaining walls for Toronto homes is not as simple as it may seem. There are an array of both structural and aesthetic considerations that need to be weighed and any of them could undermine the wall either physically or from a visual standpoint.
- Materials: Retaining walls are typically fabricated from some type of stone as mentioned earlier. In most cases this is either natural stone blocks or concrete blocks designed to mimic the look of natural stone but costing a fraction of the price. Others opt for a veneer attached to a concrete block backing. With that sort of treatment you’ll retain the outward appeal of the natural stone but save money with the concrete. Still other retaining walls in Toronto are composed of wood 6×6’s that provide a lovely throwback feel and are easy on your wallet.
- Style: Retaining walls seem like a subject light on aesthetic heft but actually there are as many different styles of retaining wall as there are homeowners. They can be tall and smooth, curvilinear and roughly textured, mortared or mortar free and tall, short, thick, thin, multi-coloured or monochromatic. Much of the final look and feel of the retaining wall will be driven by materials used in building the house itself and whether or not there is existing stonework on the property whose style should be respected.
- Construction: Constructing a retaining wall is the kind of thing parents used to pass down to their children a hundred or two hundred years ago. Today that type of practical architectural knowledge is largely reserved for craftsmen who work with landscape companies like Top Mark Property Improvements. Our landscapers are well versed in every manner of retaining wall construction, including traditional techniques related to building mortarless walls.
Retaining walls for Toronto homes make a huge difference in the look and feel of a property. If done smartly they can be used to frame your home from the street, accentuating its strong points and deflecting attention away from weaker angles or features. Top Mark Property Improvements can create a beautifully functional retaining wall or wall system for your home for a price you’ll agree makes the process more than worth it. Call us today to find out more.