Precast Concrete Retaining Wall Systems

AFTEC Is One Of The Most Entrusted Retaining Walls Company In New Jersey!
AFTEC’s precast retaining walls are precisely engineered to endure and withstand lateral pressures of gravity. Retaining walls can be manufactured in a variety of textures and finishes for added versatility.


What are Retaining Walls?

workers installing an AFTEC concrete retaining wall

Landscape retaining walls are made up of large retaining wall blocks designed to provide lateral support to upright slopes of soil. They are a perfect solution to keep the erosion in check or to level a patio area. A retaining wall provides the architectural support to hold the lateral pressure of the Earth. Several types of concrete retaining walls -gravity, sheet piled, and cantilever, have been constructed by AFTEC, all of which vary in the diversity of surface textures.

Concrete Retaining Wall Blocks

AFTEC practices and specializes in the construction of large precast retaining walls with architectural patterns on the observable surface.

Large Concrete Retaining Wall Blocks by the AFTEC are customarily used to retain small to medium elevations of soil ranging up to 12 ft., from one level to another. We also build a precast fence or a barrier wall on top where required. Keeping in view the current growing needs and trends, our engineers have been designing Precast Concrete Retaining Walls in Newark, Jersey City, and other areas of New Jersey as of now.


Types of Retaining Walls

AFTEC specializes in the building of precast retaining walls with architectural designs on the visible side of the wall. AFTEC’s precast industrial retaining walls are usually used to retain small to medium heights (up to 12 ft.) of earth from one level to another.  We can also incorporate a precast fence wall on top where needed.

medium retaining wall with precast fence wall on top


Gravity concrete retaining walls are constructed using large boulders or blocks of precast concrete. These walls utilize the concrete wall weight to withstand pressure from the opposite side. These walls are built higher and harder by incorporating support, reinforcement, and rigid-footing techniques.


Masonry retaining walls indicate that masonry units (CMU block walls) are employed to construct the retaining wall. Brick masonry concrete retaining walls use standard 8” x 4” x 2.25” size kiln-fired bricks and mortar. They are also frequently strengthened with steel to increase the lifespan of the retaining wall.

Sheet Piled

The sheet piled retaining walls is the most suitable option for soft soils and notably compact areas. Manufactured from steel, vinyl, fiberglass, plastic planks or wooden planks, sheet piled walls must be hammered at least two-thirds the elevation of the wall into the ground.

Regardless of the technique adopted, the most critical aspect of retaining walls is the apt design, finishing, and installation. The AFTEC steel-reinforced Precast Concrete Retaining Walls in Newark NJ, are usually three to eight long that withstand the soil pressure at all times.


Precast concrete or masonry reinforced with steel are generally employed to construct Cantilevered concrete retaining wall block. Using a strong structural foothold, these walls sustain pressure and transform the horizontal pressure to the perpendicularly vertical one.

Precast Retaining Wall Materials

AFTEC industrial and commercial retaining walls consist of precast concrete panels and columns designed and engineered to withstand the lateral pressures of the earth to be retained. These walls are available with architectural finishes such as stone, brick, block, stucco or custom architectural designs on the visible side of the wall.

precast retaining wall materials
  • Concrete: Aggregate, cement powder and water designed for the engineered mix desired. Steel reinforcement and concrete are the ultimate materials for building retaining walls.
  • Concrete Blocks: Small rock aggregate, cement powder and water formed into a hollow block. The concrete blocks are then stacked on continuous concrete footings using grouted cells and reinforcing for structural strength. Labor intensive.
  • Cinder Blocks: Volcanic aggregate, cement powder and water formed into a hollow block. The cinder blocks are then stacked on continuous concrete footings using grouted cells and reinforcing for structural strength. Labor intensive.
  • Stone: Stone is sometimes used for retaining walls in areas where it is plentiful by slant stacking, using the specific gravity of the stone to retain earth.
  • Brick: When used, brick is a fascia on retaining walls for appearance. Brick does
    not have structural integrity for retaining capabilities.
  • Stucco: Stucco is also used for an fascia appearance on retaining walls.
  • Wood: Wood timbers or rail road ties are sometimes used for retaining walls, but unless properly treated, wood deteriorates.
  • Steel: Steel is used in all steel reinforced concrete retaining walls for structural strength.

Building a Retaining Walls System in New Jersey

concrete retaining wall forms

Design Process

The foremost step that goes into building a retaining wall system is design engineering. The design has to get approved first before initiating the production process. Our molding workshops word hard to assemble the design-specific concrete retaining wall blocks to construct the retaining walls system. The production process is generally carried on employing the Forming Equipment by one of the AFTEC producers that operate near the jobsite.

Retaining Walls System Installation

The installation process of a retaining walls system begins with the digging and excavation of the Caisson foundations. The Caisson foundations are then flooded to the precise height with the structural support and columns, installed into the foundations. After lying down the Caisson foundation, the wall blocks or panels are delivered and installed.

Cost Determinants

The cost of designing, producing and installing a retaining wall system for a project is determined by many factors that are mentioned below

  • Project Location
  • Retaining Height
  • Wall Length
  • Soil Conditions
  • Lateral Pressure and Loads
  • Water Drainage
  • Required Backfill
  • Architectural Finish Type
  • Labor Conditions
  • Right Equipment Availability
  • Owner/Contractor
  • Requirements for Jobsite
  • Underlying Obstructions,
  • Obstacles, Utilities, etc.
  • Overhead Bridges,
  • Obstacles, Barriers,
  • Utilities, etc.


Benefits of Precast Concrete Retaining Walls

  • Aesthetic Appeal: AFTEC offers a wide variety of precast concrete retaining walls designed to suit any and every artistic taste. The walls are easily colored with stains or sealers to enhance the area where applied. AFTEC retaining walls are also available in many colors, designs, textures, and styles.
  • Erosion Control: Erosion affects more than just beaches and canyons; it damages lawns and gardens too. The most common types of landscape erosion come from two sources: water and people walking on the grass. Both are easily prevented when utilizing a precast concrete retaining wall where applicable.
  • Flood Prevention: Those who live close to bodies of water understand the persistent threat of flooding. By placing retaining walls alongside property borders near water, you’re protecting your area before it gets flooded.
  • Cost-Effective: The walls utilized by AFTEC products are cantilevered concrete walls that are among the most durable in the marketplace; some even meet the standards of hurricane resistance. The unique design of a cantilevered wall also maximizes durability while reducing the amount of material needed to make the wall.

Service Areas: Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, Princeton, Atlantic City, Paterson, Edison, Toms River, Clifton, Hoboken, Morristown, and in all other cities of New Jersey.

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Call us at (833) 403-1286 to learn more about our precast concrete forming systems for your next project!