Precast Concrete Retaining Wall Systems

AFTEC is a trusted name for retaining walls in Pennsylvania.

The precast retaining walls designed by AFTEC are highly apt to sustain the adjacent pressure of gravity. Our precast retaining walls are designed in a considerable variety of textures and varnishes for utmost aesthetic and functional versatility.


What are Retaining Walls?

workers installing an AFTEC concrete retaining wall

Retaining walls are used to support soil in a lateral way. Landscape retaining walls are built up of large retaining blocks that hold the slopes of soil. Retaining walls are the most efficient solution to keep the erosion amenable or to even out the patio area. The retaining walls effectively provide architectural support to the adjacent soil pressure of the Earth.

The several popular and most-chosen types of concrete retaining walls that are reliably constructed by AFTEC are gravity, cantilever, masonry, and sheet-piled walls. All of these types vary in their surface textures.

Concrete Retaining Wall Blocks

AFTEC is characterized by its great reputation of specializing in the construction of large precast retaining walls with the amazing architectural patterns on the observable surface.

Large concrete retaining walls blocks manufactured by AFTEC possess an ability to retain the small to medium level of soil elevation which can range up to almost 12 ft. We also build the precast fences and barrier walls on the top of our large concrete retaining wall blocks if required. The need and demand for precast concrete retaining walls are increasing more and more in Pennsylvania & its surroundings, so our designers are set on this purpose to manufacture commendable and dependable retaining walls for our customers.


Types of Retaining Walls

The precast concrete retaining walls designed and manufactured by AFTEC is recognized by the applaudable architectural designs on the visible surface. The retaining walls manufactured by AFTEC have an ability to retain the small to medium level of soil ranging up to 12 feet, from one level to another. The precast fence and barrier can also be incorporated wherever needed.

medium retaining wall with precast fence wall on top


The large boulders and blocks made up of precast concrete are used in order to make gravity concrete retaining walls. The weight concrete wall functions to withstand the pressure from the opposite side. The gravity concrete retaining walls are built categorically higher and harder by inducing support, reinforcement, and rigid-footing techniques.


As evident from the name, masonry units (CMU block walls) are used in masonry retaining walls. 8” x 4” x 2.25” size kiln-fired bricks and mortar are used in the built of these retaining walls. In order to increase their durability, they are often strengthened with steel.

Sheet Piled

This retaining wall type goes best when it comes to being utilized for soft soil or compact areas. The two-third of the elevation of the wall is hammered into the ground. It is manufactured from steel, vinyl, fiberglass, and plastic or wooden planks.


The cantilever is the steel-reinforced masonry or precast concrete retaining walls. The strong structural grip enables them to bear the pressure and turn the horizontal pressure into a perpendicularly vertical one.

Regardless of other factors and types, the main thing which matters the most in the perfect functioning of a retaining wall is its effectual design, installation, and finishing. The steel-reinforced retaining walls made by AFTEC are often three to eight feet long, making them apt to support soil pressure.

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 Pennsylvania

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: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Scranton, Erie, Lancaster, Allentown, Hershey, Gettysburg, West Chester, Bethlehem, and all other cities of Pennsylvania.

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