What are Retaining Walls?
Landscape retaining walls are engineered using large retaining wall blocks. These walls are specially designed to provide maximum support against the lateral pressure of gravity to the upright soil slopes and sloppy walls. These walls are the most suitable solutions to control landscaping and erosion of patios and soil slopes.
Several types of retaining walls are used to withstand the lateral pressure of gravity most prominent among them are, cantilever, gravity, concrete retaining walls and sheet-piled.
AFTEC manufactures retaining wall systems in a controlled environment with various decorative accents, finishes, and textures for added versatility. Our services are available in South Carolina.
Concrete Retaining Wall Blocks
AFTEC specializes and practices in the engineering of large precast retaining walls on observable surfaces with various architectural patterns.
We manufacture large precast retaining blocks that can be used to support small to medium soil slopes up to the height of 12ft from one level to another. We also construct precast fences and barriers on top of the walls where needed. Our customized services are available in Charleston and Columbia. Our skillful and experienced engineers follow current growing needs and trends while manufacturing retaining walls.
Types of Retaining Walls
AFTEC provides upright soil slopes and ideal protection against lateral gravity pressure. Our customized walls are best for small to medium slopes of up to 12ft. moreover, we provide precast concrete fence and barrier installation services for the top of the walls as well where required.
These are some of the most significant types of retaining walls.
Gravity walls are engineering using rigid-footing techniques and various reinforcements for added strength. These walls are made of large concrete blocks and boulders. Upright slopes use the weight of concrete blocks to withstand lateral pressure of gravity.
CMU blocks are used to concrete masonry retaining walls. Precisely, the standard size of kiln-fired brick and mortar for this purpose is 8” x 4” x 2.25”. Steel is also used to engineer masonry for added strength and long lifespan.
The sheet-piled retaining walls are the most suitable option for soft soils. These walls are constructed by fiberglass, vinyl, steel, plastic and wooden planks. The sheet-piled walls must be hammered 2/3 elevation of the wall into the ground at least.
Masonry and concrete blocks along with steel reinforcement are used to manufacture cantilever retaining walls. Cantilever walls are considered the most durable due to their ability to transform horizontal pressure into perpendicularly vertical ones.