Precast Concrete Retaining Wall Systems

AFTEC is the most prestigious retaining wall company in Virginia. We’ve been offering precisely engineered precast retaining walls that are the best for retaining your soil, minimizing erosion. Retaining walls have proven to be an effective option especially for providing architectural support, holding the lateral pressure of the earth.


What are Retaining Walls?

workers installing an AFTEC concrete retaining wall

AFTEC specializes in manufacturing different types of concrete retaining walls, including gravity, sheet piled, cantilever, etc. Each wall type varies based on the diverse surface textures that AFTEC incorporates as requested by the clients.

Concrete Retaining Wall Blocks

When it comes to the construction of large precast retaining walls with diverse architectural patterns, AFTEC is the name that the clients rely upon.

AFTEC manufactures large blocks of retaining walls that are often customized according to the needs of the customers. These blocks range up to 12ft. in height, and are built according to the requirements of a fence barrier.

We focus on the changing trends and the growing needs of our customers. It helps us to design the precast concrete retaining walls that fulfill the requirements of our clients in Virginia and its surrounding areas.


Types of Retaining Walls

AFTEC takes pride in specializing in several architecturally designed precast concrete walls and fences. We use industrial graded materials that help construct the best retaining walls for our clients. We also incorporate a precast fence wall on the top where needed.

medium retaining wall with precast fence wall on top


Large precast concrete boulders and blocks are used for the construction of gravity concrete walls. The use of the concrete boulders or blocks is done to give strength to the concrete wall so that it can withstand pressure from both sides.

As the retaining walls are built higher, they are incorporated with additional support. This support can be done using steel alongside reinforcement and rigid-footing technique.


The masonry retaining walls are masonry units or CMU block walls. These are constructed using the standard 8” x 4” x 2.25” sized kiln-fire bricks and mortar. The result is precast masonry blocks that are used to construct masonry retaining walls.

In addition to the standard procedure of constructing masonry retaining walls, they are frequently strengthened using the steel. This process ensures the longevity of the wall, making them last long and withstand the test of time.

Sheet Piled

As evident from the name, the sheet piled retaining walls are made from pressing of steel vinyl, fiberglass, plastic or wooden planks to form sheets. These sheets are continuously hammered at least two-thirds of their elevation to form the ground, forming the fence walls. Sheet piled retaining walls are favorable for soft soils and compact areas.

AFTEC ensures top of the line performance that helps in professional designing, finishing, and installation of sheet piled retaining walls. We use reinforced steel for the construction of retaining walls in Virginia.


These retaining walls are manufactured using precast masonry or concrete with reinforced steel. They are installed using a structural foothold that strengthens the overall placement, helping to transform horizontal pressure to a 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 Virginia

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: Richmond, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Charlottesville, Roanoke, Alexandria, Williamsburg, Fairfax, Lynchburg, Fredericksburg, Chesapeake, and in all other cities of Virginia.

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