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FAQ about Retaining Wall Blocks
The best blocks for a retaining wall are interlocking concrete blocks, which are designed to fit together easily and securely without the need for mortar. They are strong and durable and can be used to create a variety of shapes and heights. Additionally, they can be filled with gravel to provide additional strength and stability. Read about how to choose your retaining wall here.
Retaining walls can be a great DIY project. Depending on the size and design of your retaining wall, they can be built yourself. At APC, we have a range of DIY friendly retaining wall products. We recommend concrete retaining wall blocks which are interlocking and the weight of blocks are easier to handle. Proper preparation is key and it’s important to take your time when building your wall. Before starting your project, we recommend speaking with one of our expert staff who can help talk your through your project.
Retaining walls are better than concrete sleepers for a few reasons. Firstly, retaining wall blocks are available in various shapes, sizes, colours and textures, allowing for more design possibilities than concrete sleepers. Blocks have an easier installation process than sleepers and only require one person to handle and install them, making the job easier. While sleepers are difficult, heavy to move, and need multiple people to handle and install them. Blocks also cost less than sleepers, so they are a more affordable option for many homeowners. Read our blog post for more information on why retaining wall blocks are better than concrete sleepers.
Retaining walls under 800mm may not require a structural engineer. Retaining walls that are over 1m may require a structural engineer, depending on location and the type of soil it needs to retain.
Absolutely! Retaining walls can add value to a home in a variety of ways. The most obvious benefit is increasing the usable outdoor space of a home by creating a flat, level area for seating, gardening, entertaining and more. Improving your home exterior can also potentially increase your home’s overall value. Read our blog post for ideas on transforming your backyard with retaining wall blocks.
You will need a retaining wall block product that is used for curved walls. Some retaining wall blocks are used for straight walls and can’t be used for fire pits. At APC, we have a specific range of retaining wall blocks for curved walls which you can view here. You can also view our DIY Fire Pit guide here.
Australian Paving Centre is your one stop shop for all your retaining wall block needs. We have the largest range of block options in Adelaide and South Australia and knowledgeable staff who can help you choose the right block for your project.
Yes. If there is no drainage behind your retaining wall, the safety and structure of your wall will be compromised. This is due to water being retained behind the wall and adding force and pressure against the wall. It is important to include adequate draining when building a retaining wall.
We have the best retaining walls range in Adelaide to choose from. Visit your local APC store near you to view our amazing retaining wall displays. For those who are handy, we have a huge range of DIY Retaining wall information to help you through every step of building your retaining wall. Alternatively, we have preferred licensed retaining wall builders to quote for any retaining wall installation.
To give you an indication of the breakdown of costs, if a retaining wall project was to cost $5,000, the product materials will cost about $1,666 or about 33% of the total job or quote. In addition, the breakdown of the labour for this $5,000 project would cost about the same as the product materials which is another $1,666 or about 33% of the total job. The balance of these costs of about 33% are made up of sand and rubble, dump fees, earthworks and other miscellaneous costs.
APC Has you covered for Retaining Wall Blocks in Adelaide
At Australian Paving Centre we have a wide range of retaining wall blocks and retaining walls in Adelaide. A retaining wall has a lot of different features and benefits however, its main purpose is to hold or retain soil.
Retaining walls in landscaped gardens add visual appeal or are used for a sloped block, create levels or terraced blocks or for general garden beds and edging. They are also used along boundaries and we have a range of retaining wall blocks that are perfect for the DIYer.
Our retaining walls are both practical and visually appealing, so the right choice of retaining wall blocks not only add value to your home but you can create stunning hardscapes around your home.
We have a wide range of retaining wall products that are suitable for any budget and project around your home including near vertical walls, set back walls, terraced walls, curved walls, create various heights and lengths and create steps. We also have a range of concrete sleepers and cement sleepers or if you’re looking for a product that’s easier to handle, our DIY friendly retaining wall blocks are your perfect choice.
Australian Paving Centre specialises in retaining wall supplies for residential retaining wall or commercial retaining wall projects. With many years experience in the landscaping industry, we provide the perfect retaining and garden walling solutions for your backyard.
We have a wide range of retaining wall products available that you can select from including; retaining wall blocks, concrete sleepers, freestone block, limestone block, concrete retaining wall blocks and besser blocks available in textured or smooth block finishes.
Our team can also expertly recommend designs and ideas for your retaining wall and provide suitable products for your needs.