To improve the beauty of one’s compound, landscaping is very important. This is especially so if the home or the building have sloping compound. In sloping compound or fields, it is a common practice for the professionals doing the landscaping to use retaining walls to divide the land into flat portions of different heights. Flat portions are easy to decorate and plant flowers on. A retaining wall has 2 functions; the main function is retaining soils on the higher portion from sliding down and the other function is beautification. There are different materials that are used to make these walls and one can choose any depending of results he or she expects, cost and availability.
Wood and Timber
These are very common materials in landscaping. Timber used here are treated and enhanced so that they do not rot or become eaten up by termites and bugs. Timber can also be painted or just left to have a natural look. There are also certain types of timber and wood that have natural resistant to rot and termites. If not well treated a wall made from timber may collapse over a short period of time.
Concrete Blocks or Units
This is another common material in landscaping. The good thing about concrete is that it is available in a wide range of types, shapes, designs, textures and colors. Blocks made from concrete are also very light compared to natural stone blocks. Since concrete blocks can be interlocking, hollow, half hollow or solid, the homeowner has the chance of choosing the right block design for the work.
These are also produced in different shapes, texture and designs. The blocks are made from Portland cement mixture and they are suitable for use in areas where mortar is not required. Finished work from stone blocks look like natural stone but it is much cheaper.
Natural Stone Blocks
Natural stone block comes in block or units which can be regular or irregular. They have stylish outlook and hence they are the most expensive wall material.
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