Tazscapes Inc. offers clients landscaping services that include various types and styles of retaining walls for residents. Retaining walls in Calgary is perhaps one of the most important features in landscaping construction because it is all about functionality.
Aesthetics play a major part in the style of retaining walls you choose – whether precast retaining wall blocks, natural rock retaining wall stones or simple garden walls.
But when it comes down to it, for us, it’s about providing our clients with a landscaping service that gives them proper function. A properly built retaining wall is absolutely imperative, and poor construction methods can cause major drainage issues in your residential yard that can prove to be quite costly to overcome. There are many different types and styles of retaining walls to choose from, so seeking professional advice from our retaining walls contractors on the matter is essential.
The key to offering quality landscaping that produces quality workmanship is to ensure a detailed site analysis has been conducted regarding drainage patterns for your yard, particularly for large backyards and acreage landscaping, so the retaining walls installation is perfect.
This includes marking our grade elevations, so we can calculate not only the current and proposed drainage but also accurately be able to estimate the amount of material required for the project, thus pricing the job accurately.
At Tazscapes Inc., we often recommend our residential clients to go with precast retaining wall blocks – especially for small to mid-size Calgary yards. This is due to the variety of shapes, colours, textures and styles that are available to choose from. Precast walls are very durable and stand tough to alleviate any slope from drainage issues, and produce an aesthetically pleasing feature in your yard.
Natural rock or boulder retaining wall stones have become a very popular product to choose from, more specifically when you are dealing with larger slopes or larger residential properties such as acreage landscaping. The retaining wall stones are integrated into the yard beautifully, giving the outdoor space a very natural feel. Options include Rundle retaining wall stones, East Kootenay stones and even limestone boulder stones, depending on our client’s desired look.
Garden walls are often suggested by us when clients are seeking landscaping services in Calgary for their shrub, flower, perennial or vegetable gardens. Here, there usually isn’t much of a slope to retain, but rather it is to elevate the garden for ease of gardening and/or bringing some scale and depth to a flat yard.
Wood walls are often avoided mainly due to their lack of durability in the long run compared to rock or stone walls. However, wood retaining walls for smaller slopes is a viable option. They often work best as feature pieces to match existing textures on the house or even as a free-standing vegetable garden box. Our deck builders can work with you to make wood retaining walls that connect your home’s outdoor layout.
The key benefits of retaining walls include extreme functionality in creating and optimizing landscape space, their positive environmental impact, ability to prevent erosion and overall durability. Additionally, they are low-maintenance, adding further value to your home and improving curb appeal.
It depends on the material of the retaining wall, the soil and groundwater. You can expect a retaining wall to last between 25 to 50 years in most cases. Although, you will require minimal maintenance to ensure it operates and retains its pristine condition.
In the City of Calgary, most new or expanding retaining walls require a building safety approval (building permit) to get the project started and finalized. We can assist you with what is needed for the application process.