What is the easiest retaining wall to build?
An Xpress Engineering designed retaining wall, of course! With fast design delivery and assured structural soundness, you’ll love your new wall. While DIYers can often handle a block retaining wall if less than 3 feet tall, the most versatile, strong and secure retaining walls by far are a cantilever design specially created for your installation space.
What is the cheapest type of retaining wall?
Cheap retaining walls are not always the best idea, since cheap can sometimes mean poorly designed and engineered. Many materials, suppliers and labor factors contribute to the ultimate cost of any retaining wall.
For example, a cast-in-place cantilever retaining wall designed by an engineer may be more expensive than a similar wall built with solid (but improperly reinforced) concrete blocks by a well intended builder or landscaper. But if that wall should fail next month or next year, you will likely be forced to rebuild it, making the entire project far more expensive. Similarly, a retaining wall built without considering drainage or with improper backfill may end up causing headaches and additional costs for years to come.
If you are on a tight budget, and especially if your wall will be more than 3-4 feet high, it would be wise to contact several experienced local contractors for ideas and quotes before diving in. With the basic height, length, and type of wall you want, most contractors can provide at least a rough initial estimate. However, for taller walls especially, make certain the quote includes a design by a qualified engineer. It will likely be required by your local building codes. So if an engineer design is not proposed, it would be wise to insist that your new wall should be designed by a qualified engineer such as Xpress Engineering.
About Xpress Engineering
For years we have heard this comment from homeowners, architects, contractors and designers:
“It’s just a small structural design, can we get it back tomorrow?”
For many engineering tasks, this request is hard to accommodate due to the complexities inherent in structural design. A lot goes into creating a strong, safe project, fit for use and beautiful to look at! Most of the work in a project goes on ‘behind the scenes’, and may even remain invisible to the eye when the final product is completed.
Yet clients can’t always hang around waiting forever for the structural engineer to complete your wall design. Some structural design services can definitely be performed in a shorter amount of time than the average structural engineer will quote.
Xpress Engineering was created to provide these services! We know life moves fast, and we’re here to help you bring your building dreams to life without waiting forever for a response.
Xpress Engineering has over 25 years of combined structural engineering experience to insure ideal retaining wall designs for any project.