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Maximizing Durability and Aesthetics: Choosing the Right Retaining Wall Blocks

May 21, 2024

Retaining walls don't have to be boring. When you choose the right retaining wall blocks, you'll be able to maximize durability and aesthetics, transforming your landscaping into a functional work of art. At Nicolock Paving Stones, we make it easy to strike the right balance of beauty and strength by offering an incredible selection of retaining walls. Not sure where to start? We'll walk you through it, with the knowledge and tips you need to choose the right retaining wall blocks for your landscape design.

Retaining Wall Blocks Basics

Retaining wall blocks are simply modular blocks designed to interlock in a way that creates a sturdy and stable wall. The job of the wall is to hold back soil, which prevents erosion and eliminates steep slopes in your landscape. The best retaining walls are flexible in design and construction, conforming perfectly to your design. From sleek and straight retaining walls like the Keystone Compac® Contemporary to a more natural-looking Outcropping Retaining Wall, you'll find a full range of styles to choose from at Nicolock Paving Stones.

Choosing Retaining Wall Blocks

When choosing retaining wall blocks, there are a few things you should keep in mind to get the right wall blocks for your landscape design.

1.) Material - Will you choose concrete or natural stone? Most modular retaining walls are made of concrete and designed to look like natural stone. Concrete retaining wall blocks are durable, versatile and affordable, making them a great choice for most applications. Concrete wall blocks come in a variety of colors, textures and finishes, offering an endless array of design possibilities.

2.) Design - Will you choose a modular system or a segmental retaining wall? Nicolock Paving Stones specializes in modular systems, with walls that are interlocking to make installation easier. Modular retaining wall systems like the Firma® Wall are flexible in design and allow for curved or angled walls. You can even incorporate steps, corners and other features into your wall, making it unique.

3.) Site Conditions - The site conditions will play a big role in which retaining wall systems you choose. Consider the soil type and how much drainage it needs when building your retaining wall. Choose blocks that are suitable for the conditions at your specific site and that will provide adequate drainage to prevent unnecessary moisture buildup behind the wall.

Installation and Maintenance

You want your retaining wall to last and to look good throughout its life, which is why you need to make sure that it is installed correctly and that you maintain it the right way. Need help finding a contractor? Nicolock Paving Stones can help you find a professional to do the job.

Once the retaining wall is in place, regular maintenance can ensure its longevity. You should check the wall regularly for signs of settling, cracking or erosion and address any issues quickly to avoid damage. Remove debris, vegetation and excess soil from the surface of the wall to maintain its appearance and clean as needed using a mild detergent and water to help move dirt, stains and any visible algae growth. Retaining wall systems from Nicolock Paving Stones require minimal maintenance, making them a great addition to any landscape. Shop the selection today to find the right retaining wall for your space.