When it comes to retaining wall material, you have a lot of choices. When you envision your ideal backyard landscape ( or yardscape as we here at Dig call it!), what do you see? Perhaps a quaint English brick or stone wall, or a beautiful West coast style wood wall? You might not, being the green loving Vancouverite you are, think of concrete blocks right off the top of your head. But the Dig Boys love working with concrete blocks, and recommend it as your retaining wall choice.
WHY GO FOR CONCRETE?
Concrete blocks are safe, stable and built to last. A concrete block retaining wall requires a mortar-less installation which can be done year round (especially in our balmy North West climate). Brick and wood are notorious for collapse, as brick requires impeccably applied grout and mortar and wood requires braces and tie backs. You concrete blocks aren't going anywhere.
Concrete blocks are an affordable option that gives you an extra bang for your buck thanks to their long-life durability. Wood may stand out as the most affordable choice, but keep in mind that wood has the cheapest up-front cost. Wood has the shortest life span of retaining wall materials, and can be prone to rot or infestation if not treated properly.
Contrary to what you might imagine, concrete blocks are a very versatile option for retaining walls. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and finishes. They give you the ability to add curves or corners to your yardscape, while an option like wood limits you to straight lines. If you’re concerned with so much gray, add a little ivy here, some plants there, and before you know it your retaining wall will blend right into your natural landscape.
Concrete blocks can be a very eco-friendly choice. West Coasters are famous for our earth loving recycling spirits, and us Dig Boys are proud to uphold this image. Dig uses blocks made out of recycled concrete to build up those fine retaining walls.
We're flexible to work with you and any retaining wall material you may choose, but we definitely like, or shall we say, “dig,” concrete blocks above all options. We hope you “dig” them too!