Choosing the Best Retaining Wall Material

Choosing the Best Retaining Wall Material

Need a retaining wall replacement or repair? One can choose from at least these materials.

Retaining walls are essential features in some backyards. Soil retention is necessary for keeping the land from eroding and preserving landscape design. If you need a retaining wall installation or replacement, you have an opportunity to choose a brand new material and look. However, with the complicated construction of retaining walls and the wide variety of choices, it may be difficult to know where to start. Here are a few guidelines for choosing the best retaining wall material for your property.

Considerations Before Building

Some aspects to consider before picking a material are the height and purpose of the retaining wall. If you have a small garden wall, you may choose smaller-sized pieces for your structure. If it is significantly tall and wide, you will likely use larger stones or blocks to build a substantial wall. 

Drainage is another component in the design which will control the waterflow and health of your yard. The material may affect the drainage. 

Also, what will your view be of the wall? Consider how the textures, colors, and patterns of your landscape might go with a particular retaining wall material.


Concrete comes in many variations and is not merely the boring sidewalk slabs we see around us. Concrete as a retaining wall material can come in many textures, block sizes, and colors. One can choose either block concrete or poured concrete. Both work well for curved designs. Poured concrete may be stronger, but it is more often seen in larger-scale or commercial projects.


Brick is a traditional material, especially in Maryland, and it is far from outdated. Brick is an excellent choice for traditional or historic homes and proves to make a strong and durable wall. There are various historical patterns for brick, including herringbone, running bond, basketweave, and much more.


Stone is perhaps the most expensive option, but it is also a classic. Flagstone slabs, boulders, river rock, and stone veneers are popular choices. While natural stone may be one of the most permanent solutions out there, it also may make drainage more difficult.


For walls under 4 feet high, wood is a practical, cost-effective, and appealing option. Pressure-treated wood will last for decades, but it is the shortest-lived option out of the bunch. It is an attractive feature for nearly any kind of landscape nevertheless. 

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