What are retaining walls?

A retaining wall is a structure that holds back soil or rock from a building, structure or area. Retaining walls prevent downslope movement or erosion and provide support for vertical or near-vertical grade changes. Cofferdams and bulkheads, structures that hold back water, are sometimes also considered retaining walls. Retaining walls are generally made of masonry, stone, brick, concrete, vinyl, steel, or timber. Once popular as an inexpensive retaining material, railroad ties have fallen out of favor due to environmental concerns. Retaining walls are often used as a barrier on a beach. They stop the earth from eroding and collapsing.

Rockhill has over 20 years of experience and will ensure your vision is made a reality. If you’re unsure of the proper height or length for your retaining wall, our experts can take measurements and discuss your needs in order to develop a plan that results in a safe, great looking retaining wall.

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