Retaining Walls and Swimming Pools
When are Retaining Walls Really Neccessary?
Many yards that pools are installed in are not your typical flat area. We deal with many differences in elevation throughout our area that we install in. Obviously a pool has to be level, and to achieve that in a lot of cases a retaining wall is needed to level off the desired area where the pool must go.
Some installations can be managed with just tractor work and changing the grade of the area, but in many situations we may build a wall of two feet or less at times for the cosmetic enhancement that comes along with the wall and the look it adds to the project.
Drainage is one important factor you must consider when installing a pool. When the pool builder changes grades in a backyard the existing drainage flow goes out the window, so to enable proper drainage away from the house or pool area a retaining wall is needed.
There are many different types of retaining wall materials that are used throughout the nation by different builders. The main thing that needs to be remembered with retaining walls is that some walls work better for different applications. For instance, if I were to be installing a vanishing edge pool to where the pool is situated up close to the wall i prefer using a solid poured concrete wall. If a stacked block wall were used in this process grid is required in accordance with the wall, so therefore I may not be able to place the pool as close to the wall as desired to make sure that my wall was built properly.
Retaining walls do add cost to the overall project, but are sometimes just needed. They add the curb apeal is some applications, but in some cases add the ability to actually install a pool in some backyards.