Retaining Walls Ipswich
Quality Retaining Walls Ipswich
Vorstman Constructions is a leading provider of professionally designed retaining walls in Ipswich. With more than 25 years in the construction industry we have built a solid reputation for our honesty, integrity and workmanship.
We are a trusted company specialising in hardscapes, in particular retaining walls that require extensive expertise due to the complexity of the build. When you need a top-level construction company to resolve your retaining wall issues, you can’t do better than calling Vorstman Constructions on 0447 211 770 for a free, onsite quote.
Free onsite retaining wall quotes
When it comes to retaining walls in Ipswich, nothing beats being onsite for truly appreciating what’s needed for your project. An in-person inspection of the site allows us to understand the complexity of the retaining wall that’s required, materials needed and its dimensions. With all of this information, we can give you an accurate and obligation free quote for your retaining wall.
We are proud of our work and are happy to answer any of your questions concerning your project. That’s another benefit of being onsite – you can ask all the questions you need and we can explain why one type of retaining wall is better than another for your project. With a free, custom quote that’s tailored specifically to your project, you know exactly how much the project will cost when you engage our services.
Materials used in retaining walls
The type of materials used in retaining walls depends on the amount of weight it needs to support. Many residential properties in Ipswich require small retaining walls, acting more as partitions than a solid force that needs to hold back a large amount of soil. On the other hand, homes built on hillsides often require high retaining walls that demand more strength to hold back a large amount of soil. Then there’s the large commercial or industrial developments that need extensive retaining walls to support a massive amount of soil.
Generally, materials for retaining walls can be separated into timber, stone veneer, poured concrete, bricks, concrete blocks or sleepers, boulders, dry stone, and gabions.
These natural looking retaining walls are easy to build, although they will rot over time and are not recommended for heights over 1.2m.
These give a warm and inviting feeling to your home and are very popular in traditional builds. Brick provides a solid retaining wall that’s very popular in Ipswich.
Concrete blocks are designed to sit on a gravel base and are available in a variety of shapes, colours and sizes. They can be used to create curves but tend to be limited to a height of 1.2m.
These can be built to a height of 4m, but require steel posts, rather than timber posts for added strength. These highly engineered walls are ideal for housing developments and environments where a massive amount of soil needs to be retained.
This is a popular architectural option giving sleek, smooth walls with a modern flair. Poured in situ, this material can be shaped into any form you require, offering lots of design options. Poured concrete does, however, require internal support to give additional strength and prevent cracking.
Used for its decorative features, not its load bearing capacity, stone veneer retaining walls require a solid core to support even the smallest loads but this provides flexibility in its dimensions.
These boulders provide a rustic feeling to retaining walls in Ipswich and are dry stacked to give a natural ambiance. They can be built to a height of 4m but require careful drainage to prevent failure.
Similar to boulder retaining walls, dry stone can be easily stacked and is perfect for providing a cottage garden feel to your home. They are rarely built higher than 1.2 metres and also require careful drainage to protect their integrity.
Given the width of gabion walls, they require a lot of space, so are not suitable for small areas. They can be built to a height of 8m, however, this requires particular engineering skills. Gabion retaining walls offer a unique type of urban/industrial feel to a property.
Which type of retaining wall do you need?
The materials used in your retaining wall will be partly determined by the type of wall that’s required for your project. In general, there are four different types of retaining wall designs, as follows.
1. Gravity walls
Gravity retaining walls have a backwards lean and a very thick base. They are designed to use the weight of the wall to hold back a massive amount of soil. These are the type of retaining walls you often see alongside Ipswich motorways when the road has been cut through a hillside. They can be used in residential, commercial and industrial applications.
2. Anchored walls
These retaining walls are anchored into the ground by steel cables that are secured in concrete. The steel cables provide additional strength to the wall and they are ideal for extremely high load bearing projects, tight spaces or when a slimline wall is required.
3. Cantilever walls
Perfect for holding back a large amount of soil, cantilever retaining walls are made with steel-reinforced concrete with a concrete slab foundation and for some projects, require buttressing along the front face. They are engineered to transfer horizontal pressures into vertical pressures, making them suitable for large and complex projects.
4. Sheet pile
These are generally temporary walls that hold back water or extremely wet soil and are perfect for quays, harbours and piers. Applications include defending against floods, protecting river banks from erosion, holding back soil during excavations on building sites and constructing dams. They are used in commercial and industrial projects, rather than residential developments.
Why choose Vorstman Constructions?
Vorstman Constructions is a family owned and operated company servicing the Ipswich area. With more than 25 years in the industry, we have a long standing reputation for building quality retaining walls on complex sites. For affordability, quality, experience and customer service, you can’t go wrong with Vorstman Constructions!
- Australian, family owned and operated company.
- Fully insured and all work 100% guaranteed.
- Local specialist in retaining walls.
- Friendly customer service.
- Free, onsite quotes.
Leading provider of retaining walls in Ipswich
Vorstman Constructions is a leading provider of retaining walls in Ipswich, specialising in complex projects that require innovative designs. Whether you want a simple timber retaining wall for your garden or a highly engineered retaining wall for a commercial project, don’t hesitate to call us on 0477 211 770 or send us an email enquiry and ask for a free, onsite quote.
There’s every reason to get in touch with the Vorstman team today to arrange your free quote today.