Retaining walls are built when a building site is surrounded by non-building materials such as dirt, trees, or stones that do not allow the construction of the building. The retaining wall is used to stop soil erosion and slope uplift. After any soil is removed from the site, loose earth forms an unstable surface slope on which a retaining wall can be built.
Retaining barriers are fences designed to keep people and animals from entering or exiting a property. They’re typically made of stone, brick, or concrete, and often have a metal railing or fence around them. Their purpose is to keep people and animals out. While retaining walls can be an effective way to keep people and animals separated, they come with a few caveats.
First and foremost, retaining walls are not always effective at preventing access by people who climb them or dig under them. In fact, many accidental breaches occur as a result of climbers losing their grip on the wall or builders’ mistakes when installing the wall.
Second, retaining walls can also prevent animals from crossing a property line if they’re built incorrectly. Not all animals will cross a property line – some may prefer to stay on one side – so it’s important to consider the type of animal you’re protecting when building your wall. Finally, retaining walls can block views and sunlight from entering homes or businesses below them, which can be a nuisance for residents.