Versa Lok Block Retaining Wall Price Calculator

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Retaining Wall Price Calculator


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Retaining wall pricing can be a bit murky if you're not familiar with block pricing & labor costs. Outside walls can often vary in price due to supply changes & different scenarios.

VERSA LOK, however it may be priced, is our go-to block when building retaining walls.

So, we designed a calculator to serve as a rough estimate to show how much these projects normally cost, ballpark. Of course, every project is unique and prices may be different here than at an in-person estimate.

Q&A Landscaping builds retaining walls in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. If you're local and need a retaining wall installed, check out our retaining walls page or get in touch here.

Luckily for the retaining wall business, Pittsburgh has no shortage of hills. And, no shortage of land mass to hold back with a retaining wall.

Everything You Need to Know About Retaining Walls Built With Versa-Lok

Hilly terrains require structural support in order to keep soil in place so your landscape doesn’t slide forward and turn into a landslide.

A reinforced retaining wall can prevent this from happening while giving your yard an attractive focal point.

Retaining walls must be durable and long-lasting to keep your yard looking its best.

And selecting the right material and brand that's going to last for the long haul can be overwhelming if you’re just getting started.

Many landscaping experts like Q&A Landscaping opt for Versa-Lok segmental retaining walls units for the best results.

Building Versa-Lok Walls the Right Way

Versa-Lok blocks are the most structural and cost-effective option for retaining walls. They come in different colors allowing you to customize your wall and they are all generally the same price.

The blocks pin together and are very heavy, increasing the life span of your wall but they must be built correctly by a professional to get the most out of it.

We build retaining walls for our clients on a compacted stone base. Compaction is the most important part of the job.

Failure to thoroughly compact the base is devastating to the longevity and appearance of a Versa-Lok retaining wall. We own multiple types of compactors that are best for specific situations.

A drain is installed behind the wall along the bottom, and then we fill behind the wall with clean 2b limestone.

Use the Right Material for Soil Reinforcement

Most yards require soil reinforcement to prevent erosion. Because many Pittsburgh yards have soft soil, you should select your material wisely. Our team can assess your yard and determine if soil reinforcement is necessary for your retaining wall.

We utilize geogrid for retaining walls where applicable to increase the strength of the wall by anchoring the wall to the backfill behind it. The heavy-duty net-like fabric is laid between two rows of blocks and then stretched back into the hillside behind.

The fabric is then covered with the next lift of stone backfill and the process is repeated a few times per wall depending on the height of the wall. The weight of the soil behind the wall stops the wall from being able to bow out.

Blocks May Need to Be Modified to Fit Your Retaining Wall

No two yards are alike, and blocks may need to be cut to accommodate your retaining wall’s design. You must have the right tools and be extremely careful when cutting blocks in order to prevent injury. It’s recommended to leave block cutting to the professionals. Our team is trained to precisely cut blocks to create a beautiful finish for your retaining wall.

We use a block cracker to cut blocks so they will have a finished rough face like the front of the block. Sometimes we will do the caps one shade darker than the wall block if a client is looking for a little more variation and unique design. We are also able to build under cap lighting into retaining walls if desired to elevate your landscape and add dimension.

Choose The Right Professionals to Build Your Versa-Lok Retaining Wall

Building a sturdy, attractive retaining wall that complements your yard is no easy task, especially if you are a novice landscaper. Getting your Versa-Lok retaining wall built by a professional is certainly an investment, but we can guarantee the end result will be much better than DIY and will last for years to come.

Choosing the right Pittsburgh landscaping team is crucial to ensure your retaining wall is built correctly and has the exact design that you want.

While you’re shopping around and getting estimates from various contractors, don’t always assume the cheapest option is best. Q&A Landscaping has strong roots in the Pittsburgh area and we know exactly what it takes to build a custom retaining wall that’s best for your landscape.

While you’re shopping around and getting estimates from various contractors, don’t always assume the cheapest option is best. Q&A Landscaping has strong roots in the Pittsburgh area and we know exactly what it takes to build a custom retaining wall that’s best for your landscape.

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