A brief history of retaining walls

Continuing our history of series, this week we’re discussing retaining walls. The early Egyptians were the architects of some of the first retaining walls, when they were trying to stop flooding and soil erosion in their fields along the banks of the Nile river.

Of course, a retaining wall is defined as any wall of any material that is used to stop the movement of soil in areas where a change in ground elevation is needed.

Today, we use concrete, timber, blocks and other solutions to build our retaining walls, but in the past many different materials including gabion style walls made from reeds as used by the Egyptians were also used.

Retaining Walls of course have a functional value – that they hold back soil – but more and more companies are designing aesthetically pleasing products to perform these duties. Allowing consumers to include retaining walls as part of their overall design in their gardens.

Gone are the issues of rot and termites from wooden sleepers – although these are still used – and most products these days are long lasting and strong.

Some are also beautiful to look at, like the glass embedded blocks from Island Block. The glint of sunlight off the recycled glass, make a nice addition to any yard or outdoor area.

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