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Benefits of SRW Units

Segmental retaining walls afford many advantages; among which are design flexibility, aesthetics, economics, ease of installation, performance and durability.

Design flexibility: The size and weight of SRW units make it possible to construct walls on difficult topography or on limited access sites. Curves and other unique layouts can be easily accommodated.  Segmental retaining walls have the ability to function equally well in large-scale applications (highway walls, bridge abutments, erosion control, parking area supports, etc.) as well as smaller residential landscape projects.

Aesthetics: Since SRW units are available in a variety of sizes, shapes, textures and colors, segmental retaining walls provide designers and owners with both an attractive and a structurally sound wall system.

Economics: SRWs provide an attractive, cost effective alternative to other retaining walls. Savings are gained because most on-site soils can usually be used eliminating costs associated with importing fill and/or removing excavated materials, and because there is no need for extensive formwork or heavy construction equipment.

Ease of installation: Most SRW units are small enough to allow placement by a single person. The dry stack method of laying units without mortar allows erection of the wall to proceed rapidly.

Performance: Unlike rigid retaining wall structures, the flexible nature of segmental retaining walls allows them to move and adjust relative to one another.  Segmental retaining walls can readily accommodate differential settlements on the order of 1/200.

Durability: Segmental units are manufactured of high compressive strength, low absorption concrete, which helps make them resistant to spalling, scour, abrasion, the effects of freeze-thaw cycles, rot, and insect damage.