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Retaining Walls: Timber Vs. Block

Most everyone has heard of a retaining wall being made with either timbers or block material and most of the time, the question of “why?” comes up when discussing which one to choose.

Timber Wall

Pros:

  • Cheaper- timber walls are less expensive than block walls
  • Easy installation- timbers are easy to install for both landscapers and the DIY homeowner
  • Looks- timbers are simple, look great, and are the “old reliable” for landscapers and homeowners

Cons:

  • Wood rot- though timber walls are said to last 15 to 20 years, many don’t seem to last that long
  • Strength- timber walls are great for smaller walls. Also over time, soil and timbers may soften and start pushing out.

Retaining Wall Block

Pros:

  • Versatile- you can create a unique look with curves, columns, corners, etc.
  • Strength- one of the strongest, long lasting materials that can last for years
  • Beauty- because of its versatility, every wall can be different and unique to you and your yard

Cons:

  • Money- blocks are more expensive than timbers, but they last 2x as long if not for a lifetime
  • Install- though we have had many homeowners install their own retaining walls, they may be a little difficult, but we can help you find a contractor that’s perfect for you!