Retaining walls are essential for landscaping as they provide support for hillsides and prevent erosion within your outdoor space. However, building a retaining wall is a significant project, so it’s vital to fully understand the cost before getting started. This article will provide some helpful information about the price of a new retaining wall to help you move forward with the wall design process.
How Much Does a Retaining Wall Cost?
On average, homeowners pay between $40 to $50 per square foot for constructing a new retaining wall on their property. This range is relatively broad, but various factors influence the project’s price. In the following section, we’ll discuss a few critical decisions that will determine the cost of your new retaining wall.
What Determines the Cost of a Retaining Wall?
Determining the cost of a retaining wall depends on multiple factors. If you are thinking about putting a retaining wall on your property, consider the following factors to estimate how much it will cost you.
The Material Type
The price can vary substantially depending on the selections you make for your new retaining wall. A top determining factor for the cost of the wall is the material you choose. For example, landscaping companies may charge more for wall built from manufactured block than natural stone boulders.
While block provides an impressive visual effect with many colors and sizes available, it is usually the most expensive material for retaining walls. Especially since some brands offer wall block with unique design styles and they come at a higher cost. Balancing cost against and aesthetic appeal is a vital aspect of the wall design process.
It goes without saying that the bigger the retaining wall is, the more expensive it will be. Smaller walls may also be more costly if the work area is inaccessible for equipment such as mini-excavators because the contractor has to use man power instead of machines. In addition, some retaining walls require engineering, which further increases the overall cost.
Whether you want a freestanding wall surrounding your paver patio and fire pit, or have a steep hillside that needs to be retained with proper drainage to prevent erosion, Northwood Outdoor Services is your top choice in the northwest and west metro of the Twin Cities. Reach out today to schedule a consultation.