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Old 12-02-2012, 10:20 PM
 
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Hi,

I'm thinking about hiring a professional to build some retaining walls and side steps (I'd say 30 degree slope). The problem is that different contractors prefer or recommend different materials (limestone, flagstone, concrete block, and just re-bar/pour concrete). We are looking for relatively low maintenance, high durability walls / steps, and possibly boost the resale value (that would be a nice perk). What are some pros and cons on those materials? Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:07 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Make the contractors tell you what they think are the pros and cons. Most likely, limestone would look the best (but maybe not) and concrete block the worst. Properly designed and installed re-bar and concrete is probably the most durable and maintenance free.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Avery Ranch, Austin, TX
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There are concrete block cast to look like stone on the facing...consistent sizing, may be step-designed to 'lock in' to prevent shifting...lighter to work with, then can be filled for strength and stability. Otherwise, I'd likely choose limestone for the walls...can't get much more natural than limestone in central Texas.

It could depend on the amount you need, as to the cost of delivery, etc. vs a concrete/re-bar pour.

Of course, the hidden 'back-side' of the wall is the critical area. That's where the contractor will 'earn' his money, IMO. After all, we MAY get some rain ONE of these days!
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:38 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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Limestone looks good and is relatively cost effective too. I've done some retaining walls with it and it always looks good.
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