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The Advantages of Soil Nailing

Mountainous slopes are one of the biggest obstacles keeping people from building the house or business of their dreams. Unfortunately, Aurora, Denver, and the surrounding areas are notoriously hilly and steep. As a result, extra measures, known as soil nailing, must be taken to ensure the safety and stability of your home or business. When it comes to soil nailing, nobody does it better than the pros at Slaton Brothers

To learn more about soil nail wall construction in Denver or Dallas, call (303) 806-8160 or (817) 857-6536 today!

7 Advantages of Soil Nailing 

While there are methods outside of soil nailing to stabilize slopes and prevent landslides, here are some of the reasons to choose soil nailing over other options. 


Soil nailing is one of the cheapest ways to stabilize the slope on which you want to construct a house, business, or roadway. Most of the equipment that gets used in the nailing process is multi-functional, and the actual nails are cheaper than the materials used in other types of walls. 


Because you’re driving nails directly into the soil rather than rebuilding a slope or building an above-ground wall, the process is very eco-friendly. In fact, outside of the actual nail, there’s little to no impact on the ground itself. There are also fewer machines and vehicles involved in soil nailing, which equates to fewer carbon emissions. 

Fast and Efficient 

While highly effective, soil nailing is also extremely fast and takes much less time than traditional bracing walls. Combine the speed with the low cost and fewer moving pieces involved, and soil nailing is also the most efficient way to stabilize the soil. You can also perform soil nailing in tighter and more congested spaces where large walls aren’t an option. 

Because the process of soil nailing is faster than building other types of walls, there are also fewer labor costs involved. 

Easier to Install than Anchor Walls 

In addition to being a speedy process, soil nail walls are also much easier for contractors and engineers than other types of anchoring walls. They need less time, equipment, manpower, and supplies to perform the process, and there are fewer traffic holdups due to construction. Contact us for a complete walk thru of the process and what to expect. 

A Quiet Process 

If you imagine a building process with loud banging, noisy equipment, and droning engines, think again. Soil nailing is a very quiet process compared to other construction projects and will cause little to no disturbance to local homes and businesses. 

Excellent Durability and Performance 

Soil nails have an indefinite lifespan and are expected to last for a minimum of 100 years. That’s far more than standard anchor and retaining walls, which might also last as long, but may require maintenance and repairs. 

Soil nails have also proven their durability by standing through earthquakes, storms, and other seismic events. They can also tolerate a great deal of vehicle traffic if you’re building near a roadway. On average, the soil nailing process also includes more nails than a traditional anchored wall, making it more stable. 


Because soil nailing is a process involving only nails and not a solid wall, it offers a certain degree of flexibility. Flexibility is necessary because the earth is constantly shifting and changing. Soil nails are able to shift to accommodate this movement, but not to the point of being dangerous. 

Who to Contact for Quality Soil Nail Wall Construction in Denver

If you want to build a home, business, or other building, but the sloping features are getting in the way, contact us at Slaton Brothers. We’re the premier engineering and retaining wall specialists for all your soil nailing needs. We can help you determine if soil nailing is the best course of action for you or if you should pursue other options. Call our retaining wall construction experts at (303) 806-8160 to learn more.

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