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How to Choose the Right Type of Retaining Wall for Your Project

You have many options when it comes to retaining wall construction in Aurora, Denver, and the surrounding areas. In fact, there are more than ten types of retaining walls, all offered at Slaton Brothers Inc. Depending on the purpose of the wall, its location, and how you want it to look, you can choose any one of these options. 

If you are looking for an experienced retaining wall contractor in the Denver or Dallas areas, look no further than the professionals at Slaton Bros, Inc. Contact us online or call (303) 806-8160 to learn more about our services.

Different Types of Retaining Walls

  • Wire Faced Walls 

If you’re looking for a standard cost-effective retaining wall, wire-faced walls are the way to go. These walls are very lightweight, flexible, and easy to install. They can also be trimmed and modified to fit virtually any shape.

  • Temporary and Permanent Shoring 

Temporary shoring acts to prevent soil collapse during an excavation and can also protect the structural integrity of a building that lacks stability. As a temporary fix, it provides a way to hold the area steady so repairs or construction can be performed. Permanent shoring, on the other hand, provides permanent support for land or structures.

  • Segmental Block Retaining Walls

Segmental block retaining walls consist of modular blocks that interlock with each other, creating an attractive look. Slaton Brothers uses a variety of rock, brick, and block materials to ensure this type of retaining wall has the look you’re going for. 

  • Sound/Noise Barriers 

If you’re worried more about sound and noise levels than anything else, a sound/noise barrier is the way to go. These are a great option if you live near a highway, construction zone, or other noisy entity. 

  • Gabions 

If you need to stabilize slopes along shorelines, hills, and other natural structures, a gabion retaining wall might be the way to go. Gabion walls consist of large wire baskets, which are filled with gravel, stones, or other heavy materials.

  • Fence Walls 

These are a great option when you want to combine strength, durability, and aesthetics. Fence walls are built to last using high-strength concrete masonry units, steel reinforcement, and concrete grout.

  • Screen Walls 

When you need a retaining wall that offers privacy, aesthetics, and division over actual retention, screen walls are the way to go. 

  • Soil Nail Walls 

Soil nail walls are another heavy-duty, durable option for retaining wall construction. 

  • Prefabricated Bridges 

Prefabricated bridges often get used alongside MSE walls and are both offered by Slaton Brothers. Contact us to get started if you need them both or just one or the other. 

  • Sculpted Shotcrete 

Sculpted shotcrete might be newer and lesser-known than other types of retaining walls, but it’s rapidly growing in popularity. Sculpted shotcrete is like the spray foam insulation of the retaining wall construction industry, and it’s a great option if you’re looking for something affordable, quick, and reliable. 

  • Precast Modular Block Walls 

While they’re similar to segmental rock retaining walls, MSE walls, and fence walls, precast modular block walls are unique. They use the same construction process as the other three retaining walls, but the precast blocks are much larger than the blocks and rocks used in other applications. 

How to Choose the Right Type of Retaining Wall 


It’s important to understand that not every type of wall is applicable to every situation. Contact us to find out from our engineering team which retaining wall construction is right for you. 


As with all things, your budget will play a big role in which retaining wall you choose because some options are much cheaper than others. 


Choosing the right retaining wall will also depend on whether you need a permanent or temporary retaining wall. 


Finally, some of our retaining walls are much more aesthetically pleasing than others. If you’re retaining wall is also decorative, it’s important to choose an option that looks good. 

Contact the Top Retaining Wall Construction Company in Denver

No matter what type of retaining wall you choose, Slaton Brothers, LLC is the company to choose. We’re a leading retaining wall construction company in Denver and Dallas, and have nearly a dozen retaining wall options to choose from. Contact us online or call (303) 806-8160 to learn more about our team and our services.

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