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Add value & appeal to your home with Retaining Walls and Steps. There are a lot of people these days building retaining walls, with some building it to create a new garden bed to retain soil and others to reclaim sloping land. Regardless of whether it’s a garden bed or a load bearing wall to retain sloping land, there’s certainly some things that you should consider to help you do the job once and do the job well! • The first step is knowing the height and size of your required wall. The height of the wall is the most critical thing you must consider before building a wall. This is important because there are some retaining wall products that can go higher than others without reinforcement and engineering. Also, regulations around maximum wall heights are dependent on your local council. If you’re ever unsure, drop into your local APC store to talk to one of our retaining wall experts because it’s really important to get this right for both council, and safety! Once we understand the purpose of the wall and how high we need it, what’s next? • Then it’s your time to choose the colours and textures you desire in your retaining wall. At APC, we supply Adbri Masonry retaining walls and we’re a trained and Certified Adbri Gold Partner. The Adbri range is ideal as there’s a variety of different colours, sizes and textures! There are some things to consider to help you make the right decision. • Is your retaining wall in a noticeable area where people will see it? If so, the finished look will be important and therefore it’s best to choose colours and textures that compliment your home. • Would you like to build steps within the Retaining Wall? Some retaining wall blocks have better systems for building steps than others. Steps made from blocks can transform unusable sloping land in to a real garden feature and maximise your living space. • The next key consideration is, who will be installing the retaining wall and garden steps? Generally, your two options are DIY retaining walls or to hire a retaining wall contractor. In Adelaide retaining walls are available to inspect in APC’s retaining wall display centres. • If you want to take the DIY challenge then APC have plenty of DIY retaining wall products, you can also check out all our handy DIY information and videos on the APC website. • Alternatively, you can have a retaining wall contractor install the retaining wall blocks for you… To take the guesswork out of selecting a qualified and reliable retaining wall installer, we’ve developed the APC Preferred Tradie program. The friendly staff at your APC store can help you find the right tradie who is licensed, has extensive experience with Adbri retaining wall products to ensure that you get the best possible outcome for your project. To register a quote on line, click here.