Concrete retaining walls are poured in place on site and can be finished with a variety of colors and finishes. Exposed aggregate is popular as are more industrial looks or rag finish treatments where textures and colors can be added. The major disadvantage to concrete is it may crack, as all concrete has a tendency to do our climate, but that can be mitigated with good construction techniques. One of the major advantages of concrete walls is the flexibility in design. Stairs, walks, and patios can be incorporated that unifies the look and ties everything together. They also pair well with other paver type patio materials or natural materials. They are also a good choice where a higher engineered wall is required and can be curved or angular in layout.
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Concrete walls are specific to any one landscape style, but where they really shine in modern – contemporary landscapes where strong angular shapes with crisp edges and a consistent simple texture is desired.