The retaining wall market in the Duluth area is significant. The hills of the city constantly require homeowners to build walls after stretching their lot to its fullest width. There is a great degree of difficulty however in getting traditional block walls to survive here. The amount of precipitation and frost we receive has led to a substantial failure rate. BEWARE OF GUARANTEES REGARDLESS OF WHO IS GIVING THEM. No contractor wants to come back and take down your wall only to rebuild it and hope it doesn’t fail again. Typically, once a wall fails, homewoners and contractors look for a new solution. Better to do it right the first time.
We have had great success with boulder structures as opposed to block walls. While we can build vertically with boulders, typically we lean them against a hillside. This process creates a more natural look while decreasing material and labor costs and virtually ensuring the wall’s success.