Geofoam Retaining Wall Fill
Retaining walls are structures that hold or retain soil. Some typical materials that are used to construct retaining wall is concrete, sand, soil, crushed rock or boulders. The problem with using these traditional materials is that they are heavy which makes them harder to construct with both in terms of labor effort, resources and time. A great lightweight alternative material for constructing retaining walls is EPS geofoam. In fact, geofoam blocks weigh 100 times less than traditional retaining wall materials.
The lower weight of geofoam allows construction workers to easily construct segmental retaining walls in a quick and efficient manner. The EPS material itself has a high compressive resistance making it ideal for holding surrounding structures and soil in place. To add, it is water-resistant which makes it more immune from wear and tear over time. Geofoam offers great stability—making it a highly appealing material to build a retaining wall.
Using an EPS Geofoam product in a retaining structure will provide less lateral pressure and prevent any settlement. It is also good for improving waterproofing as the EPS geofoam is a closed cell material and will not rot, leach into the ground, or decompose over time. The light weight aspects of the material reduce lateral force on retaining wall systems or abutment. Most teams will install a drainage system below the geofoam to prevent any hydro-static pressure or buoyancy.
When considering what fill material to use for your next retaining wall project, consider EPS geofoam. It weighs only about 1 to 2 lbs per cubic feet which means it can be easily moved around and doesn’t require large construction moving equipment. Geofoam can also be installed in any type of weather condition. Unlike other fill material that may be impacted by cold or rainy weather conditions, geofoam is resistant to adverse climates. This allows you to follow your project timeline without any interruption when building a retaining wall with Geofoam International.
At Geofoam International, we’re here to help you construct a retaining wall that is extremely reliable, supportive and cost effective. Our geofoam retaining wall blocks can be custom cut and shaped to fit your needs and if you need additional services constructing your wall, Geofoam International is the leading foam block service provider in the industry. To see what we’re capable of creating with EPS foam blocks, click here to view more projects.