How to replace a retaining wall the Durawall way
If it’s time to replace your old and tired timber retaining wall – like the one in the picture and you may be thinking where do I start. It only takes one call to Durawall. We have the extensive experience, the skilled manpower and the engineered system to complete any size retaining wall project. We are there from start to the finish. It’s what we do!
Here is an example of how we would handle a project.
First Step – Contact
When you contact us at Durawall, we do our best to work out what your situation is and how we can help you. After a brief chat and if we think we can help, we make an appointment to come out to your home as we like to meet in person to see what needs to be done to complete the task. It also gives you an opportunity to meet us too.
Second Step – Site visit
As we look at your wall, we will ask questions based on experience to gather the information we need to be able to put together our proposal for you. We will also discuss council certification if required.
Certification is required if the retaining wall height is over 1.0m high or combined retaining wall and fence height is over 2.0m high. The council does require a new retaining wall to be certified even if you are just replacing the old one.
We will also discuss the need for a surveyor to peg the boundary if the new wall is to be built there, just so it is built in the right place! A site plan of your home is handy if you have one. We can then identify where the council infrastructure is located i.e. Sewage and Storm Water so that we can address with council.
Access issues are addressed and we will run through the process of the project so that you know what’s involved. Removing and reconstructing a new retaining wall can make a mess of your yard but we have options to reinstate your yard so it recovers quickly after we have completed your new retaining wall. Easy!
Third Step – Proposal is accepted
Once you receive our proposal, if you wish to move forward with our recommendations, email us back and we will request written quotes from the certifier and surveyor so you know exactly what the project budget will be so there are no surprises.
You’re now ready to go!
Simple Master Builder paperwork is completed, deposit paid, and you will engage the certifier and surveyor. Certification can take 6 -12 weeks depending on the council and what infrastructure is affected. Patience here is required as council can take time, they can also request more information, we have no control over this process.
Fourth Step – Council approval received and work scheduled
Once we have approval, you are advised of an approximate start date. Before work starts our installs team will meet with you and introduce themselves and run through the job again so everyone is clear what is to happen. Work then starts.
Depending on the size of the wall it usually takes around a week to demolish and construct the new retaining wall. The fence another 2-3 days and then a day to clean up.
Peace of mind
Renewing you’re existing fence and retaining wall is not as hard as you may think. Durawall makes the process easy for you! We take care of everything from start to finish. So contact one of friendly staff to get started on your new retaining wall and fence.
It’s not just a wall. It’s a Durawall !