While retaining walls and seating walls may seem similar at first glance, they are actually very different and serve two different purposes. Retaining walls can help reduce soil erosion, they can add usable flat space to properties that are built on a slope, and you can even add a raised planter bed to them to increase their aesthetic appeal.

Seating walls on the other hand are designed to provide extra seating space to guests. They can be built around fire pits or outdoor kitchens to provide convenient seating. In addition to their functionality, they also will enhance the aesthetics of your property. If you can’t decide which option is right for you, here are some more details about them to help you choose what suits your outdoor space best!

Retaining Walls Address Erosion Issues & More

Retaining wall installed for a landscape bed in Holmes Beach, FL.

If your property faces severe issues with soil erosion, a retaining wall is the option that you’ll need. Retaining walls are structures that are designed to hold the soil in place and prevent it from eroding. Installing a retaining wall will also increase the usable space on your property by flattening out areas that were once sloped. What’s more, you can even add raised planter beds to the top of retaining walls to increase their aesthetic appeal.

Retaining walls can double as a seating wall if you place them around an area where people tend to gather.

Seating Walls Provide a Beautiful Place for People to Sit

Seating wall installed for gathering around fire pit in Bradenton, FL.

If you love inviting family and friends over, a seating wall may be the perfect addition to your property. As the name implies, a seating wall is a wall designed for people to sit on. You can place a seating wall around spots that people like to gather such as around a firepit, patio, or outdoor kitchen. However, these walls don’t need to be used for seating as can be installed for decorative purposes as well. Seating walls can be constructed from a variety of materials, including:

  • Concrete pavers – Concrete pavers offer a more modern look for your property. You can keep your seating wall looking pristine by regularly cleaning it.
  • Natural stone – This material has a unique appearance that creates a rustic appeal on your property. Natural stone is also a durable material that will last for years if you maintain it well.
  • Brick pavers – Bricks are a low-maintenance option that retains their warm colors.

What should you choose for your property?

Retaining walls and seating walls provide different styles and functions to your property. Retaining walls reduce soil erosion on your property while seating walls give you more seating space. Both are excellent options that will undoubtedly benefit your property in multiple ways. If you need help deciding, you’ll want to contact a landscaping company. They will be able to walk you through all of the benefits and options and help you choose the right type of wall for your property.

We can design and install retaining and seating walls on your property. Give us a call today!

At Three Seasons, we can design and install both retaining walls and seating walls. If you are not sure which option is right for you, don’t worry. We are experts and can help you decide which one is right for you depending on your needs. We offer our seating wall and retaining wall installation services to property owners in Palmetto, Parrish, Bradenton, FL, and throughout the surrounding areas. Give us a call today at 941-748-4613 to schedule a consultation with us. We are standing by and ready to help you get the retaining wall or seating wall of your dreams.

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