RETAINING – FREESTANDING WALLS
One of the most common scenarios that calls for a freestanding wall versus a retaining wall is whether a home is positioned on flat or sloping ground. Retaining walls are required for slopes and structural purposes, as they use footings to hold a wall in place and better retain soil. Although they are most common for homes built on hills or sloping properties, retaining wall blocks also provide creative design options for planter areas, elevated landscapes, and other more visual applications.
Freestanding walls are better used when the ground is flat and design aesthetics outweigh soil stabilization and functionality. While they still lend to limitless design possibilities, freestanding wall blocks are more commonly used to divide landscapes into different areas, helping to break-up open space and add visual interest to yard. Like retaining walls, freestanding walls can be used for potted plants, seating, and other practical purposes. And because freestanding walls a shorter in stature, they do not require installation of footings or additional drainage.