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Are Gabions Cheaper Than a Retaining Wall?

November 7, 2022 | Insights

Gabion walls are the new and most modern types of retaining walls that consist of wire mesh boxes filled with stones, gravel, rocks, etc. and mostly other inorganic material all tied together to take the shape of a retaining wall.

Gabion walls are found to provide a lot of stabilization to soils and grounds, and help in prevention of soil erosion and providing proper draining owing to their porous nature. They are mostly seen in gardens, residential landscapes, roadways, shorelines, etc.

Benefits of using Gabion Walls

  • They are absolutely economical as compared to the conventional RCC retaining walls, as the material used to build these walls is inexpensive. 
  • They are easy to transport almost anywhere and can be relocated with much ease and convenience.
  • They are highly sustainable and resilient, with their carbon footprint being minimal as compared to their other counterparts.
  • They are extremely flexible and can be built easily and rapidly owing to their ease structures.
  • They provide good drainage, thanks to their porous nature, so there is no question of flooding problems.
  • They are long lasting and can withstand the wear and tear due to the climatic conditions, or even the seismic activities, erosions, etc. They don’t crack easily.

These were some of the main benefits of the gabion walls that really help you to provide a greater stabilization.

Are Gabion Walls Inexpensive? Really?

When it comes to assessing the cost of the Gabion Walls, a lot really depends upon what kind of material you are using to construct the wall, or even what is the scope of your project. More often the larger projects tend to be pretty much a costly affair, as it involves a lot of manpower. 

However, the cost can definitely vary to a greater extent, depending upon the stones you are using, or pebbles and other things. 

Also, despite their cost, most people prefer them as the best and most perfect retaining wall option owing to the overall look and feel they provide to the existing landscapes and also their extreme ease of installation and set up.

But as compared to many of the other options available in the market, the gabion walls are definitely an inexpensive option as retaining walls.

How much do the Gabion Walls actually Cost?

As discussed earlier, they are definitely a great cost effective option when it comes to enhancing the look of your residential property or your garden, landscape. They provide the most aesthetic looks without you having to spend a fortune.

You need to understand that the cost of the Gabion walls proportionately depends upon the cost of the stones and other material that you use to construct them. So, if you use a cheaper variety of lets say, stones, the entire Gabion wall is certainly going to cost you less. And vice versa, the costlier the stones, the more expensive the Gabion wall.

And talking about the wire mesh that holds these materials inside, well, it is quite cheap, so you wouldn’t have to worry about it.

However, you can expect the Gabion wall to cost anywhere between $10-15 per square foot.

You can even cut down your costs, if you have a smaller Gabion wall project, especially for your garden walls, or residential landscaping. 

So, basically depending upon your personal requirements, you can choose the right material and therefore assess the cost of your project as well.

Conclusion:

Indeed, Gabion walls can be a cheaper option, depending upon the length and scope of your project and the materials used. However, looking at their overall usage, the benefits they provide over other conventional retaining walls, and the aesthetics they come with, you might really want to consider a Gabion wall as your next retaining wall project.

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