In comparison to other types of retaining wall material, Allan Block is very competitively priced.
To touch upon a few common choices, let’s first look at Timber. This type of system works, and has been tried and true over the last 50+ years. The problem is, they degrade in time. Although you’d have a low front end cost, the maintenance will cost you more through the years than an Allan Block retaining wall. This also doesn’t include the possible environmental disposal costs that can be associated with timber retaining walls.
Next, let’s discuss a natural stone-type retaining wall. These can be comprised of limestone, boulders, or other natural rock available in your region. Typically, natural stone is one of the most expensive options, as it isn’t always readily available. It doesn’t install as easily, and may require special equipment due to the size and weight of the material. Allan Block is a cost-effective solution with so many collections and finishes that look like natural stone in modular block, offering a cost advantage.
Lastly, is a traditional, cast-in-place masonry wall. These systems have full reinforced footings with rebar and require formwork typically to complete installation. These walls are expensive, and can drive up the labor cost due to the amount of embedment in northern climates. A ball park cost savings from a cast-in-place retaining wall to an Allan Block system can be roughly 50%. Allan Block provides an avenue to save money and have a wall that looks better.
Now that we know Allan Block is a cost-effective solution for nearly all sites, it really comes down to what collection and color you would like in your backyard. Visit allanblock.com to select a store near you, or call your local dealer for cost and availability.