Enjoy The Best Gabion Wall Building Services In Newcastle
Gabion walls have existed for a long time, and Australian Construction uses them to build sealed solid structures. Our gabion wall builder in Newcastle utilises them for structural and aesthetic reasons in many gardens.
If you have a passion for landscaping or gardening, you have probably seen gabion fences, baskets and walls. However, you may not have detailed information about them. Below we describe their nature and help you to know the best option for your garden requirements.
Details of gabion walls
Gabion structures are mainly regarded as complete gabion walls. The term gabion originates from the Italian word for ‘big cage’, which is a befitting term for them. They can be regarded as a combination of wire and rocks. They are naturally simple; we erect a wire cage and fill them with a pile of stones.
At times, our gabion wall builder in Newcastle replaces the rocks with different materials like broken bricks, tiles, pebbles and pine cones. The material we use may need varied wire thickness. We use a thinner mesh to prevent small materials such as pebbles from trickling through.
They have remarkable integrity, can withstand immense pressure and have a rustic, natural appearance. It makes many gardens an eye-catching feature and is a practical option.
Why gabion is the newest landscaping trend
Gabion is a wire form or wire basket full of stones and designed into a retaining wall or fence type structure. Its name originates from its civil background, and at Australian Construction, we still often use it in civil projects today for erosion and drainage control and soil retention.
For soil retention solutions and residential fencing, gabion fencing is the latest trend. Most building architects and designers like us use it for new houses and refurbishments.
Constructing your retaining wall or gabion fence
Our gabion fences are bulky structures, and depending on the fence height and site conditions, our structural engineer may need to give specifications.
Research: First, our team conducts some research to ensure we deliver your new retaining wall or fence to meet your needs. We consider the following:
- Your requirements: What is the purpose of your stone fence? Privacy, security, shading or safety? Remember that it is easy to climb gabion fencing, so it is unsuitable for use to contain children or near pool areas.
- Structure type: We use the term gabion basket fencing for the traditional basket form and the sheet mesh form utilised for retaining walls and fencing.
- Stone choice: What kind of stone is the most suitable for your general development? Our gabion wall builder in Newcastle can use all types of stone. However, it takes more time to fill the baskets. Our expert team arranges the larger stones separately, giving your fence a classic appearance. We use a bucket to pour the smaller rocks inside the baskets, and minimal stone arrangement is needed.
- Fence height: Council restrictions and your requirements will determine your fence height. In many instances, the council does not permit street fences that are higher than 900mm from the ground. If you have a back boundary or side fence, you may be allowed to construct a structure of a maximum of 1800mm. Our structural engineer is consulted for a wall between 600-1800mm, and vertical support is essential.
- Services: Fences with more than 900mm height accommodates plumbing and lightning conduits effectively. Our gabion wall builder in Newcastle carries out service installation easily. However, we need to rough them in, secure them inside the surface and baskets before we backfill your stones inside the baskets. We then fit off your services. Where gabion is concerned, lighting can present a remarkable image, making a stone fence brighter. We ensure that we arrange the lighting in place as we fill the baskets. When in-ground spike lights wash over a Gabion wall, it looks breath-taking!
- The final part: After our experienced team finalises the filling, they wash your fence.
Our gabion fences describe wire mesh baskets full of stones. We use our gabions for different purposes in the garden, for instance, the fireplace, external fireplace, benches, ponds surroundings, plants and the tap pillars.
Gabion fence benefits are:
- Aesthetics and environment compatibility; gabions have a natural appearance and match the home with the landscape. For this, we use the material we excavate in the building area. When utilising materials from the building area, you save on transportation costs.
- It is utilised as a cooling system in hot climates; gabion fences offer passive cooling, facilitating air movement for ventilation.
- Gabions are permeable, and water does not damage them.
- Gabion fences are easy to install and are durable. With time the fence becomes more robust as vegetation and slit fill the gaps, strengthening the structure.
- Another benefit that lacks in more rigid structures is that the soil movement does not affect the gabion fence adversely.
- The stones we mainly use in gabion fences are ideal because they are long-lasting, stable, and durable.
Fixing mesh gabions on an inclining garden
Sloping gardens result from the land terrain. The soils should be retained so that the benches can be level for walking. We use mesh gabions and other methods of landscaping to help in holding the earth.
This soil retention is essential to reduce and avoid erosion. Any greenery or flowers you plant should also help in holding soil. When we fix mesh gabions on sloppy gardens, we use stone or hardcore rubble as the interior composite material. We create the mesh into a box that runs along the slope’s length. We use hexagonal or chain link mesh.
When creating the stepped garden, we take a distance of around 20ft wide per level. After this, we first place the gabion at 20ft position and then level the soil. If the land is too steep, we use mechanical plants to move the large volumes of soil.
To build the gabion, we first make the position, then lay the mesh on the ground and form it into a box. We fix the height at 3ft and a width of 3ft. The length is determined by how far we will do the benching.
After this, we lay the hardcore inside the basket we formed, and we do this by hand packing to make it complete. We secure the top with a binding wire after filling the hardcore. We do hardcore hard packing to facilitate the formation of the void. It ensures that the gabion does not retain water.
When you use our gabion baskets, it has aesthetic benefits and is a type of erosion control. Using the Australian Construction gabion baskets for eroding streams presents an affordable solution for keeping your surroundings looking great.
Get your compound looking fabulous with our gabion services today!