Installation of Retaining Wall Capping

Installation of wall capping on your existing retaining wall is actually a great way to provide the old wall with a new appearance or to make it look better as a whole. Also, a wall capping can help secure cinder block walls by preventing moisture from penetrating through the wall cavity. Installing cap stones or blocks on the retaining wall needs some work however, it is not that hard to do. The following are some of the things you need to know in order to improve the appearance of your retaining walls with cap blocks:

1. Choose Capping Stones or Blocks

First, you need to select the kind of capping stone or block for a retaining wall. You should select a stone or block which complement the looks of your retaining walls as well as protects your wall interior from water and moisture damage. For example, if you have retaining walls that are made from standard or usual hollow concrete blocks, you might want to choose a solid and strong cinder block created for topping these kinds of walls. If you’ve got a poured concrete wall or brick retaining wall, you may want to choose more decorative kinds of stones or pavers to cap your retaining wall instead.

2. Clean the Top Surface of Your Retaining Wall

If you wall is already more than a month or so, you should carefully clean and scrub the top surface of your wall. You can also make a good cleaning agent by combining water and some soap with a bit of chlorine bleach. Then, use a good quality scrub brush. Scrub the top portion of your retaining wall with the use of your made solution. Lastly, rinse the top portion of your retaining wall and allow it to dry before resuming.

3. Put Concrete Bond Adhesive

Even though not totally needed, using a high-quality concrete bond adhesive on the top portion of your retaining wall is a very good idea. As a matter of fact, concrete bond adhesive will let the mortar add to secure the capping stones or blocks to better adhere with the top portion of your retaining walls. You can also apply concrete bond adhesive using a paint roller or paint brush. In addition to that, the use of an adhesive will make attaching the stones or blocks and working with the mortar much simpler.

4. Combine and Spread Mortar Mixture

Just follow the instructions on the mortar mix package and prepare the mortar mixture for use.

5. Lay Capping Blocks

Start placing the capping stones or blocks on the top surface of your retaining wall. Prior to setting the stone or block, spread first a coat of mortar which is half an inch thick along the retaining wall’s top surface. Spread the mortar in short runs and do not get too far from yourself. Position the blocks or caps so that they are equally aligned with your walls or slightly offset to make a more pleasing aesthetic appearance.