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Retaining Wall Block (Shutter Finish)


SmartStone’s Retaining Wall Block (Shutter Finish) is an easy and practical solution to erosion and soil retention. Conventional retaining wall blocks are large and difficult to handle but you don’t need specialized equipment and hired muscle to handle this retaining wall block.

The Retaining Wall Block (Shutter Finish) is available in various colours, which means it could seamlessly be incorporated in any hard landscaping design.

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The Retaining Wall Block (Shutter Finish) is available at the following SmartStone branches:


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Retaining Wall Block (Shutter Finish) Installation Guidelines

  • SmartStone recommends the Retaining Wall Block (Shutter Finish) for walls with a maximum height of 12 blocks (±1.4m).
  • This guideline assumes that the area has good compactable soil. Unstable, muddy or sandy soils might require consultation with an engineer.
  • Use nylon guidelines for construction.
  • This retaining wall block can be installed on curves and corners but this will require more care and skill.
  • If an existing area needs to be contained (when constructing a terrace for instance), cut back the soil to be contained by at least one meter.

    Not relevant when constructing a wall for a new area of containment (a flower box for instance).

Please Note

  • Compaction is the most important part of retaining wall construction. The soil contained, must be well compacted.
  • A jumping jack tamper is recommended for compaction but for small walls a hand stamper is a practical solution. Do not compact soil in layers of more than 150mm. After installing each row of blocks, fill up to level and compact.
  • With each layer ensure block cavities are also filled with soil.
  • Retaining Wall Block (Shutter Finish) is not suitable for load bearing soil containment like parking areas or building on top of the contained area
retaining-wall-block-Laying pattern

SmartStone recommends a stretcher bond laying pattern. (Blocks overlap the joints of the preceding row.)

Bear in mind that this might create the need for cutting on the edges in every second row.

Create half blocks for this purpose. (Use a masonry saw or angle grinder with diamond tipped blade.)

These half blocks could be filled with concrete in order to provide more strength.

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