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Retaining Walls

Tulsa General Contractor and Home Remodeling authority, Sonrise Construction, offers our expertise in retaining walls.


Professionally designed and custom built retaining walls in many cases are necessary for leveling your ground, supporting a hill, or to simply replace a rotten and deteriorated tiewall already in place.

Depending on the wall height you need, and the amount of load placed on the wall, today's primary retaining wall systems use the concrete Versa-Lok block; manufactured right here in Tulsa on 15th Street. We also can install Pavestone, Belgard, Midwest, Anchor, Keystone, Windsor; just to name a few others. Most customers though chose Versa-Lok as the cost is so much less since the freight charges are so much lower by not having to have the product shipped in from Dallas or Kansas City.

The retaining walls are installed on an aggregate leveling pad. Rigid concrete footings extending below the frost line are not required nor recommended. The flexibility of the leveling pad and mortar-less units allow the walls to accommodate for freeze and thaw cycles without damage.

Proper installation of the wall included evaluation of the foundation soil, layout of the base wall, excavation, leveling pad construction, and base course installation. Site conditions and design considerations will vary widely.

On many projects, Versa-Lok retaining walls work purely as gravity systems, where unit weight alone provides the resistance to earth pressures. The maximum allowable wall height for gravity walls varies with soiling and loading conditions. Generally, with level back-fill and no excessive loading, the gravity walls may be built to heights of 4'.

When weight alone of the units is not enough to resist the soil loads, then horizontal layers of geogrid are used to reinforce the soil behind the walls. With proper soil reinforcement and design, the Versa-Lok walls can then be constructed to heights in excess of 40'.

Each block is made of high-strength, low-absorption concrete to create a consistently durable product that exceeds industry standards. The solid characteristics provide superior resistance to damage before, during, and after construction in all climates. The transportation department, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers routinely use the Versa-Lok product.

The units are integrally colored and may be easily modified to create an unlimited variety of design elements. The blocks display a natural split-face texture to compliment any environment and, because they are made of concrete, are environmentally safe.

Each block weighs 82 lbs., and has a dimension of 16" wide, 14" deep, and 6" thick, for a total volume per block of .63 sq. ft.

The Versa-Lok retaining wall product is manufactured by Chandler Materials of Tulsa on 15th St. This makes their product pricing exceptionally difficult to beat, due to the $100's, or even $1,000's of dollars of shipping costs that are not built into the price; as other product suppliers have had to do after shipping their products to Tulsa from Dallas or Kansas City, or even farther.

We have installed the Versa-Lok product multiples 100's of times. For pictures of projects that we have completed, please visit the Gallery section of our website, and click on the tab.

Belgard is another product that our customers love, as they manufacture pavers as well as retaining wall blocks. If you have visited us at any of our 100's of trade shows, you have probably picked up one of Belgard's wonderful brochures.

It is chock full of products, colors, ideas, samples, styles, a full collection; this brochure has it all. For an idea, please visit www.Belgard.Biz

The Belgard product is not available for purchase at big box hardware stores. It is available for purchase in Tulsa by Chandler Materials (the same company that makes the Versa-Lok), and by Hardscape Materials of Bixby. Chandler Materials does not have a website, but Hardscape Materials does. It is

These two companies are our suppliers. We purchase with a contractors discount, and pass the savings along to you when you hire us as your installer.

We have installed the Belgard product many times. For pictures of projects that we have completed, please visit the Gallery section of our website, and click on the tab.

We are Certified installers by the ICPI for the Versa-Lok, Belgard and Pavestone products.

This is another retaining wall product that our customers love. Please visit for products, colors, ideas, samples, and styles.

The product sold at big box hardware stores is NOT the same product sold by our supplier. These big box retailers sell a smaller version of the product in thickness, and total surface space.

We have installed the Pavestone product many times. For pictures of projects that we have completed, please visit the Gallery section of our website, and click on the tab.

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