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Veneer over wood retaining wall

Discussion in 'Hardscaping' started by Ravenwood Landscaping, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. Ravenwood Landscaping

    Ravenwood Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    I'm currently looking at a job to put a stone veneer over a concrete retaining wall surrounding part of a patio. However, the homeowner also has a 2' high wood retaining wall on the other side of steps on the patio. Is it possible to put a veneer, possibly using some type of backerboard, over the wood or do you envision problems with water getting in through the wood and causing problems? I've just never encountered this type of setup before and I'm not sure what results to expect.
  2. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    There was a thread on here 2 months ago about the same thing. The end result was that you wouldnt do it if you care about long term quality and your reputation.
  3. Ravenwood Landscaping

    Ravenwood Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    Yea I do. I'll search a little harder. I didn't find it before but if you think it's there, I'll check again. I didn't think it would work, but I thought I'd ask.
  4. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

  5. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,570

    install a product like durock over the wood and you will be fine.....
    homes are veneered over osb all the time with no problems....

    the other threat was referring to veneer over a railroad tie wall......
  6. shovelracer

    shovelracer LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,008

    So is this one. "2' high wood retaining wall"
  7. MRBsx2

    MRBsx2 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    Are you kidding me? I can not believe this is even a question. You absolutly can not do this and expect it to last. First of all the wood wall is not on any footer. Any type of masonry product such as veneer stone is made to be on a solid footer where it can not move in frost heaves. Stone masonry is not constructed to shift like pavers, as soon as it shifts it cracks and then its done. Second the wood wall is going to allow all kinds of water through that will just freeze and crack the stone work...putting it on the concrete wall should be fine but not a wooden 6x6 retaining wall.
  8. wurkn with amish

    wurkn with amish LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 662

    houses are also on a footer......
    SOOOO its not gonna move!
    wooden retaining wall... will MOVE.... therefore WILL CRACK!
  9. PatriotLandscape

    PatriotLandscape LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MA
    Messages: 1,209

    Are you assuming that they built a wood retaining wall out of osb?

    No you should not install veneers over wood retaining walls under any circumstance.

    Have them pour a new wall then veneer that.

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