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Rock & retaining walls designed and built in Bergen County

Are you in Bergen County, and are looking for a rock or retaining wall designed and built to enhance the beauty of your home or business?  If, so, please consider Onorato Landscaping.  Marc Onorato is the founder and President of the firm.  He has an innate skill of being able to listen to your wants, desires, and dreams and then develop concepts and designs that bring them to life for almost every size budget.   Some people and businesses wish to have Onorato produce the entire landscaping and hardscaping project at once.  Marc and the team will aim to exceed your expectations throughout the project.  However, if your situation demands that you develop your project so that you can spread your budget over several seasons, relax… Marc is the guy who understands and will work with you.  He knows that medical bills or college bills can put a damper on your budget.  He also is an expert at planning projects in phases.  Each season, you will have what looks like a complete project completed.  In the end, each phase will tie together as if it was done all at one.  You may start with a concrete block retainer wall to replace a dilapidated railroad tie one.  The next season you may want to build a patio that blends as if it was constructed at the same time as the retaining wall.  The next season you may want to add a rock wall or a paver walkway and landscaping.  Marc has heard complaints about some firms that make people feel bad if their budget is an issue.  No matter what the size of your project or how many phases in which it needs to be built, you will always receive the same talented design, skilled craftsmanship and friendly service and respect.

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a beautiful patio with retaining walls and landscaping

What are the common materials used for Bergen County retaining walls and their pros and cons? 

You will find retaining walls made from a wide range of materials including concrete, concrete with stone veneer, concrete block, brick, stone, boulders, wood and gabion.  Here are their pros and cons:

Concrete – Concrete is fast and easy to pour and is strong.  It does require a skilled designer to avoid looking “industrial” (Luckily, Marc Onorato has that skill.).  Concrete retaining walls require skilled masons to build them with the proper footings and drainage to avoid cracking.  If designed and built correctly, they can provide a modern yet sleek look and feel.

Concrete with stone veneer – These have the same pros and cons of concrete.  They take a bit longer to build as the concrete must be poured, allowed to set and then the stone veneer is built.  However, when completed, your retaining wall will look as if it is completely built of stone.  These provide the strength of concrete and the beauty of stone.

Pre-cast stackable block – Stackable concrete block gives the same elegance as pavers with an even look and symmetry of the same sized and finished blocks.   They are relatively easy to build and are excellent for curved retaining walls.  They can be used to give your yard any architectural style from blending with an older architecture to a contemporary or even a Spanish style.  Stackable blocks come in dozens of colors, sizes, shapes and finishes.  This flexibility has made them the most popular material for retaining walls.

Retaining wall and patio

Retaining Wall and Patio with Landscaping and Pavers

Brick – Brick has many of the advantages of concrete block.  Retaining walls of brick are strong and durable, and they can easily accommodate bends and curves.  They are labor intensive and require skilled masons to build the proper footing and drainage to avoid cracking as brick does not breathe. There are many traditional homes and businesses in Bergen County where a brick retaining wall can make the property shine.

Stone – Stone can come in many types, colors and can be natural or cut.  They offer the same advantages of brick and must be designed correctly to include proper drainage to avoid cracking.  If your home has a stone facing or colonial architectural that is common in Bergen County, stone may be the perfect material for you. It can enhance the beauty of your property while delivering a durable wall.

rock retaining wall in Bergen County

rock retaining wall gives this Bergen County homeowner more level ground in their back yard

Boulders – Boulders can be stacked relatively quickly.  Obviously, multi-ton boulders require heavy equipment to place them.  However, their weight will keep them in place without having to worry about frost.  They can be designed to enhance the natural look of your property.  If you place gravel behind the boulders to form a blind ditch, you can control the flow of water that is otherwise difficult with boulders.  If your Bergen County home or business has a mid-century or colonial architecture a boulder retaining wall can accent it perfectly.

Wood – Although most wooden retaining walls are made from railroad ties, some are made from timbers that are resistant to rotting. Wooden retaining walls, when designed in the right setting, can truly be stunning and they are quick and relatively easy to build.   A properly built wooden retaining wall will have a waterproof sheet between both the back and bottom of the retaining wall and gravel footing and backing to keep water away from the wood.  The gravel footing and backing keep the water flowing away from the wood too.  The drawback of a wooden retaining wall is their lifespan.  No matter how well you design and construct them, they do not last as long as stone or concrete.

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If you have a steep incline in your backyard, a retaining wall can beautify it while giving you more living space


What are the pros and cons of various styles of rock walls in Bergen County?

Every type of material has its pros and cons, and a big part of the equation is your personal taste.  You may love concrete blocks and hate stone while someone else loves wood and hates stone.  Taste is always in the eye of the beholder and Onorato works closely with you to use the material you desire and design it in a manner that brings out the best in your yard or place of business.  Below are types of materials commonly used in stone and retaining walls with some pros and cons of each.

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rock wall constructed of natural stone

Natural stones – The pros are that they give a very natural look.  The cons are that natural stone walls need more weeding than those in concrete or pavers and over time the frost can cause parts of them to rise and fall and require some maintenance.

Natural stones in concrete – You still have the look of the naturally shaped stone with the structure of concrete with a footing below the frost line.  The additional footing and concrete make these wall more expensive than natural stone laid on the earth, however, they need less maintenance and weeding.

Pre-cut stone – These walls can be built on the ground or with a footing and have the same pros and cons as the corresponding walls above.  These stones have squared edges that allow for a tight fit and finish. Some people love this tidy look; others feel that a rock wall should be made of naturally looking rocks.  As mentioned earlier, it is all a matter of taste.

Concrete wall with stone veneer – These are quicker and easier to build and give you the same advantages as the walls with footing and concrete.  The veneers can be made of natural stone or precut stone with square edges.

Pre-cast stackable block – These can give you an excellent fit and finish, can easily be made to curve and have many looks and feels from a Spanish style to blocks that can accent architecture from the past.  Concrete blocks cannot be used for walls over four feet tall.


Why Onorato Landscaping is the Bergen County value leader in building stone and retaining walls

Marc Onorato, the founder and President of Onorato Landscaping, knows that people who want a stone or retaining wall, want it to be both functional and make their property shine  They want to have it completed in a headache free manner, on-time and at a fair rate.  Marc Onorato has a talent for listening to people and being able to pull their ideas out, clarify them and then design a stone or retaining wall that does its job, looks great and is a real value.  His philosophy is to exceed his customer’s expectation at every stage. Onorato Landscaping will never cut corners, and their high level of service is always delivered in a friendly manner.  Marc is dedicated to constant improvement, so he takes courses every winter to enhance the knowledge base and the skills he offers to the homeowners and businesses in Bergen County.  Onorato can work with any size budget to help you beautify your property.  Marc’s commitment to being the value leader in rock and retaining walls is unshakable!   If you are looking for personalized service, creative, beautiful walls and someone skilled enough to bring out the best in your property- call Onorato.  Call Marc at 201-941-1623 and let Onorato give your home or business “Bergen County’s stone or retaining wall bragging rights!”

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