It can be very beneficial if a terrace wall protects against the eyes of the neighbors, cool wind or the slipping of an earth embankment. On the other hand, it is not so nice when an aging concrete wall looks more reminiscent of an industrial area than of a tranquil garden. Fortunately, there are now numerous aesthetic ways to cover such a wall in a durable manner.
New construction or redesign?
Just like building a garden wall, simply building a new terrace wall involves a certain amount of time and money. If an existing wall has proven to be durable and stable over the years due to its statics and material, it would in many cases be absurd to remove and replace it. Finally, in some cases, demolishing a solid wall can be even more laborious than erecting it originally.
If you look at the before and after pictures of successful redesign projects of aging terrace walls, you are often surprised by the multitude of creative possibilities and the aesthetic diversity. After all, shabby, weathered walls can be designed spectacularly with modern cladding for garden walls and patio walls.
Attach a cladding made of natural stone panels
Natural stone panels that can be used to clad old walls are not exactly affordable. For high-quality materials such as slate or Jura marble, you have to estimate prices of around 50 euros per square meter. In the best case scenario, however, you will also receive an extravagant look afterwards, as it is worthy of an Italian palazzo.
Facing bricks made of natural stone can be attached to the substrate with tile adhesive. They are cut to size with a power cutter. So that edges can also be designed in an appealing way, corner stones with so-called Z-teeth are available.
Cladding of plastic
Plastic cladding is available nowadays in a wide variety of optical designs. It looks particularly elegant, for example, if you clad your terrace wall with plastic facing in an authentic rock look.
As a rule, a plastic cladding is mounted on a substructure made of specially impregnated wood with support battens. It is only necessary to ensure that the support battens are installed at the correct spacing. Then the individual facing modules can simply be attached later.
Install cladding made of wood
As an alternative to plastic, you can of course also use traditional materials such as wood for the cladding. Larch wood is very suitable due to its weather resistance. In addition, it gets a pleasantly subtle gray color over the years.
Wooden slats are also mounted on a substructure as cladding for a terrace wall. The rear ventilation ensures that there is no permanent accumulation of moisture in the masonry of the terrace wall. This is important to ensure the long-term stability of the building structure.