Facts and Myths about Gabions: Where is the truth?

Nowadays, when looking for the perfect solution for your buildings and garden projects, you have surely come across gabions. But within this discussion, various myths and ambiguities often appear. Today's article is dedicated to separating fact from fiction and giving you a clear picture of gabions and their uses.

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Myth: Gabions are only used to strengthen slopes along highways

Fact: This myth is not true. Gabions, which are stone-filled steel structures, are actually versatile structural elements that are used in a variety of project types. Although they are often seen in the construction of highways and roads, they are much more used to build retaining walls in gardens, to create beautiful natural garden fences, to protect river banks, to create raised beds or even stone wall cladding.

 Their easy installation (even by yourself), long service life (at least 50 years without changing appearance), ecological and extreme resistance to external influences make them a popular choice for various projects of garden architecture, construction or landscape planning.

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Myth: Gabions Are Too Expensive

Fact: The price of gabions may at first glance be higher than some other building materials, but their long-term value and absolutely no maintenance costs make gabions one of the most economical solutions. Gabions are made of durable materials that withstand weather conditions and do not require regular maintenance. Their lifespan is at least 50 years without any change in appearance. In addition, their ability to consolidate soil and prevent erosion can save on the cost of repairs and landscaping in the long run.

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In the long term, gabions are one of the cheapest construction materials used in gardens or in landscape architecture.

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Myth: Gabions Are Not Strong Enough

Fact: Gabions are constructed of steel wires joined into solid baskets and filled with stones. Steel and stone- this combination makes gabions very resistant to external influences such as UV radiation, frost, hail, water, strong wind, soil pressure and other loads. They are able to withstand large amounts of pressure and extreme conditions and provide a stable structure for a variety of applications. Their lifespan is at least 50 years without any change in appearance. Gabions are really steel-strong structures with the resistance of the hardest stone.

Myth: Gabions are difficult to install

Fact: Installing gabions is relatively simple, especially if you know how to do it, but you need to be patient, as the most difficult and time-consuming part of assembling gabions is filling them with stone. Common garden projects such as decorative fences or small retaining walls can even be completed without the use of heavy machinery, just using common household tools.

However, for larger projects it is advisable to consider the help of professionals who are experienced in installing gabions and can ensure that the job is done correctly and efficiently..

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reinforcement of the slope from gabions

Myth: Gabions Are Not Ecological

Fact: On the contrary, gabions are one of the most ecological building materials available on the market.

Their construction of steel wires and natural stones is environmentally friendly. For that reason, they are used in National Parks and PLA. In addition, gabions can help preserve and restore ecosystems by preventing soil erosion and promoting plant growth, and by not impeding underground flows or small subterranean animals in their natural movement.

After separating fact from myth, it is clear that gabions are more than just a decorative element. They are reliable, durable and ecological building materials that offer a wide range of uses from landscaping to construction projects. Their value lies not only in their aesthetic qualities, but also in their ability to provide a permanent solution for stabilizing the terrain and protection against erosion. If you are considering using gabions in your project, make sure you have the right information and understand their true benefits. With careful planning and the right approach, you can create a successful and durable result that will bring long-term joy and functionality.

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