What Are Gabions?

Gabions are wire baskets mainly constructed from galvanized steel, filled with refined rock, slate, local stone or other cheap materials, including reclaimed and recycled aggregates and then linked together to form walls, retain river banks, support earth banks and dozens of other uses. Gabion walls are becoming ever popular not just because they look good, but they are cheap to install and are able to withstand pressure without deforming due to their flexibility.

Cost Effectiveness

Gabions are considered a cost-effective landscape feature. The steel cages are most commonly made of welded 3-inch mesh and cost about $25 (£18) to $55 (£39) per cubic yard. The rockfill is where costs can start to increase dramatically. You can used almost anything to fill gabions with, but most people will opt for decorative rock or stone-fill, which can be expensive if you don’t shop around. You can also read Wikipedia’s definition of Gabions HERE

Where Can I Get Gabion Rockfill?

Your best option would be to get in touch with your local stone quarry or professional builders merchant. For most gabion baskets the recommended rockfill size range is between 65mm-250mm. You can also gain inspiration from our Gabion Filling Ideas page HERE. If you need any more advice on rockfill, please get in touch where we can assist in finding a reputable supplier.

How Long Do Gabions Last?

There are two types of gabion basket construction, welded and woven. Welded mesh gabions are more resistant to corrosion than gabions madeusing the woven materials. Welded baskets are mainly constructed from galvanized steel and last around 25 years. High quality gabion baskets are available coated with a zinc and aluminium finish called Galfan or Galmac. Galfan or Galmac will prolong the life of the metal and keep it free from corrosion, which extends the life expectancy to around 55 years. On top of that most gabions are manufactured with a PVC coating (non visible) to prolong the lifespan of the materials. Welded baskets are rigid and keep their shape, while gabion baskets made of woven mesh don’t retain their shape that well and often become deformed when exposed to the pressure of being filled with rock.

Do Gabions Need Foundations?

Gabion baskets are most commonly laid onto a level ground of fine decent quality aggregate that is capable of being levelled accurately, so that the base of the gabion wall is fully supported. For most gabion wall projects, 10mm pea gravel is a popular choice. Where gabions are used to create a retaining wall, its recommend the baskets are laid at a batter angle (leaning back) of around 6-10 degrees. You can create this batter angle by using the base gravel. Its recommended the assembled baskets are placed onto the aggregate and checked for alignment before filling them with rock.

What Can I Fill Gabion Baskets With?

This comes down to personal preference as you can fill gabion baskets with almost anything heavy. Take a look through some of these gabion projects as I explain what materials were used for each project. I’ve seen anything from limestone to scrap metal used as fillings. But to make the decision easier, I have listed some examples HERE to give you some inspiration.

What Size Gabion Baskets To Use?

Gabion baskets can be purchased in a variety of different sizes including 1/2 or 1 meter high, and 2, 3, or 4 meters in length. These are the industry standard sizes, but most reputable companies that sell gabion baskets will offer a custom option. Which means they will build a gabion basket to your provided specification. My advice would be to accurately measure the area where you would like to construct the gabion wall (width & depth in meters/ft) and take into consideration how high you need the wall to be. Once you have this information, visit some of the reputable gabion supplier websites and work out what combination of baskets you require. It’s very straightforward once you have the dimensions required.

What Gabion Baskets Should I Buy?

My first piece of advice would be don’t look for cheap gabion baskets. I’ve seen some very cheap, low quality gabion baskets on websites like Gumtree & eBay. In most cases when they arrive and you examine the poor build quality, the first thing ive done is send them straight back to the seller. Remember that a 1 cubic metre gabion basket requires approximately 1.5 tonnes of stone, which is heavier than a Ford Focus Car. So I wouldn’t recommend or trust a basket constructed from low quality metals to withstand the test of time. My recommendation would be to assess what you are using the gabions for… If its a wall under 3m in height, I would use 3mm mesh. Anything over and above that I would go with 4mm thick mesh. With 3mm & 4mm mesh thickness the gabion baskets will not bulge once filled with rock, will look much better and last longer. If you haven’t purchased gabions before, you would be best advised to go with a reputable site/company which offers high quality galvanized steel wire baskets at affordable prices. I’ve been using three different companies to buy gabions recently and i’ll be happy to advise if you drop me a mail or tweet (I may even get you a discount if your nice)

Do Gabion Walls Require Planning Permission?

As a rule of thumb, unless you are planning on building a high retaining wall you don’t need any planning consent, however I would recommend seeking advice from a local contractor on high retaining walls over 1.5m. If you need specific information on your project, send me a tweet or use the contact form here.
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What Are The Benefits Of Using Gabions?

Another reason for the growing popularity of gabions in the construction field is there versatility, permeability and the speed in which gabion baskets/walls can be constructed. Rock filled gabions are free draining and because they are constructed from galvanized steel there is no erosion or rust. Even more importantly, rock filled gabions are very eco friendly and look great too.

Gabion Wall Frequently Asked Questions

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What Are Gabions?

Gabions are wire baskets mainly constructed from galvanized steel, filled with refined rock, slate, local stone or other cheap materials, including reclaimed and recycled aggregates and then linked together to form walls, retain river banks, support earth banks and dozens of other uses. Gabion walls are becoming ever popular not just because they look good, but they are cheap to install and are able to withstand pressure without deforming due to their flexibility.

Cost Effectiveness

Gabions are considered a cost-effective landscape feature. The steel cages are most commonly made of welded 3-inch mesh and cost about $25 (£18) to $55 (£39) per cubic yard. The rockfill is where costs can start to increase dramatically. You can used almost anything to fill gabions with, but most people will opt for decorative rock or stone-fill, which can be expensive if you don’t shop around. You can also read Wikipedia’s definition of Gabions HERE

Where Can I Get Gabion

Rockfill?

Your best option would be to get in touch with your local stone quarry or professional builders merchant. For most gabion baskets the recommended rockfill size range is between 65mm-250mm. You can also gain inspiration from our Gabion Filling Ideas page HERE. If you need any more advice on rockfill, please get in touch where we can assist in finding a reputable supplier.

How Long Do Gabions

Last?

There are two types of gabion basket construction, welded and woven. Welded mesh gabions are more resistant to corrosion than gabions madeusing the woven materials. Welded baskets are mainly constructed from galvanized steel and last around 25 years. High quality gabion baskets are available coated with a zinc and aluminium finish called Galfan or Galmac. Galfan or Galmac will prolong the life of the metal and keep it free from corrosion, which extends the life expectancy to around 55 years. On top of that most gabions are manufactured with a PVC coating (non visible) to prolong the lifespan of the materials. Welded baskets are rigid and keep their shape, while gabion baskets made of woven mesh don’t retain their shape that well and often become deformed when exposed to the pressure of being filled with rock.

Do Gabions Need

Foundations?

Gabion baskets are most commonly laid onto a level ground of fine decent quality aggregate that is capable of being levelled accurately, so that the base of the gabion wall is fully supported. For most gabion wall projects, 10mm pea gravel is a popular choice. Where gabions are used to create a retaining wall, its recommend the baskets are laid at a batter angle (leaning back) of around 6-10 degrees. You can create this batter angle by using the base gravel. Its recommended the assembled baskets are placed onto the aggregate and checked for alignment before filling them with rock.

What Can I Fill Gabion

Baskets With?

This comes down to personal preference as you can fill gabion baskets with almost anything heavy. Take a look through some of these gabion projects as I explain what materials were used for each project. I’ve seen anything from limestone to scrap metal used as fillings. But to make the decision easier, I have listed some examples HERE to give you some inspiration.

What Size Gabion

Baskets To Use?

Gabion baskets can be purchased in a variety of different sizes including 1/2 or 1 meter high, and 2, 3, or 4 meters in length. These are the industry standard sizes, but most reputable companies that sell gabion baskets will offer a custom option. Which means they will build a gabion basket to your provided specification. My advice would be to accurately measure the area where you would like to construct the gabion wall (width & depth in meters/ft) and take into consideration how high you need the wall to be. Once you have this information, visit some of the reputable gabion supplier websites and work out what combination of baskets you require. It’s very straightforward once you have the dimensions required.

What Gabion Baskets

Should I Buy?

My first piece of advice would be don’t look for cheap gabion baskets. I’ve seen some very cheap, low quality gabion baskets on websites like Gumtree & eBay. In most cases when they arrive and you examine the poor build quality, the first thing ive done is send them straight back to the seller. Remember that a 1 cubic metre gabion basket requires approximately 1.5 tonnes of stone, which is heavier than a Ford Focus Car. So I wouldn’t recommend or trust a basket constructed from low quality metals to withstand the test of time. My recommendation would be to assess what you are using the gabions for… If its a wall under 3m in height, I would use 3mm mesh. Anything over and above that I would go with 4mm thick mesh. With 3mm & 4mm mesh thickness the gabion baskets will not bulge once filled with rock, will look much better and last longer. If you haven’t purchased gabions before, you would be best advised to go with a reputable site/company which offers high quality galvanized steel wire baskets at affordable prices. I’ve been using three different companies to buy gabions recently and i’ll be happy to advise if you drop me a mail or tweet (I may even get you a discount if your nice).

Do Gabion Walls

Require Planning

Permission?

As a rule of thumb, unless you are planning on building a high retaining wall you don’t need any planning consent, however I would recommend seeking advice from a local contractor on high retaining walls over 1.5m. If you need specific information on your project, send me a tweet or use the contact form here.
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What Are The Benefits

Of Using Gabions?

Another reason for the growing popularity of gabions in the construction field is there versatility, permeability and the speed in which gabion baskets/walls can be constructed. Rock filled gabions are free draining and because they are constructed from galvanized steel there is no erosion or rust. Even more importantly, rock filled gabions are very eco friendly and look great too.

Gabion Wall Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any questions regarding gabion wall or

gabion products that are not listed on this page

please use the menu above to contact us.

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