Stone walls are an excellent addition to any outdoor landscape. They will boost your curb appeal while making your exterior spaces perfect for entertaining guests. When installing one you’ll need to decide what wall type you want, the best spot to install them, and how to utilize them with the existing landscape seamlessly.
What are Stone Walls?
A stone wall is essentially a fence which is comprised of stones. It is one of the oldest forms of construction, having been used for thousands of years. They come in two basic varieties, which is mortared or dry. Mortared stone walls are made of stones which are stacked and held together through mortar and concrete to produce a stronger effect.
A dry stone wall is built through stacking the stones in a pattern which is overlapping that uses the rock friction to bring about stabilization and maintain the structural integrity. A stone wall may also be retaining or free standing. Retaining walls will be finished at the front and top, retaining the slope material, while a free standing wall will be finished on the top as well as both sides, resulting in a type of fence made of stone.
Why Should You Get Stone Walls?
Stone walls are versatile, and have multiple applications, both functional and decorative. A retaining wall will bring a lot of charm to your landscape while simultaneously preventing erosion. Many property owners use stone walls to form an entrance into and out of their property. Another common technique is to use lower walls near patios so that outdoor entertainment spaces are set off, while a tall stone wall will be used as a privacy enclosure for the back yard.
Stone walls can be installed in multiple sizes, and the size you choose should depend on which wall is being used for and its location. For instance, short walls which range in size from 6 to 18 inches are ideal as borders for either the patio or garden areas, and thin stones are optimal for producing a layered appearance. Taller walls which are 18 inches to 4 feet with wider block type stones are also popular, and are routinely used as enclosures for privacy and are best designed from mortar that makes use of bigger stones. Furthermore, you should always remember to choose stones which best complement your existing architecture.
Why Choose Fitz’s Fish Ponds for Stone Walls?
One of the biggest reasons for choosing Fitz’s Fish Ponds for stone walls installation is that we avoid the bland, cookie cutter look that is so common in most residential properties. We are professional and artistic landscapers that produce unique, one of kind projects that will dazzle you, that will make your home stand out from the crowd. We only use the best materials and equipment and the stone walls we install will last for generations. When you’re ready to get your new stone wall installed contact us with any questions or inquiries you have and we’ll answer them.