Stone Retaining walls have been a part of construction for thousands of years. Before the use of mortar and plaster became commonplace, farmers and primitive people piled loose fieldstones into what was known as a dry stone wall. These dry stone walls can still be found today, especially in Ireland and other parts of Europe.
We build mainly retaining walls, which can save your yard and will add value to your property. These walls can be used to create a terraced lawn, and this increases the usable area of your lawn. A retaining wall will keep dirt from spilling over onto your footpaths and driveways and other areas of your yard. Although these walls serve a practical purpose, they also add an interesting design element to your landscape.
In modern construction, the first task in building stone retaining wall is to select the right materials. The next task is to get the right stonemasons. As an owner-operated company, Professional Stone Work provides the highest quality of work, and you can be assured that your stone retaining wall will be made from first class materials, properly fitted so that the individual stones do not rock back and forth and fall off.
We use both dry and wet construction methods. The great advantage of dry stone wall construction is that your drainage system comes built in: water will usually seep through the cracks between the stones. This type of construction requires greater precision in the way the stones are stacked than mortared-wall construction, since proper placement is what keeps the wall intact.
With the aid of mortar it is possible to build a taller stone wall that does not taper inwards like a dry-stacked wall. Although the stones will now be “glued” together, proper stone working techniques are still important. Most of the stonework walls and rooms that we do consist of a non-structural veneer of stone against a structural wall of cement or other materials.
A good wall begins with a stable base. In some locations, especially where there’s loamy soil and poor drainage, we have to dig as much as four feet deep, below the frost line, and install pipes to drain water out of the footing. We would never build a wall on anything but a full base of washed stone. Still, this foundation stone must be kept separate from and untainted by the nearby soils for it to work well: in a dry construction, if the spaces between the stones get filled, the draining will cease.
From striking honeyed Bath stones and clean, white Portland to Cotswold stones in pastoral oranges, browns and light beige tones, English stone is extremely diverse in color, feel and finish. Coral stone from the Dominican Republic is also spectacular, with a wonderful texture just right for your stone walls. Still, we don’t select stone just for looks – we will advise you on the long-term durability of the stone of your choice before we use it for building.
Professional Stone Work provides personalized service. We employ well-trained stone builders, and we do not outsource our jobs. We provide commercial and residential service, and we will give you clear and accurate estimates before starting work.
The quality and cleanliness of our work is a source of pride to us, and we will leave your property cleaner than it was before. Let Professional Stone Work help you improve your home and increase your property value today.