Separations & Dividers
A stone wall should bespeak both strength and beauty. There are two types of walls: dry stack and mortared joints, either formal or rustic. Construction of any type of wall should best be left to a professional. Both methods of stone wall construction require a high level of skill and experience that you will find in a qualified stone mason. Mortared walls require a concrete footer poured below the frost line in your area (i.e., code) as well as an adequate drainage field to relieve hydrostatic pressure behind the wall. Hydrostatic pressure may cause the stone wall to fall over. Surely everyone has seen a stone wall that is falling over due to the lack of proper water drainage.
The various styles of joints in a stone wall also require expertise in execution; knowledge of when the cement has set up to the proper time to apply the proper tool to achieve the desired look. Cleaning the stone requires the use of potentially dangerous agents, once again, best left to a qualified contractor or stone mason. On the other had, dry stack walls do not require a footer or drainage field, as the joints drain naturally but have their own set of installation requirements. Once again the first stones laid must be below the frost line. The wall must bank or taper back somewhat for stability and the earth between the stones must be solidly packed and be of the proper moisture. The capstone must be carefully set and packed with dirt so as to be safe and stable. The aesthetic plus of a dry stack stone wall is that it enables one to plant mosses or creeping flora for a natural look.
At Wonderfalls of Atlanta, we often recommend using Pennsylvania fieldstone for our clients’ dry stack walls. Its color is dark gray to tan. Its neutral tone goes with anything including brick, and has a wonderful texture. If you would like an artistically rendered wall, many types of found objects may be incorporated into the wall. We have a large inventory of artifacts that we encourage our clients to choose from, including antique millstones and grind stones, rusty metal objects gleaned from factories and farms, architectural pieces such as terracotta, and more.
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