Retaining walls can often have very bland appearances. They can stick out like an eyesore when paired with beautiful landscaping. If you want to add some curb appeal to your home and make your retaining wall have a more visually appealing look, you could always add a stone face to it. The guide below walks you through the steps to take to add stone to your retaining wall to give it a finished look.
Measure the Areas You Plan to Cover with Stone
The first thing you need to do is you need to measure what areas of the wall you plan to cover with the stone. You want to be sure that when you go to the stone dealer, you purchase enough stone to cover the amount of square feet you plan to cover.
Choose Which Stone You Like Best
When you visit the stone facility, there will be a large selection of stone from which you can choose. Consider choosing a shade of stone that will pair well with the color of your home and your shutters. If the stone does not complement the colors of your home, it will serve as an eyesore rather than a compliment to your home.
Determine a Layout for the Stone
Once you have purchased the stone, take it home and lay it out next to the wall. You need to determine how you want to place it onto the wall so that it has an attractive look when you are done. The stone can be broken into smaller pieces to fill in tiny gaps when needed. Stone can typically be broken with a hammer because the stone that is used to face a wall or home is not overly thick.
Prepare to Adhere the Stone
You need to mix mortar according to the directions on the package. You will only be mixing the mortar with water so it should not be difficult to do. Consider mixing it in a wheelbarrow so you can move it as needed.
Attach the Stone
Next, you need to spread some of the mortar onto the wall. You want to be sure to spread a somewhat thick layer of mortar onto the wall so that the stone can stick well. Use a trowel to spread the mortar so that you do not get it all over your hands. Press each stone into place and continue until the wall is complete.
Fill in the Grout Between the Stones
Allow the mortar to dry overnight before continuing. Purchase grout to use between the stones. The grout can be dyed at the store to the exact color you need to match the stones that you have chosen. All you need to do is to spread the grout between each of the stones and then wipe the excess off of the fronts of the stones with a large wet sponge.
Once the grout has been put in place, it will take a few days for everything to harden fully. When the grout and mortar finishing hardening, the wall will have an elegant look to it. The stone face can be added over the course of a weekend and will last for years to come. For more help, consider hiring a landscaping company like L & L Excavation & Landscaping.