Tips on Choosing the Perfect Stone for Your Rock Retaining Walls

Commonly used for garden or yard, rock retaining walls can be a great asset to your home’s landscape. But you should always remember that building a stone wall requires a lot of research and logical planning.

Ideas may come into your mind but the most important thing you need to consider is whether you want a stacked or a mortared wall.

  1. Mortared or Stacked walls

Deciding your choice of rock wall should be your top priority because it will serve as the core of every decision when it comes to your retaining project. To help you make a better choice, here’s a comparison between the two:

  • Mortared walls require a footing that’s usually implanted several inches from the ground to achieve stability. Compared to stacked walls, mortared are easier to build because the mortar itself holds the stones together.
  • Stacked walls can be easier to maintain than the mortared type. In addition, they are cheaper to build since there’s no need to buy concrete footing and mortar materials. However, the stacked type should be made from stones with flat faces and are only limited to square or rectangular squares whilst round shapes may be a bit difficult to work on with.
  1. Types of Stones
  • Sandstones and Limestone

Sandstones and Limestone are available in a range of colours including white, tan and grey. These are perfect if you are aiming for a more creative look as it can be cut into regular and irregular shapes.

  • Granite

Usually available in large, rectangular shapes, granite is a durable stone type that is easy to use in building a rock wall. It also comes in a variety of colours such as white, pink or grey.

  • Fieldstone

This type is the least expensive amongst other stones and can range in sizes from hand-sized to huge rocks.

  • Concrete

This type is designed to mimic natural rock with their rough edges making your wall in addition to your garden’s aesthetics.

Constructed by professional builders and masons, Wise Rockscapes Rock Walls and Landscaping offers premium quality landscaping solutions and rock retaining walls at the most affordable price possible.