Retaining walls either serve an aesthetic purpose in your outdoor landscaping or they are a functional necessity for unlevel yards and/or erosion prevention. Either way, using stone veneer on your home’s retaining wall isn’t only a beautiful choice, but often the smart one.
If you are adding a retaining wall, choosing concrete clad with stone veneer is a sure-fire way to achieve a distinctive wall that will endure. If you are replacing or resurfacing a retaining wall, stone veneer helps prevent the conditions that caused the need for replacement in the first place, such as crumbling, staining and other damage from the elements.
Why Retaining Walls are Important
A retaining wall can stop soil erosion in sloped yards, keeping your landscaping in place. It can retain usable outdoor space, leveling off sloped areas that are too sloped to use. The ground can be built up to be level to the retaining wall, resulting in an extra, usable space for more landscaping or a patio with an outdoor kitchen or fire pit area.
Quality Construction Sets Your Retaining Walls Up for Endurance
Depending on the age of the home, the retaining wall could be constructed from wood, concrete or cinderblock. Older homes are more likely to have wood and newer have concrete or cinderblock.
If the contractor who built the retaining wall did so professionally, then the ground was excavated to ensure adequate drainage, landscaping fabric was put down to keep drainage gravel in place, concrete was poured, rebar installed and cinderblocks were stacked on top. The contractor could stop there and call it a day. As a retaining wall, it would function well. As a functional wall that also looks stunning? Not so much. That is the reason to cover a retaining wall with stone veneer.
Stone Veneer Makes Your Retaining Walls Look Beautiful
You have two options for stone veneer on your retaining wall: natural and manufactured. Natural stones are cut thinly and applied to the wall. Manufactured stone is made by mixing cement, aggregate and pigments, then pouring the mix into cast molds. The resulting look is difficult to tell it apart from natural stone. That means you really can’t make a wrong choice deciding between natural and manufactured stone veneer, and it gives you the freedom to pick the exact look you want.
The application process is the same for both manufactured or natural stone. The retaining wall’s surface is prepped, mortar applied, stones set and then grouted in between the stones.
Tips From Our Stonemasons for Choosing the Right Stone Veneer for Your Retaining Wall
With the many colors, styles, shapes and sizes available, choosing which stone may be the most difficult part of your retaining wall project. Our experts and stonemasons are here to help you pick the right stone veneer for the look you’ll love for as long as you live in your home.
Natural stone choices include what you find in hardscaping projects, so river stone, flagstone, slate and granite are popular. Take a look at your surroundings and home’s style. A “natural” fit might be rounded, traditional stones or chiseled, modern faces. If you’re seeking a brick-type look, you’ll want to choose a stone in square or rectangle shapes in order to create a pattern. There is a manufactured stone veneer that mimics natural stone, so it could boil down to budget.
Even if your retaining wall is a necessity rather than a design element in your outdoor space, it should complement your existing landscaping and hardscaping. If your retaining wall isn’t part of a larger outdoor living project, choose a stone veneer in the style of your home.
Regardless of your retaining wall project’s scope or size, our skilled and experienced staff has the capability to execute from conception to completion.