Stacked Stone Tile
The term ‘stacked stone tile’ refers to products that are made by using the ancient practice of dry stacking. The concept originated several thousand years back when stones were stacked one atop another to build retaining walls. The method was also used for creating boundaries, which were used to restrain livestock and other domesticated animals from wandering.
The concept of stacked stone tile structures relies on the strength of the stones that are used in terms of their weight and also the amount of friction that exists between each of the stones. Stacked stone walls became an especially popular concept because walls that had been created with care and were strong could last for thousands of years.
Principles Of Building Stacked Stone Walls
Stacked Stones With Different Colors
The first rule of thumb when building a stacked stone wall is to maintain a uniform size for the stones. While uneven sizes can also be used these are likely to cause problems when trying to fit the stones closely together and these might slip or push against one another and come loose.
The next thing to keep in mind while building a wall is to ensure that it has a strong base.
Stacked Stone Fireplace
A proper foundation is essential for the wall to have strength and endurance so that it lasts for a long time, serves its purpose and does not need constant repairs. If the base of the wall is weak the structure will not hold and is likely to crumble at any time.
The third thing to keep in mind is to ensure that all the stones fit together. There should be no air spaces and random gaps between the different stones. Not only can these cause the stones to come loose and shift around over time, they may also act as weak pressure points in the entire structure. The stones should fit snugly and firmly against one another.
One of the primary reasons for creating a stacked stone wall is to build a partition between a specific compound or area and to separate it from the region beyond it. This is usually done with the purpose of restricting the earth pieces and the soil from reaching the inner side of the stacked wall. To be able to achieve this purpose fully it is imperative to create a strong, solid and sturdy structure. Building a functional stacked stone wall involves far more than simply piling up stones together. One has to build the wall in accordance with formal engineering principles to ensure that the wall is firm, does not come lose, is enduring and serves its purpose well.
Factors To Pay Attention To When Building A Wall With Stacked Stones
The following factors have to be taken into consideration when one is planning to build a stacked stone wall. Whether you are erecting the wall as a boundary to your residential property, creating a small enclosure for any purpose or merely creating a decorative pattern in your garden, these considerations have to be kept in mind :-
* Building materials required and their functionality in the surroundings
* The slope of the land
* The wall top
* The drainage level and system in the area
* The functionality to be achieved
These walls can be made using poured concrete, fake stone veneer, natural stones, interlocking blocks, interlocking pavers and even pieces of wood.