The importance of good stone installation

Depending on the style of your chosen stone, there are numerous installation techniques which can be used to achieve a certain look. Consideration regarding the type of stone, it’s profile and colour tones are important when creating a featural wall. The desired “pattern”, grouting technique and inclusion of corner details will also have a big impact on the look of your stone.

Beyond aesthetics, installation of the stone should be appropriate for the site conditions and the individual application. When working with natural stone cladding, it’s not just the finish that’s important. What’s behind the cladding – the substrate, control joints, adhesives and fixings are integral to the success of your feature wall.

Compliance with any relevant building practices will be required and an engineer’s structural certification may be deemed necessary.

What does a stonemason do?

Stonemasons are professional craftsmen who work with stone. Those who are engaged in residential or commercial settings do a variety of work including:

  • Construct stone feature walls, retaining walls or boundary fencing
  • Lay garden paths or driveways
  • Lay interior or exterior stone flooring or wall tiles
  • Cut, shape and polish stone pieces such as benchtops
  • Build block work or brick substrates
  • Install cladding on building façades
  • Finish pool surrounds with stone tiles
  • Repair stone façades and heritage stonework

Tips to select the right stonemason for your feature wall

Ready to engage a stonemason for your feature wall? Here are a few tips to help you choose the right one for your project.

1. Find a stonemason familiar with the project

Just as you would when choosing an architect or a builder, you’ll want to select a stonemason that has experience or specialises in the type of stone construction your project requires. Finding someone who is familiar with the product you are using can streamline the process and help reduce unnecessary complications.

Ask your supplier for recommendations if you need pointing in the right direction.

2. Ask questions

For any trade, it’s recommended you source 2-3 comparative quotes for your project no matter how small it is. When comparing the quotes, don’t just allow the price to inform your decision. Ask questions about any insurance or licenses the stonemason holds. Request examples of their work or to speak with past clients. Confirm what the quote includes and discuss any exclusions or add-ons that need to be considered.

3. Confirm specifics

While there are some aspects of construction that can only be estimated, especially in the event other trades are involved, it’s worth confirming specifics rather than receive a rough estimate. Factors such as material requirements, time of availability and expected date of completion are all aspects of construction worth knowing in advance.

Feature image: Exact Stone Masonry installing Baw Baw Dry Stone.