Stack Stone in Nashville
If you’re looking for stack stone in Nashville, you’ve come to the right place. The Rock Place does specialize in all types of natural stone but we have a particular affinity toward stack stone. With our selection and price, there’s no reason to go anywhere else. Read on to understand a little bit more about stack stone and how it can work with your house or within your project.
If you’re looking for the types of building stone The Rock Place has on hand, give us a call at (615) 459-9200 or you can check out our full product list. Our stack stone is listed under the “Building Stone” heading. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we can get it. Give us a call about a custom order!
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What Is Stack Stone?
Stack stone, also known as stacked stone, is an arrangement of flat building stone so that the natural stones give the impression of being neatly and carefully stacked. Stack stone is used in various building and decorating techniques, such as fireplaces, retaining walls, and stone veneers and is quickly becoming a more popular option for outdoor stone decoration. This is due, in part, to the natural beauty of the stone and the feeling it evokes in home owners. Stack stone is constructed from natural stones varying in color from gray to red to brown, which gives a home that warm and natural feel.
Where You Can Use Stack Stone
Stack stone is popularly used for outdoor dÃ©cor, such as in fireplaces or veneer for walls. Some homes elect to use real stack stone, rather than veneer, for a more authentic look and feel.
Stack stone can also be used to construct:
- Outdoor fireplaces
- Outdoor benches
- Outdoor fire pits
- Retaining walls
Stack stone is actually a very popular choice for retaining walls. Using stack stone as a retaining wall is not only an effective utility for your yard, garden, or pond, but it has a striking appearance as well.
When you add stack stone to your back or front yard entertainment area, the result is classy, glamorous and inviting.
Using Stack Stone
Because of its obvious stacked nature, stack stone is usually built up against a beam or other firm structure to give the stones extra support. Earth is even a good option as support for stack stone, for instance when you want to build a retaining wall against a hillside.
One reason for the need of extra constructional support is the “mortarless” nature of stack stone. Stack stone is stacked without an adhesive agent, making it a much more natural addition to any home or garden area. Lack of mortar or concrete is actually very advantageous for outdoor additions because the stones are arranged so that water and soil can pass easily through the cracks, allowing them to shift in accommodating weather and soil changes.
Keep in mind that a stack stone structure of more than three feet in height must be supported by a form of footing made from concrete. Alternatives include steel rods or wire baskets, both of which also lend support to stack stone, preventing it from collapsing and causing damage.
Stack Stone Fireplaces
A fireplace addition to your home can be made into gorgeous and expressive pieces of art with the use of stack stone. Stack stone need not be the sole building material; when you use it as a veneer, stack stone can be added to your outdoor fireplace.
Indoor fireplaces made of stack stone:
To add a stack stone veneer to your brick and concrete fireplace, simply add a layer of wet concrete on the surface of the dry concrete fireplace and affix the stack stone against the wet concrete. The concrete will dry with the stack stone pressed against it, creating a beautiful exterior that looks like a fireplace made entirely of stack stone.
Outdoor fireplaces made of stack stone:
An outdoor fireplace, because it can stand alone, does not need to be made of concrete and brick. Your stack stone need not be only a veneer. You can make the entire fireplace, including the chimney, out of stack stone with the help of steel or concrete bars or wire.
Stack Stone Retaining Walls
Adding a stack stone retaining wall to your yard or garden makes for a beautiful addition to your home that will last for a long time.
To begin this process, you need to map out the location of the wall and decide if it will stand alone or be attached to the side of a hill or other mound of earth. If it is to stand alone, secure the stone wall with concrete, steel bars, concrete bars, or wire. If it is to lean against a mound of earth, make sure there is no way it can fall over. In general, we recommend going the safe route and adding additional support through steel, concrete, or wire to an earth-bound stack stone retaining wall.
Where to Find Stack Stone
As a natural stone dealer in Nashville, Tennessee, The Rock Place has a vast inventory of stack stone, from gray to black to red or brown stones. Whatever tone of stack stone you need for your construction, The Rock Place is the place to start. As mentioned earlier, if we don’t have it in stock, we can get it for you. Just give us a call at (615) 459-9200.
If you are not in the general Nashville area, do some research to find your local stone dealer. The service of professionals is well worth the search.