Stone Walls, Chimneys, Walkways, and Steps
There are many ways of installing stonework the 3 most common are:
- Ashlar – The stones are not bigger than a single installer can handle. They are usually consistent with each other. This is usually a 2:1 ratio width versus height but can be installed horizontally as well.
- Random Rubble – The stones used in this technique can be quite large especially on their face areas with smaller stone in lesser areas.
- Mosaic – There is an art to all the different techniques, but mosaic especially requires a skill set of an experienced mason in order to get all the mortar joints approximately the same.
- Veneer – Veneer installation requires a delicate touch that requires our most experienced people. The thin size also allows for small errors to show more easily.
The key to good stonework is in the mortar. The most important part is the consistency and any sort of differences will stand out.
This Chilton stone chimney was in good shape except for the mortar and the cap. We repaired the cap and tuck pointed the chimney down to the roofline. We then added some new back flashing to complete the project.