4 USES FOR STACKSTONE AROUND THE HOME
Stackstone refers to small stone tiles or pieces that are bonded together without using cement or concrete to create a natural, stacked appearance. Although almost any type of stone can be used in stackstone, quartzite and slate are popular and versatile option for premium stackstone due to their water and weather durability. These are some of the advantages associated with stackstone and ideas for incorporating stackstone in your house.
Advantages of Using Stackstone
While traditional stackstone used nothing but the careful selection and placement of stones in an interlocking pattern, modern stackstone is extremely durable as it’s bonded with resin. Some of the key advantages include:
- Drainage. The spaces between stackstone allows water to be drained .
- Aesthetics. Stackstone brings unique character to any wall, with a rustic, classic look that complements into the surrounding landscape.
- Established history of usage. There’s a reason the stack method has been used since the time of the pyramids – the dry stack construction method is lasting and brings significant visual appeal.
- Flexibility. Stackstone can be adhered to finished walls to give your house a facelift. It can be used around water areas or in water features to provide privacy or to function as a visual focus. It’s also a great material for outdoor areas given its rugged and stain-resistant character.
Uses for Stackstone
These are four popular ways stackstone can be used around the home and garden.
1. Home Exterior
Depending on your choice of colours, stackstone can be used to bring an ultra-modern or rustic look to your home. The material can be glued directly on to finished walls and surfaces for a quick facelift that will bring new energy and a fresh new look to your home. Columns, stand-alone walls, and the home exterior itself may all be re-invigorated with the use of stackstone as stone cladding.
2. Outdoor Rooms
The durability of quartzite and slate makes stackstone suitable for building outdoor rooms. These can include outdoor kitchens, pergolas, gazebos, decks, verandas, and cabanas.
For homes equipped with swimming pools, stackstone can even be used to build an outdoor shower area as qurtzite and slate are highly water-resistant materials. Bring personality and a rustic design to your outdoor space by using stackstone.
Stackstone is highly suited to the outdoors as it blends in and complements natural shades and colours. It is popular for creating barriers and walls in outdoor rooms to subtly enhance privacy.
3. Outdoor Features
Outdoor features, particularly water features, can be accentuated by applying stackstone to the surface. The flexibility of stackstone means it can be easily incorporated into water features, such as water walls, columns, ornamental garden walls, rock gardens, or barriers for landscape gardens. Its low porosity and stain-resistance means it can be used in water features as a durable and lasting material.
4. Indoor Features
Stackstone can be used indoors to introduce a rugged and earthy look to the space. Fireplaces, living areas, bedroom, bathrooms, and kitchens can all feature stackstone for walls and surfaces such as benches and columns.
Finally, make sure that the adhesive holding the stone pieces together is firm and strong with no wobbly or loose pieces. Also remember that stackstone is heavy so a high quality adhesive appropriate for walling should be used so that pieces don't dislodge a year or two later.