01.20.21

Can a stone wall be built this winter?

Posted in Masonry, Pavers, Uncategorized at 6:45 AM by Administrator

Artistic Landscapes is in the process of building a natural stone wall in Ipswich. Our goal for this retaining wall is to match an existing stone wall that is on another part of the property. We have tented the area and use portable heaters to help the mortar cure. A natural stone wall can be built during winter weather only if you make sure that you have heat to help the mortar cure and you do not freeze doing the work.

Natural stone wall being built in Ipswich, MA
We setup a tent with tarped sides to keep the work area warm as that helps mortar cure properly

The following picture shows one of the methods that we use to heat the work area and help the mortar cure. With this method, we heat the water so that the mortar will go into the wall while being warm and then the heat from the torch is captured within the tent. At that point, the whole work is warm. You must remember to keep the area well ventilated as you do not want to breath in the fumes from a portable heater as the fumes can be toxic.

Various methods can be used to heat the work area

For information about how Artistic Landscapes can help you with your landscaping needs, please call us at 978.948.2900. If you want to see a few samples of stone walls that we have on display, please visit our office on Route One (111 Newburyport Turnpike) in Rowley, MA.

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