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1 Wicklow Granite Building Stone

Description

Wicklow Granite building stone is one of the most popular types of building stone we supply it can be used on house facades or boundary walls and is a very attractive hard wearing stone. It can also be bought in a random rubble and machine block format. The random rubble is hand picked and you would generally get 3 to 4 square meters out of a bag, as for the machine cut its split down into more modular sizes and you generally get 4 meters out of a bag.  Contact our sales team for any further details.

Why use an experienced stonemason?
To the trained eye, good stone masonry can seem almost like and art form. Using an experienced stonemason is critical to the finished appearance of your project. The modern stonemason undergoes comprehensive training, both in the classroom and in the working environment. Hands-on skill is complemented by intimate knowledge of each stone type, its application and best uses, and how to work and fix each stone in place. The mason may be skilled and competent to carry out one or all of the various branches of stonemasonry. In some areas the trend is towards specialisation, in other areas towards adaptability. When you are taking on a mason be sure to ask for references and some photo’s of their past work in order to satisfy yourself of their competence.

  • Rubble Masonry: When roughly dressed stones are laid in a mortar the result is a stone rubble masonry.
  • Ashlar Masonry: Stone masonry using dressed (cut) stones is known as ashlar masonry.
  • Stone Veneer: Stone veneer is used as a protective and decorative covering for interior or exterior walls and surfaces. The veneer is typically 1 inch (2.54 cm) thick and must weigh less than 15 lb per square foot (73 kg m−2) so that no additional structural supports are required. The structural wall is put up first, and thin, flat stones are mortared onto the face of the wall. Metal tabs in the structural wall are mortared between the stones to tie everything together, to prevent the stonework from separating from the wall.
  • Slipform Stonemasonry: Slipform stonemasonry is a method for making stone walls with the aid of formwork to contain the rocks and mortar while keeping the walls straight. Short forms, up to two feet tall, are placed on both sides of the wall to serve as a guide for the stone work. Stones are placed inside the forms with the good faces against the form work. Concrete is poured behind the rocks. Rebar is added for strength, to make a wall that is approximately half reinforced concrete and half stonework. The wall can be faced with stone on one side or both sides.