Choosing the Real Stone System Pavers for Your Porch in Peoria, IL | G.H. Erickson & Son
A Step-by-Step Guide to Installing a New Stone Porch
If you're considering adding a new porch to your home or giving your current porch a facelift, you may be wondering what your options are. While wooden porches are popular, they require more maintenance than stone or concrete porches. As a company that specializes in stone and brick masonry, we recently finished installing a beautiful new stone porch in Peoria, IL. In this blog post, we'll share a step-by-step guide to installing a new stone porch, including the importance of a concrete base and the different types of stone and brick options available.
First things first: before any stone or brick can be installed, a concrete base needs to be laid. This is an integral step in ensuring the stability of the porch and preventing any shifting or settling over time. Our team began by excavating the ground where the porch would go, ensuring that all grass and soil was removed. Then the area was leveled and compacted before a layer of gravel was laid. Finally, a thick layer of concrete was poured and allowed to cure for several days.
Once the concrete base was set, it was time to start the real fun - choosing the type of stone or brick our clients wanted for their porch. We have a variety of options available, from classic brick to natural stone like limestone, sandstone, and slate. Each type of stone has its own unique look and benefits, so we worked closely with our clients to help them select the best choice for their style and budget.
After the stone was chosen, our team carefully laid it on top of the concrete base. This is a meticulous process that requires precision and attention to detail to ensure that each piece of stone is properly aligned and level with the others. Once the stone was laid, we applied a sealant to help protect it from the elements and ensure that it will last for years to come.
Of course, an installation like this isn't complete without finishing touches. We installed stone steps leading up to the porch, as well as a coordinating stone border around the perimeter of the porch to give it a polished look.
In the end, the new stone porch was not only functional but also added a unique and stunning touch to the home's exterior. With a concrete base and carefully chosen stone, this porch will last for many years to come. If you're considering a new porch for your own home, we hope this step-by-step guide has been helpful in understanding the importance of a solid foundation and the variety of stone options available. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about our masonry services.
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