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How Much Does It Cost To Install A Stone Or Block Wall?

Most homeowners spend between $2,343 to $4,574 nationally.
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When it comes to outdoor space, a stone or block wall offers many benefits, including visual appeal, privacy and security. Before installing one of these walls, it helps to know about the costs for materials and labor, the advantages, the disadvantages and the process involved. This handy guide answers many questions.

If you’re considering installing a stone or block wall in your outdoor area, ImproveNet can help you get started today.

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$4,399

Average Cost

$160

Minimum Cost

$15,700

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National Average Cost $4,399
Minimum Cost $160
Maximum Cost $15,700
Average Range $2,343 to $4,574
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Table of Contents

  1. Stone Wall Cost
  2. Block Wall Cost
  3. Wall Cost Comparison
  4. Wall Cost Factors
  5. Why Install A Stone Or Block Wall
  6. Advantages Of Stone & Block Walls
  7. Disadvantages Of Stone & Block Walls
  8. DIY Or Hire A Pro?
  9. How To Install A Stone Or Block Wall
  10. Find A Pro

Stone Wall Cost

As you begin planning your stone wall project, it’s important to understand the range of costs involved so you can better prepare your budget and judge estimates. The chart below shows average costs you can expect to pay for stone, necessary equipment, additional supplies and labor. 

Category

Average Price Range Per 100sf

Stone

$1,000 to $1,500

Labor (three 8-hour days)

$1,525 to $1,850

Supplies

$25 to $35

Equipment

$55 to $80

Totals

$2,605 to $3,465

Cost per sq. ft.

$26.05 to $34.65

To establish the costs for a DIY project, subtract the amount listed for labor. Find the new total cost per square feet, and multiply by the total square footage needed.

Wall Cost Comparison

Block Wall Cost

Just like a stone wall, the costs for a block wall include the price of the concrete blocks, necessary equipment, additional supplies and labor. The chart below shows the average breakdowns of these costs.

Category

Average Cost Per 100sf

Concrete blocks

$100 to $300

Labor (three 8-hour days)

$1,500 to $1,800

Supplies

$20 to $25

Equipment

$55 to $80

Totals

$1,675 to $2,205

Cost per sq. ft.

$16.75 to $22.05

To arrive at an estimate for a DIY project, subtract the labor cost. Find the new total cost per square feet and multiply by the total square footage needed, just as you would when estimating your stone wall costs.

Wall Cost Comparison

Additional types of outdoor walls include brick walls and poured concrete walls. The chart below shows the difference in average price per square feet between the four types of walls when you have professionals install them.

Wall Type

Average Cost per Sq. Ft.

Stone wall

$30

Block wall

$20

Brick wall

$60

Poured concrete wall

$35

Wall Cost Factors

The cost to install a stone or block wall depends on the desired square footage and how level and accessible your property is. Geography also affects costs; labor expenses may be higher in some areas of the country than others. Hiring a general contractor generally increases costs by about 13%, and many cities require permits and inspections for wall installation; these elements increase your pricing.

Block Wall Cost

Why Install A Stone Or Block Wall

Stone or concrete block walls serve a number of functions for an outdoor space. Installed properly, they prevent mudslides, offer privacy, provide security and add visual appeal.

Advantages Of Stone & Block Walls

In addition to reducing runoff from rain and preventing mudslide damage, an outdoor wall provides a good backdrop for raised garden beds. Because stone and concrete blocks come in a variety of colors, they make an attractive complement to your outdoor landscaping design.

Disadvantages Of Stone & Block Walls

Unfortunately, stone doesn't respond well to harsh weather. Prolonged exposure to rain, snow or ice can cause it to chip or crack. To prevent cracking on concrete blocks, sealant is required every few years. Improper installation of stone or rock walls can cause them to lean, and even fall, over time.

DIY Or Hire A Pro?

Because installing a stone or block wall is more complicated than it looks, this job is often best left to professionals. The process is time consuming, and incorrect measurements sometimes produce a misshapen result. Before excavating property, you should always call to check for underground utilities.

Wall Cost Factors

How To Install A Stone Or Block Wall

You might enjoy the challenge of a home improvement project. Follow these steps to install a concrete block or rectangular stone wall:

  1. Based on building codes in your area, prepare a solid footing for the wall and have it inspected.
  2. Lay out stones or cinder blocks for the first row of the wall. Leave ½-inch gaps between blocks or stones for mortar joints, and snap a chalk line for proper alignment. Remove stones or blocks.
  3. Following package instructions, prepare a quick-concrete mortar. Lay one inch of mortar along the chalk lines, and use a trowel to cut a V-shaped groove in the center of the mortar for each stone or block laid. This helps ensure even distribution of the mortar and ensures it reaches the edges of the stone or block.
  4. Lay the corners of the first row, creating a ½-inch mortar joint underneath. Check for level placement and alignment between the corner blocks or stones and remove excess mortar. Run a mason's string between the two blocks to ensure alignment.
  5. To lay the remainder of the row, slice the V-shape groove into the mortared footing, and apply mortar to one side of the stone or block to affix it to the previously laid piece. When placing, leave a ½-inch joint between and below each piece.
  6. Lay the second row by applying one inch of mortar along the top edge of the first row. Start and end this row with half blocks. Alternating half blocks on the ends of every other row creates a pattern that adds strength to the wall. Run mason's string atop the ends to ensure proper height alignment. Fill in the middle, leaving a ½-inch joint between and below pieces.
  7. Proceed with remaining rows, and don't forget to stir the mortar occasionally. If desired, use cap stones on the top row for a finished look. Allow concrete in the joints to set until it shows a slight fingerprint when pressed. To compact the mortar, run a jointer along the horizontal joints and down the vertical joints. Sweep excess mortar away using a soft brush.

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Installing a stone or block wall provides many benefits, including security, privacy and improved outdoor design. If you’re considering installing an outdoor wall, check out wall professionals in your area today.

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Last updated on Mar 20, 2017

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