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Homeowners looking to introduce color, texture and unique design elements to a house’s exterior may consider building an accent or garden wall. Fortunately, if the thought of a block-and-mortar wall seems a little daunting, there’s an easier solution.
Using dry-stacked concrete blocks and a surface-bonding cement, it can be easier than many homeowners realize to build a low-maintenance, affordable accent wall.
The one-coat application of QUIKRETE Quikwall Surface Bonding Cement provides structural strength and a textured “stucco” finish. The Surface Bonding Cement is also excellent for rehabilitating and waterproofing unpainted concrete walls.
Adding color to the wall can be simple with a liquid pigment additive available in 20 standard color choices, QUIKRETE Stucco & Mortar Color that can be added to the mixing water during the mixing process.
How to Build a Wall with QUIKRETE Quikwall
To build the wall:
- After dampening with a fine spray, apply a 1⁄8-inch-thick coating of surface bonding cement to the sides, top and exposed ends of the concrete block wall with a finishing trowel. Trowel to desired texture or finish.
- Moist cure the wall after eight hours by dampening with a fine spray. Repeat spraying several times daily for three days.
For detailed application instructions or additional project ideas, visit www.quikrete.com.