Stone Veneer

Instructions on applying stone veneer to your landscape projects.

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Light weight stone veneers may be made of manufactured stone or cast from concrete and given

natural looking colors and textures. Some stone veneer pieces range from ½ to 2inches in thickness.

With some lighter products, you can use an adhesive to attach the pieces directly on a finish interior

wall. With heavier material you’ll need to apply expanded metal lath and attach the pieces with

mortar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to install stone veneer

 

1. Apply lath and first mortar coat.

 

For interior walls, fasten expanded metal lath onto the wall surface, nailing into studs. For exterior

walls nail on 15 pound roofing felt, then metal lath. Trowel on a ¼ inch coat of mortar over the lath.

After the mortar has just begun to set up, roughen the surface with a plasterer’s rake, scratching it

to a depth of 1/8 inch. Let this coat dry and cure for 48 hours before applying the next layer of

mortar and the stone veneer. Meanwhile lay the stones veneer out on the floor as they will be

positioned on the wall. As you arrange them, keep the joint space consisten

 

 

 

 

 

2. Applying  stone veneer.

 

Cover the scratch coat of mortar with a ½-inch layer of mortar, working with an 8 square foot area

at a time. Just before positioning each stone, also apply a thin layer of mortar to the back of the

stone veneer. Press the stone into the mortar bed, Moving it back and forth and rocking it slightly to

create a thorough bond. Place the bottom corner stone first. Then, working upward, add pieces

toward the center of the area you are veneering, keeping the joint space you established in your plan.

 

 

 

 

 

3. Cutting stone veneer where necessary.

 

Wherever possible use uncut stones. When you have to cut a stone, lay it over the stone it will adjoin

and trace the outline with chalk, a pencil, or a scratching tool. Use a brick set and small

sledgehammer to score the line, making a groove about 1/8 inch deep. Set the stone veneer on top of

a scrap piece of wood. For large stones have someone stand on the other end. Split the stone veneer

with a single blow from the sledgehammer. If the scrap piece is large enough to use elsewhere,

protect it with a lumber scrap. You may have to make more than one split if you need a curved edge

on a stone.

 

 

 

4. Cleaning the joints around the stone veneer

 

As soon as the mortar has stiffened but before it has set, use a jointer to strike the joints. Brush away

the crumbs and burrs at the joint edges. Immediately clean any mortar off the face of stones with a

damp rag and brush. Avoid soaking the mortar joints.

 

 

 

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