Applying Artistic Stone
1.Securing Metal Lath
Apply moisture barrier of Stucco Wrap and 30lb. felt, or equivalent. Starting from the bottom , overlap horizontal joints by 4” and vertical joints by 8”. All corners should be wrapped 16”. Then, in accordance to local building code, apply 2 1/2 lb. Mesh, overlapping in the same manner as the felt paper. Lath should lay flat against supporting surface with no loose spots. Fasten with galvanized nails or staples, at least 1” into the studs, every 6”.
When applying bed coat or scratch coat over metal lath, spread evenly over the lath approximately 3/8” to 5/8” thick, keeping surface fairly flat. See mortar mix below for mixing instructions.
Applying the Stone
Lay out 1 to 3 boxes of stone in your work area for easy stone selection. Apply corner stone first and work down and across the wall surface. (With some stones you may want to work from the bottom up.) Spread 1/2” of mortar evenly across the entire back of the stone. To set stone the stone, apply even pressure on the entire stone using a circular motion. This will help to set the stone. Sometimes you may have to adjust your mortar consistency depending on weather conditions. It may be necessary to dampen the back of stones or the scratch coat in extremely hot or dry weather, in order to achieve proper bonding.
Note: These specifications were current at the time of publication but are subject to change at any time without notice. Please confirm the accuracy of these specifications with the manufacturer and/or distributor prior to installation.
Grouting the Stone
Using a grout bag, fill between the stone from the wall out to the stone surface. Do not over-fill the joints and mess the stone surface. To enhance the appearance of your stone, match the grout color to the stone. This will also allow for coverage of cuts, giving the stone a natural look.
Striking the Joints
When mortar becomes firm to the touch, strike the joints with a striking tool. Be sure to press grout firmly, filling any voids. When done, lightly sweep excess mortar dust from stone.
Important Tips for Do-It-Yourself Stone Installation
Though it is easy to carry out Artificial Stone Veneer Installation, still it is essential to take care of few important things such as:
- Surface preparation should be done properly as it is the base. Ensure making a leveled surface which will ease out the process of mortar and stone application.
- It is not necessary to start stone veneer installation from the bottom of the wall. Start from the top and work down applying the larger stones first.
- Stone Veneer panels should be fitted as closely as possible to leave less space. It gives a neat and natural look.
Thus keep these points in mind and efficiently complete Artificial Stone Veneer Installation.