If you love the look of stone homes, but don’t have the money or inclination to install real stone on your house, stone veneer might just be the perfect choice for your next renovation project. Today’s stone veneer styles look amazingly realistic and are much simpler to install than natural stone; they also weigh significantly less, which means there are fewer factors to consider prior to adhering them to your home’s exterior walls.
As you read the rest of this guide, you’ll learn more about the steps that are involved in the stone veneer installation process. Although this is certainly something do-it-yourselfers might be tempted to try, the information presented here is really meant to help you gain a better understanding of what your professional contractor is doing. When taking on a major job like this, it is almost always best to let an expert handle it.
Prepare the walls.
Before a stone veneer can be attached to exterior walls, they must first be prepared for their new covering. If you currently have siding or another protruding covering on your house, you’ll need to remove it before attaching your new faux stones. It’s also a good idea to clean the surface to remove any debris. It bears noting that most stone veneers can be attached directly to stucco and brick walls, so you’ll just need to clean them before beginning the application process.
Mix the cement properly.
Stone veneer requires an S-type cement scratch coat to be applied underneath it. Mixing the cement for this step can be easier said than done. It’s best to use a cement mixer, which can be rented from many home improvement stores. You will, however, need to make sure you clean the machine well and return it in the same condition you received it; this can be a challenge if any cement dries in the machine! If you’re willing to spend a bit more money, you can also purchase pre-mixed cement, which is the most efficient choice.
Adhere the veneer.
Once your scratch coat is on, you can start actually attaching your stone veneer to your home. You will need a new batch of cement before you can begin this step. Apply a layer of cement to the back of each faux stone, like you are buttering bread. Then, firmly attach it to the wall, holding it in place for about 10 seconds.
It is critical to do a small section, and measure to make sure everything is level, then start the next small section. This will ensure that the wall is even and natural-looking in the end. Once you’ve gotten all the faux stone pieces adhered, it’s time to clean the veneer. It will probably have cement and dirt on it by the end of the installation process. Using a hose is the easiest way to wash your new stone walls. When you’re finished, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor!
If you think a stone veneer would look great on your house, but you want to take our advice about not trying it on your own, we would love to hear from you today! The team at Hatch Homes has years of experience with stone veneers and other home remodeling projects. We are looking forward to working with you as you create your dream home.