We have tried to be as descriptive as possible with our instructions. At first glance they may come across as mind boggling complicated and simply undoable for some. However you could not be further from the truth. While installing veneer stone can be hard work it is also very rewarding and will be something that you can be proud to say "I did that !". One rule that we were taught when we were learning to be a bricklayer was " what looks complicated is almost always simple" Follow our steps and you will have success and remember you will always be able to talk to us if you feel you might be in trouble.
Interior and exterior applications Including Concrete board,plywood,existing brick or block, High temperature applications
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Step 1: Calculating Materials
Before you can begin the installation project, you will need to calculate the proper amount of material for your thin stone veneer project
How Much Stone Do You Need?
Begin by figuring the square footage of the area you plan to cover with stone (length x height). If your project includes cornerstones, deduct 1 square foot for each linear foot of corners that you will utilize.
Mesure all doors and windows (length x height) and subtract this amount from the area you plan to cover
Example: If Your project is 10 feet long and 10 Feet high (10X10=100 Square feet (SF) ) You have a window that is 5 feet wide and 4 feet high (5X4=25 Sf) The total square feet of stone needed is 75Sf (100-25= 75 sf)
For outside corners we supply corners on a linear foot bases. Simply Measure the corner from top to bottom
Note: 1 Linear foot is equivalent to 1 sf of flats
Splitter Creek always recommends ordering 5-7% extra for Waste and cuts
Not Sure? Message Splitter Creek and we can help calculate your stone needs.
Mortar Joint Size
One aspect to consider when calculating your materials is the size of the mortar joint between the piece stone. Most stone is packaged assuming a 1/2" mortar joint. If your joint will vary (such as a dry-stack or over grout application) adjust your estimates accordingly.
Now that you have purchased our stone it is time to install it !
Step 2: Surface preparation
Stone veneer can be installed directly to some of these surfaces if clean and absent of any paint or debris. Be sure to inspect new concrete to insure there is no release agents (form oil) on the surface. If release agents are present, etch the surface of the concrete with etching agent. Surfaces that have been painted must be sandblasted or otherwise stripped of paint. Surface must be free of paint, dust, or dirt. If cleaning of surface is too difficult, metal lath may be affixed to the surface with concrete nails or screws. In accordance with local building codes. Stop metal lath 1" from finished edges. Be sure to wrap all corners, overlapping the metal lath at least 6"Nail or screw metal on a 6X6" square and every 4"on studding with a wide head nail or screw always install wire lath where spalling or cracks are present.
For fireplaces and wood stoves
Splitter Creek Veneer always recommends To install the fireplace as per the manufacturer's specifications at all times If you are installing our stone to concrete or brick there is no need for wire lath however if you are installing to concrete board or plywood wire mesh is required we also recommend using our Spec mix products as they are engineered for heat applications Don't under any circumstance use a polymeric grout or glue to install our products in a high heat application as these products are very flammable an you will run the risk of a fire. Splitter Creek Recommends only using concrete board on fireplaces and around wood stoves as opposed to a combination of plywood and concrete board our thought is why run the risk The following steps can be found here