Stone Veneer Work
There's a great variety of stone colors and textures that we offer at East Penn Landscaping. In order to pick the best color and design, we want you to take into consideration your natural surroundings to find the perfect contrast. Our designers will give our input with the color and design to best suit your yard.
1. Preparing the surface for installation
If the wall is wood framed, we will cover the entire wall surface with expanded metal reinforcement to fit the surface. Next, we will overlap all joints and corners but will not leave any seams at corners. During this process, we will overlap at least six inches on the vertical seams and two inches on the horizontal seams. If you have an unpainted concrete block or poured concrete, a metal reinforcement will not be required.
2. Scratch Coat
We will ensure that the soil is compacted at a very minimum of 95% for durability purposes. It is very important to elevate the building pad to keep its structure.
3. Trimming for a perfect Fit
Stone veneer work may require some adjustments such as slight trimming to acquire the perfect shape for each application. This step is very important so we can ensure tight fitting mortar joints all around the surface. Some patterns may require an additional small amount of trimming while others may require much more for the perfect fit.
4. Apply Mortar to Stone
Coating every single stone with a very thin layer of mortar onto the back of the veneer stone will be done right before it is set into place.
5. Apply the Stone
When applying the stone we will place large stones first, then fill in gaps with smaller ones. It is important to keep stone joints as narrow as possible in order to minimize grout lines, giving everything a more natural look. When installing, some force must be applied in order to squeeze out excess mortar from behind the stone.
Once all stone has been placed you will have to wait thirty minutes to an hour before pushing the mortar deeper into the joints. Once that process is complete, you will have to remove any excess mortar that is not supposed to be there. The finishing touch will be to clean all joints and stone surfaces to prepare for the last step which would be grouting.
A variation of colors can be added to your grouting to help it blend in a more natural look with the layout of your stone. When filling in the grout, use a grout bag to force mortar deeply into all the joints for the best look possible.