Stone Veneer Installation
Manufactured stone veneer is often easier and cost less to install than authentic stone and is used in many different applications and on a wide variety of surfaces. Plus, there are endless options for using stone veneer on both wood and metal-framed structures, and over pre-cast concrete. Because of these various uses and adaptability, stone veneer has quickly become the most popular method of installation for many homeowners. Yet, many people wonder if they require professional stone mason and construction skills to complete the process.
There are a few things to consider when considering stone veneer installation in Renton, Washington. First of all, it is important to know that the process of installation is almost identical to that of manufactured stone veneer, with one exception – the actual stone veneer itself will be made from either natural stone or pressed raw concrete (preferably cemented). The manufactured stone veneer surface, however, will be custom-made to match the particular building or structure being installed. Therefore, it is important to choose a qualified and experienced mason to complete the installation. Also, the installation process is generally much faster and easier than traditional stone masonry, because the wall is already built and the process simply consists of reinforcing each individual piece of stone or manufactured material to the appropriate mortar joints.
Of course, the actual skill level of the installers performing stone veneer installation will vary depending on their experience and knowledge of manufactured stone. It is also important to choose a qualified installer who can properly advise you on your specific construction or renovation project. You should always ask to see photos of previous work they have completed in the area of your project. The best installers will even show you examples of their work. If possible, visit the homes or businesses of any potential contractors during your search for a good qualified contractor. This will allow you to see if they perform the types of installations you require, as well as their experience.
There are a few different methods of installing stone veneer, depending on the construction or renovation project. The most traditional method of installing is called simulated stone veneer, or SI stone veneer installation. In this installation, the surface to be protected is first sanded to create a smooth, even surface. Then, a thin, laminate layer is applied to the exposed surface. This thin, flexible laminate layer will protect the stone veneer from wear and abrasion, as well as help to make the installation easy to carry out and install.
In addition to using local building paper to place the stone veneer on your project, you may want to consider using a material that is slightly more durable, such as fiber cement. Fiber cement can also be easily stained to match the existing look of your home or business, or to provide a contrast color. Once the fiber cement has cured sufficiently, it can then be painted to match the exterior color of your home or business. Fiber cement can also be used to help create a professional look, although it does take some extra work and thought to prepare the surface properly. In this case, the installation process would be best handled by a professional stone veneer company.
When it comes to the actual installation process, two primary methods are often used. One method involves placing the stone veneer directly over a metal lath base. The other involves building up a strong layer of glue along the bottom half of the lath base and then applying a clear, colored topcoat of glue to the top of the glue-covered metal lath. The final step is to apply a heavy layer of finishing cement, which will adhere to the stone veneer to the metal lath completely. This method usually takes several hours, but can sometimes last overnight. For added durability, it’s also possible to use a combination of these steps in order to achieve a sturdier finish.