“Thin stone veneer” might be an unfamiliar term when it comes to construction material and choices. Initially, these were mostly used for the fireplace or chimney but now, it’s common that many residential and commercial structures use these thin stone veneer for interior and exterior construction. Before going through the installation of thin stone veneer, first let’s know more about what it is.
Thin stone veneer is often used as a protective or decorative panel for interior and exterior walls. Stones are usually cut to a thickness of 1 inch and are ideal for siding, fireplaces and chimneys. This is different from a full bed veneer with a thickness of 3 “~ 5”.
This is very different from the cast stones that are often called by many names, such as artificial marble, artificial marble, and soft stone. Even if they look similar at first glance, the quality of natural thin stone veneer cannot be reproduced.
There are six general steps to a successful thin stone veneer installation project. The next important step will help you apply your own thin veneer outside your home.
Before applying a thin veneer to the surface of the wall, the surface must be prepared. The required preparatory steps depend on the type of surface to which the veneer is applied. In all cases, it may be necessary to remove the chemical membrane on the wall as part of the preparation.
It is important to recognize the benefits when starting with installing thin veneers in the corners. Starting from the corners makes it easier to pattern the corners and sides of the wall.
Type N or Type S grout is commonly used when installing thin stone veneers. When buying stone veneer, check with your supplier to find out which type of grout is right for you. In general, the type of mortar depends on the exact type of stone used.
Mortar joints are spaces where mortar can be seen through between thin veneer stones. These joints should form naturally as the grout is pushed between and around the stone pieces when the grout is set on the grout.
For best results, the location of existing building structural joints should be considered when placing control and movement joints on thin veneer pieces.
Thin stone veneers need to be taken care of over time to prevent premature aging or easy damage. Two of the most important concerns are to clean and seal the veneer, repel water and protect its color.
At AllGood Construction Service, our attention to detail extends to design choices for you. Your thin stone veneer construction can have a concrete emphasis, a brickwork emphasis, or a stonework emphasis. Feel free to call us at (770) 336-7876 and we’ll be glad to lay out your options as thin stone veneers offer many opportunities for architects, homeowners and masons. It is important to study which thin stone is suitable for you. It can be overwhelming because everyone has different ideas about what they want and there are so many options. If you get it right the first time, you don’t have to repeat it again … and it’s a great way to reduce costs, stress, and time.